Known for it’s historical significance to the locals in Islip, New York, the Heckscher State Park was once the place where the estate of the town's founder stood. Located along the south side of Long Island, this park encompasses more than 1,600 acres of land filled with parks and beaches.
Dogs are permitted to accompany their owners to Heckscher State Park and West Beach, so feel free to bring your pup along with you. Just remember to keep them on a leash at all times and tidy up any mess they make. Their leash must be no longer than 6 feet, so no extended leashes please! Your pup is also asked to refrain from entering the washroom/shower stations, or any other buildings. They’re to remain in the underdeveloped areas on the beach, steering clear of the main walkway areas. There are no fees to enter the park or beach, aside from a parking fee that is $8 per vehicle year round. The fee increases to $10 between June 23- September 3.
Within the state park, you and your pooch can take part in various recreational opportunities. The park is home to a playground for the kids, picnic tables, trails and, of course, West Beach for swimming. West Beach is actually situated in the Great South Bay , giving your pup a chance to cool down and take a dip.
During your walk along the beach, you and your pup can catch a glimpse of guests enjoying the various water sports. From windsurfing to boating, the bay has it all! There is even a boat launch on the south shore if you’re looking to cruise the water with your four-legged friend! Both motorized and non-motorized boats are welcome on the water, so you're likely to spot canoes, kayaks and motorboats cruising the water.
Other activities you can find can partake in within the park include walking the trails or taking a jog through the sports fields with your pooch. There is ample room for your pup to stretch their legs and go for a run! The park is also known for the exceptional camping opportunities it offers, if you’re looking to stay for more than just one day!
Heckscher State Park not only offers visitors beach access at West Beach, but also gives guests an opportunity to explore over 1,600 acres of park land! Don't forget to swing by with your pooch if you're in the Long Island area!