- Trail Length: 3-5miRestrooms: NoneWaste Disposal: None - Please carry out all wasteAbout this place:
Offers outer beach access and outer beach camping, as well as an extensive trail system. The Big Reed Pond Nature Trails are nice for canine hikers, color coded to make following along the approx. 3 miles of loops easier. Trails are sand and dirt, and take you through hickory forests, a sand mine, tidal marshes and meadows. Dogs are also allowed in the campgrounds here!
Fun Facts & Sights to See:
- Historical Fact: Deep Hollow Ranch is located within the park, and is the first and oldest cattle ranch in the US, having began in 1658. It is still operating to this day, and is known as the birthplace of the American Cowboy.
- Fun Fact: Big Reed Pond is a National Natural Landmark.
- Historical Fact: the park was the site of Montaukett Village, home and burial ground for the Montaukett tribe, including member Stephen Talkhouse
- Sights to See: Third House, the 3rd residence constructed for cattle keepers in the 18th century.
- Historical Fact: Camp Wikoff is located in the park, and is the area where Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders came to quarantine and recuperate after the Battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish American War (1898)
- Sights to See: there is a leftover WWII submarine spotting station disguised to look like a farmhouse with cement clapboard located on the edge of the park
- Know Before You Go: most people report being covered in ticks and/or chiggers in this park. Avoid during peak tick/bug season, or plan to be prepared with repellent!
- Montauk Hwy