Outer Beach Off Roading


Current Outer Beach Conditions

Effective June 12, 2017 until Further Notice:

Smith Point County Park:

The day trip area of the outer beach at Smith Point is open from Cut 1A East to the snow fence barricade from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm weekdays and from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on weekends.  Burma Road is currently closed (no access to inlet) while Park staff evaluates current plover nesting and determines what measures are needed in place to allow access to the inlet.  We appreciate your patience during this process.

Cupsogue Beach County Park:The outer beach can be accessed via Burma Road to gate just past the campground. Access to the inlet is CLOSED.

Montauk County Park: The outer beach is OPEN for day trips.

Shinnecock East: The outer beach is OPEN for day trips only.

Charles F. Altenkirch County Park: Outer Beach is OPEN from September 15 – March 15. Limited parking is available, for County residents, in the parking lot adjacent to the inlet.

Cedar Point County Park: Outer Beach is OPEN with exception of a section between the peninsula from the snow fence and metal post barricade(just before the duck blinds), to the Lighthouse point is closed to 4 wheel driving due to the presence of Piping Plovers.

Off Roading

Working With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Keep the Outer Beach Open

We have been working diligently with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our Parks Environmental team to ensure that we continue to keep all county beaches open this summer season. We will continue to advocate to keep the access to our outer beaches uninterrupted but need your help to ensure we remain in compliance with all federal regulations which have closed beaches in the past.

You can help by following these simple rules:

  • Please keep off the dunes.
  • Please do not walk or drive in plover designated areas.
  • Please keep all pets leashed and under your control at all times.
  • Talk to your friends and educate your fellow beach goers.
  • If you see something or someone that may be violating any of the regulations please message us on Facebook or call 852-COPS.

Together we can keep our Outer Beaches open this season.

About Outer Beach Off-Roading

Several of our parks offer outer beach (shoreline) access opportunities to off-road vehicles (ORV's). A Suffolk County Parks Recreational Vehicle Use permit is required to enjoy these locations. Suffolk County Park Recreational Vehicle Use permits may be purchased at the parks listed below and at the West Sayville Parks Administration Office. The Recreational Vehicle Use permit includes access to designated beach areas for off-roading as well as night fishing in designated parks. If on the beach at night, everyone must have fishing equipment and must be actively engaged in fishing. This is strictly enforced. Be advised that areas on the outer beach may be closed due to beach conditions, maintenance or bird nesting. Please check the Suffolk County Parks Facebook/Twitter page or call the park of your choice to get up-to-date outer beach access information.

Suffolk County Parks which offer outer beach access for off-roading are:

East Hampton (631) 852-7620

Charles F. Altenkirch County Park (formally known as Shinnecock West County Park)
Hampton Bays, New York

Westhampton (631) 852-8111

Montauk (631) 852-7879

Southampton (631) 852-8899 (seasonal), 
(631) 852-8290 (off season)

Shirley (631) 852-1315

*Outer beach camping is permitted with a camping reservation at these locations with self-contained campers only. Please check out our Camping Page for more information.

Please note four-wheel drive vehicle MUST be present when purchasing your outer beach permit. The outer beach permit MUST be permanently affixed to the driver's side window at the time of purchase. If permit is not permanently affixed to the window entry to the outer beach will be denied.

Click Here for Off Roading Outer Beach Rules and Regulations

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Required Equipment for Outer Beach Off-Roading
Rope, Chain or Snap Line
Fire Extinguisher
Spare Tire
Tire Gauge
First Aid Kit
Portable Air compressor or Air Tank
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West Sayville, NY 11796


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