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.
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Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park
- 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.
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.