You’re never far from the water when you stay near Montauk, the end of Long Island.
It’s a long way to the far eastern end of Long Island, but more than 5,000 acres of natural beauty is a good incentive. With beaches and six state parks, including Camp Hero State Park and Montauk Point State Park, home to the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse, Montauk attracts surfers, anglers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, and cross-country skiing. You can camp at Hither Hills State Park Campground, near the walking dunes of Napeague Harbor, and at Montauk County Park, but for more options, you can also go on a camping trip and head further west into Long Island.
The Hamptons Just west of Montauk, the Hamptons is popular among the well-heeled and celebrity set, particularly over summer weekends, drawn here by the glamorous beaches and vibrant culinary and nightlife scene. Stay close to the action with a stay at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, with picnic areas and hiking trails nearby. For a more rustic experience, park your RV on the outer beach at Cupsogue County Park or Shinnecock East County Park and go sport fishing for striped bass in the surf. Fire Island Further west, go car-free on Fire Island. The 32-mile long barrier island is largely protected by the Fire Island National Seashore, and offers 17 resort communities and plenty of white sand beaches. The Watch Hill Family Campground offers tent camping and glamping. Or camp in the backcountry at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness. Campers with RVs, trailers, or pop-ups should head to Smith Point County Park, the only campground on the otherwise car-free island you can drive to. North Fork The northeastern peninsula of Long Island is known for its many wineries and farms, including one of the largest lavender farms in the country. Explore charming seaside towns or beaches with access to the Long Island Sounds, Peconic Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The Indian Island County Park is one of a few campgrounds open year-round. You can also pitch a tent at Peconic River Campground, with sites for tents and RV camping with hookups.
Summer is the most popular time to visit Montauk. When the temperatures soar, so do the crowds. Avoid summer weekends if you can. Visit in early fall to beat the crowds while still enjoying nice weather. Winter is a good time to enjoy a quiet getaway, though many shops and restaurants and most campgrounds are closed in the offseason. Surfing is allowed in the winter at Montauk Point State. Striped bass fishing season usually starts in late spring and lasts through the fall.
- You can take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) or the Hampton Jitney to get to Montauk, but you may want a car to get around on Long Island. - Many Long Island parks and campgrounds require reservations in advance. Some campgrounds may only be reserved by county residents at certain times. - Many beaches around Montauk require a permit for parking. - Public campgrounds that are open during the off-season and outer beach camping are limited to self-contained campers and motorhomes. Tent camping is not permitted. - Bring insect repellent. Mosquitos and ticks can be an issue, especially in summer.