Description - Located 132 miles from Manhattan, Montauk Point State Park is a heavily wooded tundra on the eastern tip of Long Island. The beautiful and historic Montauk Lighthouse resides on the point. Views of the converging tides from the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound are easily seen. Limited amenities include multi-use trails. Viewing wildlife is excellent year-round especially from the viewing blinds.
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Montauk Point State Park
- Montauk Point State Park, a heavily wooded tundra leading to the eastern tip of Long Island and the historic Montauk Lighthouse, offers some of the best surf fishing in the world. The view is unique because when the water is calm, visitors can clearly see the "race" of converging tides from the Atlantic and Block Island Sound. Visitors can also picnic at tables under the pine trees, use the nature trails to hike or cross-country ski or spend time watching harbor seals sun on the rocks offshore.
Recreation - Montauk Point State Park offers an opportunity to fish, picnic, enjoy a nature trail, hunt, ride horses, hike and have fun at the children's playground. Cross-country skiing is permitted in winter. The fishing site, concession area and picnic tables are handicapped accessible. A favorite pastime includes viewing wildlife. Harbor seals may be seen grooming themselves off shore along the rocky coast. Viewing blinds are available. The park's varied upland habitat is a great home to white-tailed deer, raccoons, red fox, weasels and rabbits. Waterfowl including razorbills, harlequin ducks, surf and black scoters and red-breasted mergansers have been spotted at Montauk Point. A nearby research and education organization offers whale watch excursions. The park also offers access to the Paumanok Path which combines the Pine Barrens Trail, East Hampton's Northwest Path and Stephen Talkhouse Path. The 100-mile excursion extends from Rocky Point to Montauk Point.
Climate - The Montauk Point area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. Typically Long Island has more than 200 days of frost-free growing season.
Located on the eastern most point of Long Island, Montauk Point State Park is easily accessed from SR 27.