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Description - Four miles of pristine beach and maritime forest describes Orient Beach State Park. The natural habitat includes rare forest growth of blackjack oak. A variety of day use recreation opportunities are offered including swimming, ball playing, multi-use trails and picnicking. Bike rentals, environmental tours and catered parties are also enjoyed.

Attractions - Orient Beach State Park has 45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiner's Bay and a rare maritime forest with red cedar, blackjack oak trees and prickly pear cactus. A beautiful wood deck lets you overlook Gardiner's Bay. Visitors can swim in the bay, fish, picnic, play ball, go hiking or biking, or walk a nature trail. Pavilions available for private parties with catering available by concessionaire.

Recreation - Amenities at Orient Beach State Park include viewing scenery, beach swimming, surf fishing, bike trails, hiking trails, a nature trail, a children's playground, picnic pavilions and tables, play fields, environmental programs, bike rentals, concession and showers.

Climate - The Orient Beach 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 - Orient Beach State Park is located in Orient on Long Island's northeastern shore. The beach may be accessed by traveling SR 25 to North Country Road.


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Filed By: John Blaser (Brewster, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Thanks to Lauren for a nice report. I would just point out that Orient Point is on the NORTH fork of Long Island, not the south fork as she indicates at the end of her report. I will add my own report after our planned visit this weekend.

Filed By: lauren miller
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Orient Beach State park is a truely amazing place. I highly reccomend a walk around the peninsula. The walk takes about 2 hours and the scenery is amazing. I suggest starting the walk along the bay side where you walk along pass sea lavendar lined water. Be sure to take note of the tides, though, because you must cross a small inlet that will be impassable at high tide. There are over 10 pairs of nesting Osprey along this walk and many other shorebirds can be seen wading on the bay side. I rated this walk moderate because you must walk through pebbles for a large part of it. When you reach the tip of the peninsula you will have extraordinary views. You can see Shelter Island and even the tip the the North Fork, there is a light house that some people rent for thier honeymoons, its only accessable by boat. Be careful not to disturb the breeding Oystercatchers, they nest in the high rack lines. This is a great time to stop and eat lunch. They walk on the way back is beautiful as you apraoch purple sands lined by bleached cedar wood. you may even be lucky to find a multicolored brick washed ashore. These bricks were manufactured in greenport and cannot not be found anywhere but on the beaches in this area. Exposed rust colored limestone protrudes from the sand at low tide and the old remains of an old building mark the shore. Orient beach also has breeding Piping plovers and least Terns. Be careful not to step on prickly pear cactus, the blooms are beautiful. Be sure to take plenty of water and enjoy your hike. Not many people choose the option of walking this park, I think YOU should. Orient Beach State Park is all he way at the end of the South Fork of Long Island and the enterance is just before the Orient Point Ferry.


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Contact Information:
Orient Beach State Park, P.O. Box 117 , Orient, NY, 11957, Phone: 631-323-2440

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 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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