Hither Hills State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Squeezed between the Atlantic Ocean and Napeague Bay, Hither Hills, and by extension greater Montauk, were used as grazing land by some of the first colonists in New York. Cattle ranching in the United States actually began in Montauk in the late seventeenth century. In fact, across from the entrance to the park, the brick foundation of the first house in the area as well as a small cemetery can still be seen today. The camping area and its many amenities are concentrated on the south side of the park, separated from the ocean by a barrier of high dunes. Sites H9 and H10 in the west area are handicapped accessible, as are D15, E8, and F10 in the west area. Seagulls glide by overhead, and in the evening, raccoons, eastern cottontails, and the occasional fox slink through the park, hoping to go unnoticed. The long rows of sites in both the east and west areas are close together and don’t provide much in the way of shade. Traffic to and from Montauk, including the Long Island Railroad, is clearly audible. During the summer season programs such as movies, arts and crafts, guided nature walks, and sandcastle sculpture contests are scheduled to entertain children and adults alike. Closer to Napeague Bay, the Stephen Talkhouse Path and the Serpent’s Back Trail pass through woodlands populated by oak, Russian olive, shad, and pine trees. To see the park’s famed “Walking Dunes,” drive west on Route 27 until Napeague Harbor Road. Turn right and follow it 1 mile until the end. Pets are not permitted at Hither Hills."