Heckscher State Park
Heckscher State Park
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  • Michael S
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    A birders delight.
    First of all I think some reviewers are missing the primary type of location Heckscher State Park is. It's lush Deciduous forest is the home to an abundance of wildlife ranging from Owls and Hawks to Cardinals and Robins you'll see in backyards. The Spring brings the parks breeding migratory Osprey back to their breeding grounds of which there are at least 7-12 active Osprey nests ( as of 7-7-22 multiple nests have confirmed nestlings ). This park is the ideal birding habitat slotting nicely alongside nearby Bayard Cutting and Connetquot. It's well worth the entry fee, but I'd strongly advise purchasing an Empire Pass. The Empire Pass is good for parking at all NYS parks and pays for itself over multiple visits.
    Traveled solo
    Written July 8, 2022
  • Thomas B
    2 contributions
    Abundant wildlife just adds to the ambience of this great treasure of a park.
    Totally awesome disc golf course is unmatched anywhere in Metropolitan area. Incredible sunset water views this time of year are as good as anywhere on Long Island. Park is Quieter and less well known as other state parks in Suffolk County. Awesome picnic areas for family events and very nice bay beaches. Abundant wildlife just adds to the ambience of this great treasure of a park.
    Written January 10, 2021
  • T train
    Queens, New York4 contributions
    needs TLC
    The park has potential of becoming a great place to spend the weekend or more days camping, unfortunately it desperately needs upgrades. Unless glamping in the newly constructed cottages on the shore, do not bother with the campsites. The restrooms are terrifying, last renovated probably in the 80's. They are not cleaned frequently. We camped there beginning of July 2020 and perhaps the park was understaffed due to COVID -19 but still, the conditions were unacceptable. The campsites were only 50% occupied due to COVID-19 restrictions also but that did not prevent some loud campers from keeping up all others up until 2am. Why are the quiet times not enforced? No idea. Could be potential revenue to the park if fines are imposed and executed. Beware, lots of ticks and mosquitoes. Like millions of them, and citronella will not do much for protection. Great bike trails and beautiful scenery.
    Written July 7, 2020
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Johnny-Deeeeee
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Apr 2021 • Couples
We’ve just wrapped up a wonderful week of peace and calm at the Hecksher State Park cottages. We stayed in Cottage 1, a 2-bedroom unit, which is on the far right of the lot.

Prior to our arrival, the Philip in the park office provided great help and information. Once we checked in the, the welcome was warm and appreciative. It was a great start to our visit.

Our cottage was spotlessly clean and there were no surprises. We had packed comprehensively for our trip and were well set for cooking as needed, or eating out at the good local restaurants, Teller’s, Shandon Court, etc. The local food market, Pat’s, was surprisingly good and very close to the park. It had everything we needed for the week. We popped over there each day depending on appetite and mood. It would be easy to minimize cooking by ordering the wide selection of ready prepared fresh food at Pat’s. We had some friends to visit and re-heated their excellent catering trays.

We truly enjoyed the calm, the sunny days, and incredibly dark nights. During the day, we walked long walks, napped, listened to music, read, and embraced the silence. Even though we had not traveled far, it was a true getaway and a disconnect from the daily routine at a very reasonable price. As a post-pandemic getaway, this was a perfect choice.

Highly recommended. Thank you to Philip and to the cleaning crew for a great job in creating a special experience. Well done!
Written April 30, 2021
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LikeItIs1
Miller Place, NY118 contributions
Mar 2020
With the Coronavirus threat looming, going to State Parks ,and having a picnic in the clean open air is a fantastic thing to do stay safe. We did a small BBQ , and enjoyed the fresh air. There are walking and bike trails. You can fly a kite, walk your dog, play in the playground, read a book, or just look at the water. No reason to go to the mall, movies or any other indoor activity. Doing things outdoors is a great way to still enjoy life and stay safe at the same time.
Written March 15, 2020
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The Sushi Guy 🍣
Long Island, NY14,160 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
It was a chilly, gloomy Sunday afternoon. I needed some fresh air. This was the place to walk. Very and calming. The bay was very choppy, a heavy rain and wind is on the way. Not much of a beach. The sand is very rocky. The area is much cleaner than it was a few months ago. Very relaxing spot to take in the Great South Bay.
Written November 15, 2020
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The Sushi Guy 🍣
Long Island, NY14,160 contributions
May 2020 • Family
We took a nice walk by the bay along the trail. The beach is very small and rocky. There are pathways for walking and bike riding. Definitely worth a drive to check out. It's hard to believe I've been here only twice in 8 years. My home is less than 10 minutes away.
Written May 7, 2020
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The Sushi Guy 🍣
Long Island, NY14,160 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
I am very lucky to have this park/beach only seven minutes from our home. The boat ramp area is a place I have never been to. Most of my neighbors have boats and this is where they launch them. Plenty of space to maneuver your vehicle to get the vessel as close to the water as possible. There is even an area with running water to wash your boat when you are finished.

Once your boat is in the bay, you can access the ocean or Fire Island in minutes.
Written January 7, 2023
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FLDSETTER
East Hampton, NY919 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
I must be missing something here ! First there is no camping . And it’s been closed for many years so I have no idea what previous reviews are talking about ! The parking lots that people talk about are never crowded and have not been since they closed the wonderful pool on the bayside ! One beach is all rocks and the other is for busses from the city . Other than that what beach ? I grew up here / this place is just a piece of land with bike paths . That’s it folks . It’s run down and it’s got amenities like camping and a pool but are closed for the foreseeable future . I did see where the model airplane guys got there own new parking lot at the rocky beach all to them selves . In the mean time no rest rooms until like July ! The deer population has been culled to next to nothing . So let’s recap a nice place for the state park police to hang out and do nothing - no camping - no pool - and one beach ( the second rocky beach is currently a private air field for amateur flyers . Go anywhere but here . And oh yes the dirty great South Bay is your bathing option . Summers are short go elsewhere !!
Written May 14, 2018
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FLDSETTER
East Hampton, NY919 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
This use to be the Gem of the south shore , they have slowly abandoned this State park . As of this moment the pool is slated to be demolished one of the main reasons folks went here - 2nd the camping area has not been open since they shut it down some 6-8 years ago ? The beaches are Disgusting with sand that looks like it came from a rock quarry ! And yes folks they trucked this garbage in for your enjoyment . As of late something has been missing ,As if the above was not enough reason not to spend 8.00 to go there . The deer population seems have disappeared ??? This is suppose to be the home of the white tail Deer ? I have not seen one in my last 4 visits there to do my weekly check on the migrating osprey . Well there you have it . Unless you are looking for a rocky beach in the great South Bay or looking not to swim in a demolished pool or maybe you would like to camp out in a park which closed its camping area over 5 years ago , or maybe it's the non existent deer population your after . I really would like to know how the deer in the thousands just vanished ?????? Go any where but here !
Written April 18, 2016
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Tradervic21
150 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
There are good and bad reviews for this park. I think part of that is because some people have the wrong expectations for this place. Let me help you.

If you want a nice beach to swim or take your kids for a family day at the beach you will most likely not like this park.

If you want to go somewhere where you can grill burgers or want some solitude on the sand to read and don't care about the water this will be good for you.

The beaches all have swimming prohibited signs. The beach is very narrow and mostly gravelly rocks. There is a lot and I mean a lot of seagrass washed up at the waters edge. There is also quite a bit of garbage washed up too. The water is pretty mucky as well.

When I went the place was mostly empty even though it was a warm sunny day. This is probably because people would rather go to a swimming beach.

Now you know
Written June 18, 2016
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FLDSETTER
East Hampton, NY919 contributions
Jul 2013
Today was a hot humid day on Long Island . My wife and I decided to see if all the calls we made to the state would make a difference , This Park has not had any work done to it in yrs / the pool is closed again for the 3-4 th year. The Campgrounds are still closed going on 5 yrs ! So what's the 10.00 entry Fee for ? Surely not the beaches , that's not even Sand in field 8 . It's gravel ! I have now given up on this forgotten park I have visited for most of my life . Shame on you NY state dept of Parks . I Give it 1 star for the deer population .
Written July 7, 2013
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Camper2346257
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Aug 2019 • Family
Renovated campground for the 2019 season but LOUD and with minimal privacy from others I will never come back. Music blaring through the night, rudest campers ever here.
Written August 31, 2019
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