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Heckscher State Park
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Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

There are good and bad reviews for this park. I think part of that is because some people have the wrong expectations for this place. Let me help you.

If you want a nice beach to swim or take your kids for a family day at the beach you will most likely not like this park.

If you want to go somewhere where you can grill burgers or want some solitude on the sand to read and don't care about the water this will be good for you.

The beaches all have swimming prohibited signs. The beach is very narrow and mostly gravelly rocks. There is a lot and I mean a lot of seagrass washed up at the waters edge. There is also quite a bit of garbage washed up too. The water is pretty mucky as well.

When I went the place was mostly empty even though it was a warm sunny day. This is probably because people would rather go to a swimming beach.

Now you know

10  Thank Tradervic21
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Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

This use to be the Gem of the south shore , they have slowly abandoned this State park . As of this moment the pool is slated to be demolished one of the main reasons folks went here - 2nd the camping area has not been open since they shut it down some 6-8 years ago ? The beaches are Disgusting with sand that looks like it came from a rock quarry ! And yes folks they trucked this garbage in for your enjoyment . As of late something has been missing ,As if the above was not enough reason not to spend 8.00 to go there . The deer population seems have disappeared ??? This is suppose to be the home of the white tail Deer ? I have not seen one in my last 4 visits there to do my weekly check on the migrating osprey . Well there you have it . Unless you are looking for a rocky beach in the great South Bay or looking not to swim in a demolished pool or maybe you would like to camp out in a park which closed its camping area over 5 years ago , or maybe it's the non existent deer population your after . I really would like to know how the deer in the thousands just vanished ?????? Go any where but here !

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Reviewed March 24, 2016

This park is great for riding bikes. It is very clean and the grounds are well kept. I have never had any issues here parking.

Thank Bestpolicy21
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Reviewed February 18, 2016

A very nice State park. Boating docks, relaxing view of Great South Bay. The pool is no longer open to the public.

1  Thank Songbirdpm
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Reviewed October 30, 2015

In summer, Heckscher State Park can become somewhat crowded. The bay beaches and picnic areas quickly fill with extended family gatherings, The boat launch ramp parking area is lined with boat trailers and SUV's while their owners go out for a leisurely sail on the Great South Bay or fun fishing excursion. Bike trails and walking paths crisscross and connect many of these parking fields, where impromptu soccer and softball games are played.
However, the real beauty lies in the mainly undeveloped portion of the 1600 acre park. Wooded paths, some designated as dog walks, pass empty, open fields. Other areas, accessible only by bicycle or foot, seem desolate and even neglected; but in a very appealing, rural kind of way. Hard to believe there are several million people within a hours car ride.
The fall is much quieter and peaceful. Deer can be seen in abundance, occasional foxes appear on woodland paths and serene waterviews are around every corner. The $8 parking fee only applies from Memorial to Labor Day, the rest of the year it's free. Take advantage, only do it when I'm not there!

Thank ScottMell
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