Hither Hills State Park
|Hither Hills State Park|
Hither Hills State Park headquarters
|Location||164 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, New York
|Area||1,755 acres (7.10 km2)|
|Operated by||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation|
|Visitors||425,642 (in 2014)|
|Website||Hither Hills State Park|
The land that was to become Hither Hills State Park was once slated for private development of a recreational complex, including hotels, casinos, a polo field, and yacht basin, in the early 20th century. After the planned development was blocked by the Long Island State Park Commission, a portion of the private holdings were sold to New York State, who opened the 1,755-acre (7.10 km2) parcel as Hither Hills State Park in August 1924.
Location and access
The park is located on the South Fork of Long Island at Napeague. Three additional state parks a few miles farther east are: Montauk Downs State Park, Camp Hero State Park, and Montauk Point State Park.
The nearby hamlet of Montauk is accessible from the park via the Montauk Highway and the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. Suffolk Transit's 10C route also serves the beach connecting it with East Hampton and Montauk, and the Amagansett, East Hampton and Montauk Long Island Rail Road stations on the Montauk Branch.
The park offers a beach, picnic tables, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking, a bridle path, hunting, fishing, a campground with 168 tent and trailer sites near the ocean, cross-country skiing, and a food concession.
- "Hither Hills State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 672. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
- Natural Heritage Trust; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council of Parks & Recreation (1975). Fifty Years: New York State Parks, 1924-1974. Natural Heritage Trust. p. 19.
- "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
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