Montauk State Park is located at the far east end of Long Island's south fork and is only accessible by Rte 27 (Montauk Hwy). The park has a parking fee, but is free to Empire Passport holders. Within the park sits several hiking and beach trails, a restaurant with a (very expensive) bar, picnic areas, a 4x4 area for permitted vehicles and the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse has a seperate fee for entry, but the gift shop for the lighthouse is accessible to all park goers. There is also a gift shop inside the restaurant.
Upon entering the park, you can't help but to miss the majestic lighthouse towering above the sea and bluffs. Surrounding it are gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound. On a clear day, one can see across the sea to Block Island and to Connecticut. When we arrived, we noticed that there were several RV's camping at the park. I don't know the details as to what reservations and permits are required, but I did see that there is a small playground and a clean restroom in the RV parking lot. I did not see showers in that are, but I wasn't looking for them either.
Throughout the park's upper levels of the bluffs are several oversized swings that easily fit several grown adults which allow you to sit and enjoy the wonderful ocean breezes and views. The restaurant area has a bar. We ordered a beer and a mixed drink and I thought the mixed drink was superbly overpriced at $11. We packed a picnic lunch so I can't speak about the menu pricing. There is also a giftshop within the restaurant and a bathroom for patrons. Behind the restaurant sits a patio with several tables, a map of the area, and some viewfinders. We were already almost done with our meal when we were told by a restaurant employee that outside food was not allowed to be eaten in that area, however, we looked specifically for a sign saying this before we sat and there only exists on which you can't see if you walk through the restaurant. The patio is also accessed from the walkway.
Adjacent to the restaurant is a path down to the northern side of the beach with another swing. The beach is very rock and the rocks are slippery and you have to hike a bit down to get to the beach. This side is not a good area to go swimming. The lighthouse can be seen from many points along the beach as well. There were trails down to the beach which we didn't explore as we didn't immediately recognize them and there is an area accessible to 4x4 permitted vehicles.
There is also a path to the southern side of the beach (Turtle Cove) which is past the lighthouse. We did not walk that area, but it seemed like the beach on that side was a lot less rocky than the other side. There were several people fishing along both sides of the beach when we were there.
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