For an unfurgettable adventure on Long Island with your canine pal, make your way to Camp Hero State Park! Covering 415 acres on the eastern tip of the peninsula, this former military base now invites the public to explore its puptacular maritime forests, freshwater wetlands, ocean views, and sandy beaches. In addition to its diverse landscape, this pawpular destination offers recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.
Intrepid puppers will be pleased to know that there are miles of trails meandering through Camp Hero. One of the most traveled paths in the park is the 1.3-mile Point Woods Trail. This easy hike is suitable for four-legged adventurers of all skill levels, from couch potato pups to star athletes. Starting near the parking area on Camp Hero Road, the trail will take you and your pooch through a beautiful forest and past several remnants of the park's previous life as a military base. Keep your eyes peeled for antenna towers, turrets, and the like. Eventually, you will reach an overlook sitting on the edge of dramatic bluffs. From here, you and Fido can take in pawsome vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, but make sure neither of you stand too close to the edge—these bluffs drop straight into the ocean!
Whichever parts of the parks you explore, always keep your furry friend on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them. Keep in mind that you'll be sharing the trails with other hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, so proper petiquette is a must! Bring doggie waste bags, lots of water, and lunch—you'll find picnic areas scattered throughout Camp Hero. If you're a birder, don't forget to bring binoculars too, as the site's unspoiled environment is home to a plethora of bird species. Camping is not available at the park, so head out early to make the most of your visit.
A pawsome experience awaits you and Fido at Camp Hero State Park!