This Hidden Beach has the ‘whitest, most pristine sand in New York”

If you’re from Long Island (which, if you’re reading this you probably are), you most likely will know Montauk. What you might not know is that the Montauk Peninsula is home to a very large State Park that borders the Atlantic Ocean as well as Gardiners Bay. This park is home to family fun camp sites, pristine beaches, Hiking Trails, Hunting Trails and mountain Bike Trails..

If you’ve ever visited, you most likely camped at the camp sites or hung out on the overlooks.

What you may not know, however, is that Hither Hills State Park (where the camping happens), was recently in the spotlight on the website “Only In Your State”.

According to the site Hither Hill’s 1,750+ acres “features a dreamy beach”, as well “many trails, [that will lead] visitors through dunes and picturesque scenery.”

With the weather warming up and camping season ramping up, it’d be the perfect time to consider making reservations with New York State to book a camp site!

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 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.

4 Wheel Beach Vehicle Permit

  • NYS Vehicle Registration $65
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $110

7 Day Sport Fishing Permit

  • $25

Annual Sport Fishing Permit

  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55


  • $35/night
  • $70/night for non-NYS residents
  • Motor homes, pop-ups and trailers are not allowed in the parking lot Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Group Camps

  • Group Camps are available. Please contact the park directly for fees and availability.

Star Gazing Permit

  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55

Vehicle Entrance Fee

  • Cars $10 daily
  • Non-Profit Buses $35
  • Commercial Buses $75
  • Buses by Permit only (not in July or August) on weekends.