Larry Goldman and his dog, Duke, are full-time seasonal residents...

Larry Goldman and his dog, Duke, are full-time seasonal residents at McCann Campground in Greenport. Credit: Randee Daddona

Here are the best places to rough it in the wild on a fun-filled camping adventure.


Battle Row Campground 

1 Claremont Rd., Old Bethpage 

Season: Year-round. Campsites: 52 sites equipped with water and electric hookups, 12 tent sites (no water or electricity). Features: 44 acres, playground, showers, picnic areas, grills, dump station; must be 21 or older to reserve. More info: 516-572-8690, 

Nickerson Beach Park Campground 

Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach 

Season: April-Nov. Campsites: 89 sites for RVs. Features: 121-acre park, picnic area, beach, skate park, sewer and electric hookups. More info: 516-571-7700, 


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Blydenburgh County Park Campground 

Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown 

Season: April-Veterans Day. Campsites: 50 tent and trailer sites, 1 group site. Features: 588 acres, restrooms and showers, rowboat rentals, freshwater fishing, 2 dog parks, hiking, bridle paths, historic homes. More info: 631-854-3712

Cathedral Pines County Park Campground 

Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island 

Season: Closed for renovations, reopening end of May-June. Campsites: 142 sites, 10 with water and electric hookups, group and limited individual camping. Features: 322 acres, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking. More info: 631-852-5502, park closed for renovations until late May-June. 

Cedar Point County Park Campground 

Stephen Hands Path, East Hampton 

Season: April-Veterans Day. Campsites: 184 tent and trailer sites, 4 group sites. Features: 607 acres, nature trail, saltwater fishing with outer beach vehicle permit, rowboat rentals, picnic area, biking. More info: 631-852-7620

Eastern Long Island Kampground 

690 Queen St., Greenport 

Season: April 1-Nov. 30. Campsites: Deluxe safari tents, yurts, cabin suites, 130 tent and trailer sites (water, electric and sewer hookups). Features: Store, laundry, playground, pool, kid’s activities, fire truck rides, music, dog walk area. Fees: Trailer sites: $95 a night with 30 amp or $105 a night with 50 amp. Includes water, electric and sewer hookups. Safari tents: $275-$350 a night weekends (Thur.-Sat.), $250-$300 a night weekdays (Sun.-Wed., excluding holiday weekends), Yurts: $325-$500 a night weekends (Thur.-Sat.), $300-$350 a night for weekdays Sun.-Wed., excluding holiday weekends) Cabin suites $400-$650 a night weekends (Thur.-Sat.), $375-$425 a night weekday (Sun.-Wed., excluding holiday weekends). RV trailer rental: $250-$450 a night weekends Thurs-Sat., $150-$350 a night weekdays Sun.-Wed., excluding holiday weekends. All weekend reservations are two-night minimum. Holiday weekends are three-night minimum. Holiday rate extra, check website for complete list of rates. More info: 631-477-0022, 

Heckscher State Park Campground 

Heckscher Parkway, Field 1, East Islip 

Season: May 24-Sept. 1. Campsites: 69 tent/RV sites with platform. Features: 1,657-acre park, barbecue grill, picnic table, restroom, showers, dump station, playground, ballfield, access to bicycle path and nature trail. Each rented site must have an adult 21 and over registered; no pets. Fee: Tent/RV $18 a night Sun.-Thur., $22 a night Fri.-Sat.; $126-$154 a week. More info: 631-581-2100, 

Hither Hills State Park Campground 

164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk 

Season: April 12-Nov. 23. Campsites: 189 tent and trailer sites (behind dunes); no hookups. Features: 1,755 acres, restrooms, showers, general store, playgrounds, dump station, swimming, sand-castle contests, fishing, hiking trails, environmental programs. Fee: $31 weekdays, $35 weekends. Out-of-state resident: $62 weekdays, $70 weekends and holidays. More info: 631-668-2554, 

Indian Island County Park Campground 

Off Cross-River Drive, Riverhead 

Season: Year-round for self-contained campers. Campsites: 137 tent and trailer sites, 4 group sites. Features: 275 acres, fishing, picnics, playground, restrooms, showers. More info: 631-852-3232 

McCann Campground 

Moore’s Lane, Greenport 

Season: May-Nov. 1. Campsites: 45; water, electric and sewer hookups available. Features: More than 6 acres, restrooms, showers, dump station, Wi-Fi. Fee: Trailers: $63 a day, $400 a week. Tents: $46 a day, $240 a week. More info: 631-477-0043 or 631-477-0248, ext. 0, 

Sears Bellows County Park Campground

Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays 

Season: April-Nov. 11. Campsites: 70 tent and trailer sites. Features: 964 acres, rowboats, showers, bridle path, hiking, dump station. More info: 631-852-8290

Smith Point County Park Campground 

Off William Floyd Parkway, Shirley 

Season: March 1-Oct. 31. Campsites: 79 full hookups, 39 tent and 102 electric trailer sites. Features: Bathrooms, showers, dump station, playground, grills, protected beach area. More info: 631-852-1313

Southaven County Park Campground 

Victory Avenue, Brookhaven 

Season: April 1-Veterans Day. Campsites: 104 tent and trailer sites, 30 group sites, some with electricity. Features: 1,355 acres, picnic area, dump station, restrooms, showers, bridle paths, fishing, trails, rowboat rentals. More info: 631-852-1391 or 631-854-4949

Watch Hill Campground and Backcountry Camping at Fire Island National Seashore 

Fire Island (accessible by passenger ferry from Patchogue or by private boat) 

Season: Mid-May to mid-Oct. Campsites: 26 family tent sites and one group site; backcountry camping permits available at Features: Watch Hill marina, grills, restrooms, lifeguarded ocean beaches, park ranger programs, nature trail, snack bar, restaurant, marina store. Fees: Tent: $25 a night

and $100 weekly May 17-June 20, Sept. 3-Oct. 14; $35 a night and $175 weekly June 21-Sept. 2. Group camping: $75 a night, $275 weekly May 17-June 20, Sept. 3-Oct. 14; $75 a night and $350 weekly June 21-Sept. 2. Two-night minimum Fri.-Sat.; four-day minimum Fri.-Mon. on holidays and limited to 14 consecutive days. More info: 631-597-6074, 

West Hills County Park Campground 

Sweet Hollow Road, Melville 

Season: April-Nov. Campsites: 12 areas for youth groups only (scouts). Features: 854 acres, bridle paths, picnic area, dog park. More info: 631-854-4423

Wildwood State Park Campground 

790 Hulse Landing Rd. off Sound Avenue, Wading River 

Season: Tent/RV April 19-Sept. 1, Cottages through Oct. 19. Campsites: 242 tent sites, 80 trailer sites, and 10 cottages. Pets not allowed. Four one-bedroom (four-person capacity) and two-bedroom (six-person capacity) cottages have cedar shingles, mahogany trim and metal roofs while the rustic-style interior is composed of unfinished natural wood. Each is equipped with a full kitchen and bathroom, screened-in porch, picnic table, electric heating/AC, queen-sized beds and outdoor fire pits with attached grills. Fee: Glamping starts from $175 a night, deposit required. Tents/RV: $18 a night Sun.-Thur., $22 a night Fri.-Sat., $126-$154 a week. More info: 800-456-2267, 


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