Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Heckscher State Park

Skip Navigation LinksHome / State Parks / Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway Field 1
East Islip, NY 11730
Latitude 40.716801
Longitude -73.164268

Fall Nature Programs

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.

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: 11 am - 6 pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays only.
  • 2016 West Beach Hours: 6/25 - 9/5: 10:30 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
Sun 13 Nov
Nature Quest
Sunday, November 13, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

Are you good at spotting things? Love scavenger hunts? Then this is the program for you! Go at your own pace with a map and list to hunt for the amusing creative and natural items.

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

Registration: Required

Get Directions

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