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Heckscher State Park

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Address
Heckscher Parkway Field 1
East Islip, NY 11730
Latitude 40.716801
Longitude -73.164268

Spring Nature Programs
Spring Nature Program Descriptions

Heckscher State Park was once the 19th century estates of George C. Taylor and J. Neal Plum. William Nicoll, founder of the Town of Islip, originally built his estate on this property. The park was bought by the State of New York using a donation by the affluent August Heckscher with strong opposition from wealthy local residents. It was one of Robert Moses' most difficult fights to obtain land for public recreation on Long Island. Only with assistance and support from then Governor Alfred E. Smith was Moses able to close the deal on this beautiful property fronting the Great South Bay.

The 1,600 acres of Heckscher State Park on the south shore of Long Island are used by park visitors for a number of outdoor activities; primarily, the park's shady picnic groves provide the idyllic spots for family and group picnic outings. Large open fields are used for soccer, cricket, lacrosse, and other field sports. Four miles of paved, multi-use trails attract bicycle riders, walkers, and nature lovers. In addition to stunning views of the Great South Bay with Fire Island as the backdrop, visitors see whitetail deer, a variety of birds and other wildlife.

The Great South Bay is a great park resource, providing opportunities for bay swimming, boat launching, sail boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. NEW Cottages! Checkout the newly built waterfront cottages offering 3-season accommodations. Cottages can accommodate 2-6 people and include; living room, bedroom(s), full kitchen, bathroom, screened porch and spectacular views! Other popular activities in the park include: picnicking, biking, sports fields, walking, jogging, scenic viewing, nature observation.

3 pavilions are available by Permit Only. Find out more information on picnic pavilion reservations and view the options available (see bottom of page under Documents for photos).

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

*Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. No pets allowed in camping area. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to sunset
  • 2019 Overlook Beach Hours: 6/22-8/11: 11 am - 6 pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays only.
  • 2019 West Beach Hours: 6/22 - 9/2: 10:00 am - 6 pm, daily.
  • Campgrounds reopen June 28. For reservations, please visit Reserve America
  • Boat launch, hiking, cycling and running available year round.
    Recreational programs offered year round.
    Cross Country Skiing available during the winter season.
  • Picnicking: Available all year.
    Pavilion Areas Field #3: 400 person max.
    Field #2: Taylor & Deer Range: 500 person max. each.
  • Swimming pool: Closed.
    Camping: Closed.

  • Disc Golf: Open year round

Fees & Rates

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • 2019 VUF/Parking Fees
  • 4/6 - 5/19: $8 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    5/25 - 6/21: $8 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Daily
    7:00am - 6:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    6/22 - 9/2: $10 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Daily
    7:00am - 6:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    9/7-10/14: $8 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75
  • Cottages
  • 1 Bedroom Cottages:
    Non-Peak: $225/night, $1,350/week
    Peak: $250/night, $1,500/week
    Core: $1,500/week

    2 Bedroom Cottages:
    Non-Peak: $255/night, $1,530/week
    Peak: $285/night, $1,710/week
    Core: $1,710/week

    2 Bedroom with Loft Cottages:
    Non-Peak: $285/night, $1,710/week
    Peak: $320/night, $1,920/week
    Core: $1,920/week

  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Airplane
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Picnicking - Pavilion Areas
  • Field #3 - $325
    400 person maximum
    Field #2 - Taylor & Deer Range 500 person max. each
    Weekends/Holidays - $250
    Weekdays - $200
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

Register
Start time for all projects: 10am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Field 1 Parking Lot.

Volunteer Project #1: Coastal Cleanup. Please bring: Water. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #2: Picnic Table Repair. Please bring: Water. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #3: Planting of annuals in flower beds. Please bring: Water. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #4: Greenbelt Trail Rehabilitation.Constructing small boardwalks for hikers to cross areas prone to flooding. Please bring: Water. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #5: Disc Golf Course landscaping.Please bring: Water. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 631-446-3314 Email: timothy.watson@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Jun
Nature by Bike
Friday, June 28, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-1072

Nature, history, exercise - this program has it all! As we enjoy the bike trails of Heckscher, we will make stops to highlight the natural and historic sites along the way. Recommended for ages 8+. Bring water, bug spray and your bike. Helmets Required!

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Jul
ANNUAL FREE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT IN THE PARK TO HONOR OUR HOMETOWN HEROES
Saturday, July 13, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

Patrons can enjoy the soothing sounds of classical music and a fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.

Location: Heckscher State Park, East Islip

Fee: $10 donation per vehicle collected from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Cottages (Accessible) * 4 of the 15 are Accessible.
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • X-Country Skiing