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Orient Beach State Park
Description: The western part of this 364-acre park is a designated National Natural Landmark for its unspoiled sand and gravel spit, its pristine salt marshes and a globally rare maritime red cedar forest, considered the best example of its kind in New York State. Found throughout the forest is Long Island’s only cactus—the prickly pear. In addition, there is also a maritime post oak forest. Visitors can see several coastal salt ponds—globally rare habitats limited to the shores of New England and Long Island.

Wildlife to Watch: Visitors are drawn to a variety of wildlife, which includes common and snowy egrets, many species of gulls, piping plovers, ospreys, diamondbacked terrapins, white-tailed deer, slipper shells, mussels, fiddler crabs and channeled whelks. For some, however, the most amazing sight occurs in fall when thousands of migrating birds fill the skies.

Special Tips: The park is open at 8 a.m. year-round. Closing hours, fees and activities vary by season. Contact the park directly for more information. Fishing is allowed in season.

631-323-2440, Rte. 25, Orient, NY 11957


Other Activities: The park boasts 5.5 miles of trails, including a 2.2-mile bike path.

Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 364 acres 
Closest Town: Orient

ParkingHikingHuntingHandicap Accessible

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Snowy Egert - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From NYC and Nassau County, take I-495 east to exit 72 for NY 25 east toward Riverhead. Merge onto W. Main St. Turn right onto Main Rd. After 19.4 miles, continue onto Front St. Turn left onto Main St. Turn right onto NY 25 east/ Main Rd. After 7.6 miles, turn right onto State Pkwy. The park is on your right.

Map Link

Orient Beach State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area