FISHING AT CAMP HERO STATE PARK -
Camp Hero State Park consist of 415 acres of diverse landscape which includes miles of heavily wooded areas, an historic military instillation and a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean. Specific features found in this park are the magnificent pristine maritime forest, natural freshwater wetlands, spectacular ocean vistas and dramatic bluffs rising from the ocean. This day use recreational facility offers an extensive system of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. A bounty of wildlife may be seen in an undisturbed environment along with an abundance of birds for observation. Specific facilities include picnic areas, a small parking field and a former military base that is registered as a National Historic Site. The park offers some of the best surf fishing locations in the world and is available 24 hours a day for those fisherman with permits.
- History -
Camp Hero is a former Military base in Montauk, NY. It was given to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Society in the 1980's, Since that time State Parks has been conducting a studies designed to help identify the type of recreation use appropriate for the camp.
Currently, Camp hero is designated as a limited public park, but has many uses in the past 200 years, including as a revolutionary war canon practice site. During its history, there have been two major military uses for the Camp Hero. In 1942, It was established to serve as a costal defense installation during World War 2, with 600 enlisted men and 37 officers stationed at its peak in 1949. In 1951 the U.S Air Force began using the Camp Hero site for Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA) training which continued until 1957. More information regarding Camp hero's history and the ongoing studies can be found at the Montauk Library and the Montauk Downs State Park.
Camp Hero State Park
Camp Hero Park and Picnics
-Environmental Education -
Hours of Operation
Mailing Address Only
Guided nature walks, historical tours and environmental programs are available to families, children, adults, youth organizations and clubs and other State Parks on Long Island. For additional information contact the park office or call the Environmental Office at
Park open sunrise to sunset year-round, seven days a week
128 miles from Manhattan via
Sunrise Highway (route 27) East to park entrance.
Camp Hero State Park
50 South Fairview ave.
Montauk, N.Y 11954
- Special Services -
Golden Park Program
Senior Citizens who are New York State residents and are 65 years of age or older can have unlimited weekday and non-holiday access to all state parks and discounts on certain fees by showing their N.Y.S driver's license or N.Y.S non-driver identification
The access pass is available to New York State residents with qualifying disabilities, The pass Provides free entry and use of state parks, recreation areas and their facilities. Not included are services facilities provided by concessionaries and utilities for camping. Applications are available by mail from Access Pass, State Parks, Albany, New York 12238
The Empire Passport provides unlimited vehicle entry to most state park and recreation areas during the fiscal year April 1- March 31. The pass does not cover activity fees. Purchase can be made in person at certain parks (please call (631) 669-1000 ext.223 for listing) or by mail from Passport, New York State Parks, Albany, New York 12238