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Heckscher State Park

View from beach to the Great South Bay
Dunes in the Park

Heckscher State Park is a park on the shore of the William Nicoll, originally built his estate on this property. The park was purchased by the State of New York using a donation by the affluent August Heckscher with strong opposition from wealthy local residents.

Heckscher offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground and playing fields, recreation programs, hiking and biking, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites (currently closed due to NYS budget cuts,) cross-country skiing, a boat launch, an olympic sized swimming pool(currently closed due to NYS budget cuts,) and a food concession.

Heckscher State Park is known as the "Home of the White-tailed Deer." In fact, deer are fairly populous throughout the park. Additionally, about 280 bird species can be observed in the park.[1]

The park falls within the district protected by the Great River Fire Department. The park is accessible by the Heckscher State Parkway.

Beginning in 1972 and continuing until 2008, the Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, John Williams, and Billy Joel.

The Long Island Greenbelt Trail starts its 31-mile route in Heckscher State Park. It ends in Sunken Meadow State Park.

The Heckscher Forest is a Dedicated Disc Golf Course established Summer 2014.


  1. ^ Checklist of the birds in the Heckscher State Park (pdf)

External links

  • New York State Parks: Heckscher State Park
  • LI Philharmonic at Heckscher Park

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