Heckscher State Park was once the 19th century estates of George C. Taylor and J. Neal Plum. William Nicoll, founder of the Town of Islip, originally built his estate on this property. The park was bought by the State of New York using a donation by the affluent August Heckscher with strong opposition from wealthy local residents. It was one of Robert Moses' most difficult fights to obtain land for public recreation on Long Island. Only with assistance and support from then Governor Alfred E. Smith was Moses able to close the deal on this beautiful property fronting the Great South Bay.
The 1,600 acres of Heckscher State Park on the south shore of Long Island are used by park visitors for a number of outdoor activities; primarily, the park's shady picnic groves provide the idyllic spots for family and group picnic outings. Large open fields are used for soccer, cricket, lacrosse, and other field sports. Four miles of paved, multi-use trails attract bicycle riders, walkers, and nature lovers. In addition to stunning views of the Great South Bay with Fire Island as the backdrop, visitors see whitetail deer, a variety of birds and other wildlife.
The Great South Bay is a great park resource, providing opportunities for bay swimming, boat launching, sail boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. Other popular activities in the park include: picnicking, biking, sports fields, walking, jogging, scenic viewing, nature observation.
For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.
*Current Water Quality - Beach Results
Dogs only. Access in undeveloped areas only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing and picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings or on walkways.
Swimming pool: Closed.
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
Come join us at Heckscher State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Beach Cleanup
Project 2: Trail Cleanup
Project 3: Picnic table repairs/building and Painting
Contact event coordinator David Guest for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature hides things in plain sight every day. Take a short walk, guided by a member of the Environmental Education Team, as you discover nature's hidden "gems". Can you find the items on the list to complete the scavenger hunt?
Join us for a new series of hikes on "the trails less traveled". We will visit different parks on the 1st Saturday of each month to walk an average 3-4 miles.
Entry Fee for Tier 1 opens April 1st to the first 2,500 entrants and includes all 8 races - $70.00 individual registration. Tier 2 opens to the first 1,500 entrants when Tier 1 reaches capacity and includes 4 races only – individual registration is $55.00.
In person registration: Long Island State Park Headquarters 625 Belmont Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704
Online registration: Active.com or flrrt.com
No Day of Race RegistrationLocations, Dates and Distances – All races begin at 7:00PM
Heckscher – June 13th – 5 miles
Sunken Meadow – June 20th – 10K
Belmont Lake – June 27th – 5K
Bethpage – July 11th – 5K
Hempstead Lake – July 18th - 4K
Caumsett – July 25th – 5K
Robert Moses – August 1st – 5K
Jones Beach – August 8th – 5 miles
This family-oriented event, themed "Great Outdoors", will entertain and educate children of all ages. Various organizations will be onsite to promote outdoor recreation and also discuss environmental issues and concerns.
Free to public, vehicle use fee in effect