Orient Beach State Park

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Orient Long Beach Bar Light at the tip of Orient Beach State Park.

Orient Beach State Park is a 363 acre[1] state park located in the Town of Southold in Suffolk County, New York in the USA. The park is at the tip of the North Fork of Long Island.

Long Beach, located in the park was designated a National Natural Landmark in April 1980[2] for its 2.5-mile (4.0 km) sand spit beach demonstrating plant succession from salt marsh to maritime red cedar forest.[3]

The Orient Long Beach Bar Light commonly known as the Bug lighthouse is located inside the park.[4]

Recreation[edit]

Orient Beach is open throughout the year for day-use only.

The park offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking and biking (rentals available), fishing and a food concession.

Access to boats[edit]

In 1997, park rangers began enforcing an existing no boating policy on Long Beach in order to preserve the environment.[3] which led to controversy and arrests in 2000.

Flora and fauna[edit]

There is a common and roseate tern nesting area in the park.[2] There are also eelgrass beds offshore.[5]

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Coordinates: 41°07′46″N 72°15′59″W / 41.12937°N 72.2664°W / 41.12937; -72.2664