Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

January 31, 2019

George Gorman | 631-321-3403

Orient Beach State Park to Reopen Friday

October nor'easter cut off access to the park

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that Orient Beach in Suffolk County will reopen Friday, Feb. 1.

Orient Beach has been closed since a nor'easter on Oct. 27 cut off the only access to the park. High tide undermined and collapsed a section of the entrance roadway to the park, which is located on a peninsula at the eastern tip of the north fork of Long Island.

A $300,000 project to rebuild the roadway has reopened access to the park. The project will be complete later in the spring when the final coats of asphalt can be applied in warm weather. Approximately 12,0000 cubic yards of fill, generously donated by the Cross Sound Ferry from a previous dredging project, was placed along the roadway shoulders that had washed away in certain areas of the causeway.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 71 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.