Sunken Meadow State Park

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Beach at Sunken Meadow State Park
Boardwalk at the beachfront
Steep coast and beach

Sunken Meadow State Park, also known as Governor Alfred E. Smith State Park, is located in the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York in the USA on the North Shore of Long Island. The park's features include three miles (4.8 km) of beaches on the Long Island Sound, a three-quarters-mile-long (1.2 km) boardwalk, 27 holes of golf with a driving range and putting green, six miles (9.7 km) of hiking trails, and facilities for biking, horseback riding, watersports, and general recreation. In addition, there are playgrounds, softball fields, and a soccer field.[1]


The park's grounds provide an excellent venue for cross-country running, and host competitions for many cross-country teams from local high schools and runners' clubs. The 5-kilometer course, featuring the deliberately named "Cardiac Hill", is regarded as one of the most difficult cross-country courses in the US.[2][3]

The Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course features 27 holes that may be played as either 9 or 18 holes. The first two courses, Red and Green, were built in 1962, followed by the Blue Course in 1964. All three courses were designed by Alfred Tull. There is also a bar and snack food restaurant available and open to the public.[4]

The park also features beachfront swimming on Long Island Sound, hiking, large picnic areas with playfields, ball fields and playgrounds, a large picnic area in Field 4 with picnic tables and charcoal grills. The park is accessible by the Sunken Meadow State Parkway. It is open year round from sunrise to sunset. Moreover, in summer there is a wedding and event facility known as "The Pavilion".

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Coordinates: 40°54′00″N 73°15′18″W / 40.90°N 73.255°W / 40.90; -73.255