Heckscher State Park

Heckscher Parkway Southern State Parkway east to south end of Heckscher Parkway East Islip, NY 631-581-2100

Monarch butterflies gather by the hundreds in Heckscher

(Credit: Newsday File, 2007 / Michael E. Ach)

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Type: Biking trail, Sailing, Fishing Venues, Cross country skiing, State park, State beach Price:

Fees: $8 a car weekends Apr. 1-May 21 and daily May 27-June 23; $10 daily June 24-Labor Day; $8 a car weekends Sept. 9-Oct. 9.

Special features: Hills, Softball field, Biking, Outdoors, Health walk, Fishing, Playground, Free launch, Dirt paths, Restrooms, Swimming Description:

This 1,657-acre park on Great South Bay draws boaters and landlubbers. Two swimming beach areas, 5 softball fields, biking and walking paths (4.5 miles), boat ramp (no additional fee with vehicle use fee; day use only), picnic areas and pavilion rentals; Greenbelt Trail (1.5 miles); Cross country skiing in winter, permitted during normal park hours when the park is open, no equipment rentals; basketball courts, playground, 21-hole disc golf course; fishing in Great South Bay (7 a.m.-sunset); nature programs (631-581-1072). Beach access to kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, catamarans, and windsurfing equipment (Field 7)


Seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.






1.2 miles on Great South Bay


June 24-Labor Day (Beach), Call for hours

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