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Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park
Copyright: - New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park
Description - Located 46 miles from Manhattan, Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park boasts a wide range of topography including beach, glacier-formed bluffs and marshland, tidal flats and rolling woodlands. Activities include swimming in Long Island Sound; hiking six miles of trails, including the northern starting point of the Suffolk County Greenbelt Trail; biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing and cross-country skiing. In addition, the park has three 9-hole golf courses, a driving range and putting green.

Attractions - Sunken Meadow State Park, fronting on Long Island Sound, has a wide range of topography that sustains a variety of flora and fauna. The three miles of beach meets tall, glacier-formed bluffs at the west end of the shoreline. A man-made dam separates the park's brackish creek and marshes from the tidal flats. South of the flats are acres of undeveloped and heavily-wooded rolling hills. In addition, the 32-mile Long Island Greenbelt Trail passes through the park.

Recreation - The Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow site offers a swimming beach, biking trails, bridle path, a nature trail, hiking trails, play fields, picnic grove, recreation programs, showers, fishing access, winter sports and three golf courses.

Each golf course is slightly over 3,000 yards; two are par 36 and one is a par 35 (Blue). Each course offers a clubhouse, power carts, pro shop, club rentals and driving range. Yardage, pars and fees vary; call course for details: 631-269-0707.

Climate - This area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. Typically Long Island has more than 200 days of frost-free growing season.

Location - Located along the shores of Long Island Sound, Sunken Meadown State Park may be accessed off Interstate 495 to Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park.


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Filed By: n.costa (new york, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went for a group picnic at the park, with my taekwondo group, and it was more fun than I expected. The landscape is beautiful and diverse. I could even see wild rabits running around us. Park staff was always around, bathrooms were ok. You can be isolated or among people as much as you want. The beach, although the sand was full of shells that hurt, was a pleasant unexpected surprise. It is kind of isolated, so no waves, warm and beautiful, wherever we turn our heads to. Good for nature lovers, while we can't go into real wilderness (meaning, the next big trip we're always longing for).


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Contact Information:
Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park, P.O. Box 716 , Kings Park, NY, 11754, Phone: 631-269-4333

Additional Information:
Long Island Travel Region - Millions of annual visitors find Long Island to be a recreation haven, particularly along the southern coast. Extending 118 miles, this urban stretch of land offers everything from historical sights to mammal observations.
New York State Golf Courses - The New York State Park system operates 27 full service golf courses with most offering club houses, power carts, pro shops, restaurants and more. Reservations may be made by calling the local state park golf course.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website

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