Napeague State Park

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Coordinates: 40°59′23″N 72°04′37″W / 40.989682°N 72.0769°W / 40.989682; -72.0769

Dunes at Napeague State Park

Napeague State Park is a 1,364-acre (5.52 km2) park on either side of the Montauk Highway, Route 27, on the "Napeague Stretch" between Amagansett, New York and Montauk, New York, in the United States. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean across the entire narrow width of the South Fork of Long Island to Gardiners Bay/Block Island Sound on the north.

On the edge of it is the hamlet of Napeague, New York.

The land was initially purchased by the Nature Conservancy and conveyed to New York State in 1986.[1] It consists mostly of wetlands in area where waves overwashed Long Island during the Great Hurricane of 1938.

There is virtually no infrastructure or permitted camping at the park, which is administered by nearby Hither Hills State Park. Its most distinguishing natural feature—a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach—is usually closed during the summer because the endangered Piping Plover nests near the beach.

The landmark of the park is the huge abandoned Smith Meal fish factory in an area on Gardiners Bay called Promised Land. A controversy rages after Cross Sound Ferry said it wanted to start ferry from the Promised Land terminal across Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut. There is currently no service connecting the South Fork of Long Island to Connecticut and its Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. The only ferry service on the east end of Long Island goes from Orient Point on the North Fork and North Fork residents said this creates traffic jams on its two-lane roads. East Hampton (town), New York has so far successfully fought any proposal to start ferry service there.

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