Hither Hills State Park offers visitors scenic picnic areas and fireplaces, sport fishing, a sandy ocean beach, playing fields, a playground and a 189-site campground on the ocean. Anglers can fish year-round and obtain permits to fish at night. The unique "walking dunes" of Napeague Harbor are located on the eastern boundary of the park, which also has woodlands filled with Russian olive, oak, shad and pine trees. Bridle paths and hiking, nature, biking and cross-country ski trails are available.
Please Note: Motor homes, pop-ups and trailers are not allowed in the parking lot Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Current Water Quality - Beach Results
Dogs only. Access in certain areas of the park only, on a leash not more than 6 feet: north of Montauk Parkway, East of Napeague Harbor and west of overlook parking. Not allowed in camping, bathing and picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings or on walkways. .
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Pelagic bird site
- Diverse species concentration site
- Species at risk site
The Napeague BCA consists of portions of Napeague and Hither Hills State Parks. It includes most of Napeague State Park and the western portion of Hither Hills State Park. It is located on eastern Long Island's South Fork.
Pelagic birds in the BCA include Least Terns and, until recently, Common Terns. Hicks Island had supported an average of 25 pairs of Least Terns per year for 14 years and an average of 106 pairs of Common Terns per year for 15 years. In 2006, within the BCA, there were 35 pairs of Least Terns on Hicks Island, 17 pairs at Goff Point and 3 pairs at Napeague Beach although they were unsuccessful. Diversity of birds is due in part to the fact that Napeague/Hither Hills is part of one of the largest, relatively unfragmented areas of maritime open space on eastern LI. Diversity of breeding birds is high including beach/dune species such as Piping Plover, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers. Roseate Terns and Black Skimmers have bred here in the past. Species at risk include both breeding species and wintering Short-eared Owls. The area around Napeague Harbor is one of the few sites on eastern Long Island that is still occupied by Northern Harriers during the breeding season. In addition to breeding by state threatened species, Northern Harrier and Least Terns, and species of special concern, Osprey, the site also hosts state endangered wintering Short-eared Owls. The state-endangered/federally threatened Piping Plover nests at Hicks Island, Goff Point and Napeague Beach.
In 2006, 23 pairs fledged 11 young. In 2005, 18 pairs fledged 23 young. The Hicks Island Common Tern colony was one of the more successful sites for Common Terns on Long Island. Habitat still exists and the site will be managed to increase chance for nesting success.
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In addition to statewide hunting regulations, special restrictions are in effect in state parks to protect visitors to ensure sound wildlife management. Hunters are advised to check with the state park regional office and with the local DEC wildlife management office for specific information.
All hunters must have a valid New York State hunting license and, where applicable, a federal waterfowl permit. Waterfowl hunters should note that current state regulations prohibit the use of lead shot.
Hither Hills State Park is open for small game and waterfowl hunting from 12/1 - 2/29. Deer season runs from 1/4-1/29, weekdays only. Hither Hills is also open for archery deer season from 11/1-12/31. Small game and waterfowl hunting are not permitted during January deer season. Trapping/turkey hunting is not permitted.
Permit and deer hunting information may be obtained from the regional office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which can be reached by calling 631-444-0273.