Smith Point County Park

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, New York

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Across the causeway over Narrow Bay and next to the Fire Island National Seashore, Smith Point County Park is a campground for beach bums and water lovers. A limited amount of space and a lack of trees or much vegetation means the vast majority of the sites will soak up a lot of midday sun. Tents are not permitted in outer beach sites or electric sites at Smith Point. The Beach Hut restaurant near the center of the camping area includes a raw bar and an ice cream parlor and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to campers who might not know their way around a grill. Walk west from the campground past the day parking area to reach the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Visitor Center exhibits about the barrier island, ranger-led interpretive programs, as well as a second floor viewing area with panoramas of the surrounding landscape and seascape make it well worth a stop. National Park rangers also issue backcountry camping permits here. Due to the presence of endangered shorebird nesting sites on both the ocean and bay beaches, campers are asked to respect signs and fenced-off areas.

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"Across the causeway over Narrow Bay and next to the Fire Island National Seashore, Smith Point County Park is a campground for beach bums and water lovers. A limited amount of space and a lack of trees or much vegetation means the vast majority of the sites will soak up a lot of midday sun. Tents are not permitted in outer beach sites or electric sites at Smith Point. The Beach Hut restaurant near the center of the camping area includes a raw bar and an ice cream parlor and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to campers who might not know their way around a grill. Walk west from the campground past the day parking area to reach the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Visitor Center exhibits about the barrier island, ranger-led interpretive programs, as well as a second floor viewing area with panoramas of the surrounding landscape and seascape make it well worth a stop. National Park rangers also issue backcountry camping permits here. Due to the presence of endangered shorebird nesting sites on both the ocean and bay beaches, campers are asked to respect signs and fenced-off areas."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: TWA Flight 800 International Memorial

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