Shadmoor State Park is a 5-acre piece of public land. Once owned by the government, it’s been open to public use since the late 1980’s, after which time it has continued to see several additions and improvements. The majority of the park spans the Atlantic Ocean, which means beach views aplenty here. Paddleboarding tends to be pretty popular on the beach, and directly outside of the park itself exist several rental shops if you’re looking to get out into the water.
While no public rest areas exist, there is an unstaffed visitors center with "always open" public bathrooms. This is also where you can find information on the history of this quaint little park, including just how it came to be owned by the U.S. government, what purposes the land served, and what the natural land surveys have discovered since it changed hands.
Canines aren’t allowed on any of the public use areas unless they’re on a 6-foot leash or shorter. The main attraction at this particular park is the 2.25-mile trail that spans the entire length of the acreage. It takes roughly 90 minutes to complete on foot with your canine, so come prepared for a little bit of a journey.
Shadmoor is one of a series of beachfront state parks in and around Montauk, NY. In the past 10 years, effort have been made to connect these parks via hiking trails and walking paths. So if you’re looking for a bigger experience than what this park has to offer on its own, all you need to do is walk your dog further north or south!
Maps on the surrounding areas are available online through the Montauk Parks’ website. Seasonal beach camping is available via reservation, between the months of June and August. More information is again available through the Montauk Parks' official site.