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Heckscher State Park

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Aerial spraying of the pesticide Gypcheck will take place at /Bethpage/ Heckscher / Connetquot River/ State Park on Friday, May 20, 2016, beginning at sunrise. This helicopter spraying will be limited to forest areas infested with gypsy moths. This spraying will last no more than 4-hours. Access to affected areas will be restricted. It is expected those areas impacted will be reopened in the afternoon. Public notification will occur at all park entrance locations and the area to be sprayed will be posted as well. This spraying is occurring due to extremely heavy infestations of gypsy moths. If the trees are left untreated, it will cause significant defoliation and will cause further decline in the health of the trees, possibly killing them.

Heckscher Parkway Field 1
East Islip, NY 11730
Latitude 40.716801
Longitude -73.164268

Information on Lottery Process for Use of Heckscher's Cricket Fields (2016)

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.

3 pavilions are available by Permit Only. Find out more information on picnic pavilion reservations and view the options available.

Spring Nature Programs

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Open seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    *The Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon will start and finish at Heckscher State Park in East Islip on September 13, 2015. Please see information on that day's road closures here
  • 2016 Overlook Beach Hours: 6/25-8/14: 10 am - 6 pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays only.
  • 2016 West Beach Hours: 6/25 - 9/10: 10 am - 6 pm, daily.
  • Boat launch, hiking, cycling and running available year round.
    Recreational programs offered year round.
    Cross Country Skiing available during the winter season.
  • Picnicking: Available all year.
    Pavilion Areas Field #3: 400 person max.
    Field #2: Taylor & Deer Range: 500 person max. each.
  • Swimming pool: Closed.
    Camping: Closed.

  • Disc Golf: Open year round

Fees & Rates

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.

  • 2016 VUF/Parking Fees
  • 4/2-5/22: $8 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    5/28-9/5: $10 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Daily
    7:00am - 6:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    9/10-10/10: $8 per car
    8:00am - 4:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Model Airplane
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Picnicking - Pavilion Areas
  • Field #3 - $325
    400 person maximum
    Field #2 - Taylor & Deer Range 500 person max. each
    Weekends/Holidays - $250
    Weekdays - $200
Sat 04 Jun
The Trails Less Traveled
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-1072

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.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Mon 13 Jun
Summer Run Series
Monday, June 13, 2016 07:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

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: or

Printable Application and Information

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

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Jun
2016 Heckscher Outdoor Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

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

Sat 02 Jul
My Reptile Guys
Saturday, July 2, 2016 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

A fun and educational, hour long interactive show with truly amazing reptiles. After the show, everyone will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the reptiles and take photos so bring your cameras!

Sun 03 Jul
Jester Jim
Sunday, July 3, 2016 02:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

Young and old will be glued to his every sound as Jester Jim performs his amazing juggling show.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • X-Country Skiing