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About Outer Beach Access

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 Outer Beach 4x4 permits may be purchased year round at West Sayville, Blydenburgh, Cathedral Pines, Cedar Point, Indian Island, Sears Bellows, Smith Point, West Hills and online. In Season they are also available at Montauk, Cupsogue and Shinnecock East park offices. The Outer Beach 4x4 permit includes access to designated beach areas for access as well as night fishing in designated parks. 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.

How to purchase the Outer Beach Permit:

  • You will need your Green Key Card
  • Your Registration
  • Your Driver’s License
  • If you do not have a Green Key you can purchase one at the same time.
  • If you have a discounted Green Key you can only purchase one discounted Outer Beach Permit
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Suffolk County Parks which offer outer beach access are:

Smith Point County Park

Cupsogue Beach County Park*

Montauk County Park*

Shinnecock East County Park*

Cedar Point County Park 

Charles F. Altenkirch County Park (formally known as Shinnecock West County Park)

Orient Point County Park

*Outer beach camping is permitted at these locations with a self-contained camper only. (Self-contained units are defined as having a built-in flushable toilet with a built-in holding tank with a minimum capacity of 5 gallons.)

Camping reservations may be booked for Cupsogue, Montauk and Shinnecock East. 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 windshield 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


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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