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Heckscher State Park
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P.O. Box 153
East Islip, New York   11730

Phone: 631-581-2100
Heckscher State Park has more than a million visitors a year. Twenty miles of trails attract hikers, bicycle and cross-country skiers. Swimmers can use the Great South Bay or the swimming pool complex. There are picnic areas, a boat launch ramp, playing fields, playground and 69 camp sites. Only vehicles under eleven feet high can come into the campgrounds.
1. Heckscher State Park offers a designated swimming area in the Great South Bay.
2. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months for safety.
3. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are present.
4. The park also features a large kiddie pool for younger visitors to enjoy safely.
5. There's ample space around the beach and pools for sunbathing or picnicking between swims.

The park, located in East Islip on the South Shore of Long Island, offers a variety of boating options. There are four boat ramps available for public use to launch personal watercraft into the Great South Bay. However, overnight docking is not allowed and there's no marina within its premises. Kayaking and canoeing can also be enjoyed along its shoreline or in designated areas.
Located in East Islip, the park offers saltwater fishing opportunities. Species include flounder, bluefish and striped bass. Freshwater species like largemouth bass are also available for catch-and-release fishing.

Fishing is permitted year-round from piers or shorelines with a valid New York State license.

Boat rentals aren't offered but personal watercraft can be launched at certain points within the area.

Ice-fishing isn't allowed due to safety concerns related to inconsistent ice conditions during winter months.

Heckscher State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills. Some sites offer views of the Great South Bay.
Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the 3.7-mile paved loop, suitable for all skill levels. Be mindful of pedestrian traffic.

Mountain bikers might find limited options as off-road biking isn't permitted; stick to designated paths only.

Bike rentals are not available on-site so remember to bring your own equipment or rent from nearby facilities beforehand.

Helmets are strongly recommended due to occasional uneven terrain and high-traffic areas within this recreational area in East Islip, Long Island.

Remember that cycling is prohibited after sunset - plan accordingly if you're planning a late afternoon ride.

Always follow posted signage and respect park rules while enjoying the scenic views along Great South Bay during your bike ride.
The park offers a variety of birding opportunities with over 280 species recorded. It's home to waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. Birdwatchers can explore woodland trails or observe from the beach areas.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 4 dogs allowed
park review stars; one to five The dog area is near the boat basin. They must be leashed.
July 6 one of my favorite park by jimenezrajim
park review stars; one to five
May 26 no dog park by Danielle
park review stars; one to five this park needs to be more like Blydenburgh. it has no dog park and is not dog friendly. I think it would be a much better attraction to the south shore if it had a dog park.
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