Date of Stay: August, 2010
Awesome location give them that. The beach is nice, being close to Ocean City is great. Horses were cool at first, but after a day or two- just insanely annoying and very aggressive . The BUGS, BUGS, BUGS, BUGS are awful --hot nights Mosquitoes RULE -cool misty nights Gnats RULE. Biggest complaint was the staff, at the front desk, made us wait 4 hours to check in and had a real FU attitude about it. Since they enforce the "check in" time, they had over 50 campers waiting in line to check in, which then took another hour. BEWARE OF the Park Police, they will issue tickets at will (our nice neighbors got ripped apart). One officer invaded our campsite because he could hear my son and I talking from the street. Embarrassing for a father to be belittled in front of his son. On a good note staff at the Nature center- AWESOME!!! A nice park to visit but not worth spending the night. I will NEVER stay here again- not worth the trip! Better beach camping up north.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
This is not your typical campground at all. You will love it or hate it. You must first understand its location. Located on a barrier island (Fire Island) nestled between Great South Bay of Long Island and the Atlantic Ocean it presents a very unique landscape. The landscape is what makes this campground one of the desired campgrounds on Long Island. The prominent feature of this campground is its beaches. You can hang out on the ocean side with white sandy beaches and roaring waves or the calm bay side with great views of Long Island. Both sides offer different things to do. Let?s start off with the ocean side. You can do all the regular ocean beach stuff like swimming, fishing, sunbathing and so on. The ocean beach here does not get crowded like public beaches. But a unique aspect of this park is with a 4x4 vehicle and camper you can camp on the beach (first come first served basis). Just make sure you are prepared for this, you will have to drive truck and trailer on the beach in the deep beach sand. I would highly recommend a little research before attempting this kind of camping. This park also allows you to drive just your 4x4 vehicle on the beach with a permit (permits can be purchased at the office) to hang out on the beach for the day. You can stay on the beach until 10pm and they allow you to have a fire on the beach in a metal container. You can stay later, but must be actively fishing. Now for the bay side of the park; there is a very small beach here, but it offers lots to do. From fishing to crabbing, to relaxing on the water, you will find a variety of water activities to do in the gentle waters of the Great South Bay. The atmosphere of this campground is cool and relaxing, yet also of a ?block party? mode where you will find people riding bikes, flying kites, walking their dogs, all alongside a serene atmosphere with an occasional deer (or two, or many!) passing by at any given time. The newer east hookup sites tend to be situated in better spots than the older rustic sites, giving a beautiful view of water and sunsets. Now for the bashing: It?s a public campground the showers and bathrooms are gross. The bugs at nighttime are a nightmare, trust me on bringing the OFF, bug candles and what every you have to keep the bugs away. Because of this I would highly recommend not staying here in a tent. It?s really nice to be in a camper to get away from the bugs and heat for a while. Reserving a full hook-up site is very hard. The really good sites book up the second they become available. Hope this review gives you a little insight into this campground.