Outer Beach Off Roading


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Off Roading

Current Outer Beach Conditions:

Effective April 28, 2017 until Further Notice:

The Parks Department offers numerous recreational opportunities for park visitors on its outer beaches. Weather and beach conditions permitting, the Parks Department allows day and night fishing, camping (in-season) and day trips for patrons with a properly permitted 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Smith Point County Park: The Outer Beach at Smith Point will be open for day trips today from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Conditions will be reevaluated tomorrow for accessibility at that time.  Due to current surf and beach conditions, outer beach camping at Smith Point County Park has been temporarily suspended. 
For up-to-date conditions please call the Park Office at (631)852-1315.

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.  For up-to-date conditions please call the Park Office at (631)852-7879

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

Charles F. Altenkirch County Park, formerly known as Shinnecock West 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:  The entire peninsula from the snow fence and metal post barricade(just before the duck blinds), to the Lighthouse point is now closed to 4 wheel driving due to the presence of Piping Plovers

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

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
Contact Us

P.O. Box 144
West Sayville, NY 11796


(631) 854-4949

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