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“Overpriced lighthouse, but a good walk anyway” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Montauk Point State Park

Montauk Point State Park
Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Montauk
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Palo Alto, California
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“Overpriced lighthouse, but a good walk anyway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

In early June - which was evidently still pre-season, judging by the great availability of parking spots - we visited this easternmost point of Long Island. We paid $8 to park; keep your stub because you can get into other state parks same-day with your stub. Food was available at an indoor snack-bar. We paid $9 each to visit the lighthouse grounds - you can't get close enough to see much without paying the fee - and elected to walk the narrow, curving staircase to the top of the lighthouse. It was good exercise, but accumulated dirt from sea-spray limits the view. The grounds are interesting but the $9 fee is not justified, regardless of whether it's administered by the park service or not.

There are big signs saying NO SURFING, and out there in the surf there are at least 40 young scofflaws enjoying the good waves. We're not surfers, but obviously the waves are decent here. But the beach is very stony and few people walk it; it's full of large smooth river-stones that speak to Long Island's origin as a pile of glacial debris.

The day was sunny and warm, but the cool foggy days are supposed to be good for mood photography. If we come back, we'll do so in winter.

Visited June 2014
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Oceanside, New York
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“A Part of History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

the light house is very unique. It is worth the walk to the top to take in the beauty of the ocean and shore line.

Visited June 2014
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New York
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“Beautiful Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Park your car at Hero park and hike the trail along the coast and around the rocks of the lighthouse - a great little hike with amazing views!

Visited June 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Winter WOnder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

We took a walk with a state park guide to look for seals.There were snowy owls and beautiful rocks. It was cold but still wonderful.

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Excellent hike but still many ticks in the winter”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Review for the Point Woods Loop Trail and the beginnings of Sea Haul Out Trail.
Came here with a group of friends and 2 dogs.

Online information for the start of the Point Woods Loop Trail was lacking. Here are the coordinates of the start of the trail:
Good maps coordinates: 41.067931,-71.878987

As you drive on Camp hero Rd, you will see a shoulder on the right hand side and that's where you can park. Then you walk about 30 feet and you'll see a sign post directing you to the trail. You just follow the trail and you will see lots of historic stuff. You will see where the weapons used to be and see a sign not to touch military equipment/ammunition if you find any. As you continue walking, you will come across another sign for the Bluffs Overlook. I highly recommend going to the overlook to the ocean and the cliffs. Be very careful not to stand too close to the edge of the cliffs. We thought this was a good place to stop and eat lunch. An amazing view. As you continue back onto the trail, you will eventually walk near the coast line and head towards the lighthouse. On the way to the lighthouse, you will pass a parking lot on the left hand side. You can definitely skip the hike and just drive to the location =P After you get to the lighthouse, just find the concession stand and head down onto the beach and head West. You have to walk for quite a bit before you hit the seal area. We never made it to the seal area but I hope to come back to see them.

Sample photos here:
http://imag3l.com/?p=1349

The trails were very easy to hike. We encountered some patches of mud but other than that, no rock scrambles or steep cliffs to hike up or down.

Even though we came here during the winter, I couldn't believe how many ticks I found on the dogs. Luckily none latched on to me but a friend of ours had an unexpected passenger.

This place is also great to see the winter birds if you're a birder.

I would definitely come back here again to see the seals and birds. I'm just not sure if I'll bring the dogs back again.

Visited December 2013
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