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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: