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Heckscher State Park

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

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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
  • 2015 Overlook Beach Hours: 6/27-8/16: 10 am - 6 pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays only.
  • 2015 West Beach Hours: 6/27 - 9/7: 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.

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.

  • 2015 VUF/Parking Fees
  • 4/4-5/17: $8 per car
    5/23-9/7: $10 per car
    9/12-10/12: $8 per car
    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 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-2100

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

Register Now

Contact event coordinator David Guest for more information:  

Registration: Required
Sun 22 May
Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, May 22, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Heckscher State Park
(631) 581-1072

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?

Registration: Required
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.

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

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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