Hither Hills State Park campground offers several miles of oceanfront access in Montauk.
Hither Hills State Park campground offers several miles of oceanfront access in Montauk.

Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.


Battle Row Campground — Old Bethpage
Open year round
This campground is set amid 44 acres of dense woods and features 64 campsites ranging in length from 40 to 45 feet. A comfort station is equipped with restrooms and private showers. The campground also offers swings, a recreational field, a softball field, and rally field for club group camping, along with both tent and overflow campsites.

Nickerson Beach Park Campground — Lido Beach
Nickerson Beach Park totals more than 121 acres and offers a campsite surrounded by protected beach property. The campground features 74 RV sites and 13 tent sites. It also offers admission to the swimming pool, picnic area, skateboard park, concession stand, and grills. Sewer and electric hook-ups are available.

Western Suffolk

Blydenburgh County Park — Smithtown
April 1-November 11
Blydenburgh is a 600-plus-acre park of forests and meadows that lies along the headwaters of the Nissequogue River. The park has 50 campsites for tents and trailers with shower and dump facilities. There is fishing and rowing on Stump Pond, a historic homestead and water mill to explore; a playground, and an extensive trail system that links up with trails in neighboring Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. 

Cathedral Pines County Park — Middle Island
Open year round
Cathedral Pines is a 320-acre site situated along the headwaters of the Carmans River and adjacent to Prosser Pines Nature Preserve. Facilities include campsites for individuals, youth groups, clubs (10 or more units), and families, including 10 sites with water and electric hookups. Other interests include a playground, hiking, mountain biking, bridle paths, and picnicking.

Smith Point County Park Campground — Shirley
Open April 1-October 31
Smith Point’s campground offers more than 270 trailer sites, and features a playground, fireplaces, grills, and a camp store. A beach restautant offers meals, and a protected beach area is featured. Outer-beach camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Southaven County Park — Brookhaven
April 1-October 14
The Carmans River flows through this park. Southaven offers fishing, row boating, horseback riding trails, camping for tents and trailers, and picnic areas accommodating up to 1,000 people. On the second and fourth Sundays of summer months, attend a Long Island Live Steamers open house and ride around 8 acres of tracks on miniature model steam trains. 

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Pitch a tent near the seashore at Fire Island's Watch Hill campground. Photo courtesy of Kevin Farley

Watch Hill Marina and Campground — Fire Island
Watch Hill Marina and Campground has 26 tent sites nestled among the dunes right by the beach. Each has water, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and many even have electrical hookups. There is a National Park Service Visitors Center with programs every day for kids and families. There is also a restaurant and tiki bar. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

The North Fork

Cliff & Ed’s Campground — Cutchogue
April 1-October 31
Cliff & Ed’s is a small, privately owned facility consisting of 24 sites. It is a full hookup park with water, a sewer system, and electric service on all sites. Cable television, satellite dishes, and Wi-Fi are available for use by subscription, as well as a bathroom with showers and a laundry room. Pets are allowed.

Eastern Long Island Kampground — Greenport
May 4-early November 
Sites are available for tents, trailers, motor homes, and pop-ups. The facilities include a swimming pool, general store, laundry, playground, and a game room. There are planned supervised activities and special events such as "Christmas in July" and "Maritime Festival" in September.

Indian Island County Park — Riverhead
Open year round
Indian Island County Park is a 275-acre park located at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River. Restrooms and showers are available for campers. The park offers picnic tables, grills, benches, and views of a glistening Flanders Bay. There are 100 tent and trailer campsites. Recreational options include fishing, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a bike hostel. Dogs must be leashed.

McCann Campground — Greenport
Open year round
This is a small, quiet, and secluded campground accommodating tents, trailers, pop-ups, motor homes, and camping vans. The campground also offers water and electricity. The 6 acres of property offer restrooms, showers, a dump station, and Wi-Fi. Contained fires and house pets are permitted.

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Wildwood State Park offers a host of family activities from April to October. Photo by Dennis Sitarevich/CC BY-ND 2.0

Wildwood State Park Campground — Wading River
Open April 5-October 31
Wildwood State Park campground has 2 miles of sandy beach for swimming on Long Island Sound, and features full electric capabilities, showers, restrooms, grills, and water/sewer hookups, as well as shaded campsites and picnic areas. Movies are shown in July and August, and there is line or square dancing once a week in the evenings. Recreation options include fishing, hiking, sand volleyball, and a field for playing baseball or softball.

The Hamptons and South Fork

Cedar Point County Park — East Hampton
Open April 1-November 11
The 607-acre park, located on a peninsula just outside of historic Sag Harbor, has a shady forest, magnificent views of Gardiners Bay, and almost a mile of sandy beach. It also has a freshwater lake with canoe rentals, a playground, and walking trails. The general store and snack bar on site offer free Saturday-night family movies, and free recreational equipment.

Cupsogue Beach County Park — Westhampton Beach
April 1-November 11
Cupsogue Beach County Park, a barrier beach spanning 296 acres, offers outer-beach camping for self-contained campers. There is a lifeguard on duty, a snack bar, restrooms, first aid center, shower, and changing rooms. Pets are allowed, but dogs must be leashed.

Hither Hills State Park Campground — Montauk
Open April 12-November 23
Hither Hills features 2 miles of ocean beachfront, a 40-acre freshwater lake to fish, and a playground. The campground has showers, restrooms, a dump station, and a general store. Hither Hills has a resort feel with activities such as movie nights, sand castle contests, arts and crafts, and swimming.

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Enjoy sunset camping on the beach at Montauk County Park. Photo by Jonathan A. Neary

Montauk County Park — Montauk
Open April 1-November 11
Montauk County Park offers outer-beach access and outer-beach camping for self-contained trailers with a permit. It also offers saltwater and freshwater fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Nearby, Deep Hollow Ranch provides horseback rides to the beach for park visitors.

Sears Bellows County Park — Hampton Bays
Open April 1-November 11
This 979-acre park offers tent and trailer camping, as well as showers, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding (with permit). Rowboat rentals are offered on freshwater Bellows Pond. The park also has a playground, abundant picnic tables, and barbecue grills.

Shinnecock East County Park — Southampton
Open April 1-November 11
This rugged, undeveloped barrier beach park includes ocean and bay beach recreation areas. Adjoining Shinnecock Inlet is known for its striped bass fishing. The park offers 100 campsites for outer-beach camping for self-contained vehicles.

This article was originally posted in 2017.

Unless noted, photos are courtesy of the parks.


Cliff & Ed's Campground
395 Schoolhouse Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935

Eastern Long Island Kampground
690 Queen Street
Greenport, NY 11944

Indian Island County Park
Cross River Drive Route 105
Riverhead, NY 11901

Cupsogue Beach County Park
Dune Road
Westhampton, NY 11978

Cedar Point County Park
5 Cedar Point Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy.
Shirley, NY

Battle Row Campground
1 Claremont Rd.
Old Bethpage, NY 11804

NIckerson Beach Park Campground
880 Lido Blvd.
Lido Beach, NY

Shinnecock East County Park
Dune Road
Southampton, NY 11968

Blydenburgh County Park
100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Cathedral Pines County Park
Yaphank-Middle Island Road
Middle Island, NY 11953

S0uthaven County Park
Victory Ave, Brookhaven, NY 11719
Brookhaven, NY 11719

Watch Hill Campground
Otis Pike High Dunes
Fire Island, NY

McCann's Campground
600 Moore’s Lane
Greenport, NY 11944

Wildwood State Park
790 Hulse Landing Road
Wading River, NY 11792

Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954

Montauk County Park
Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954

Sears Bellows County Park
Bellows Pond Road
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
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