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Orient Beach State Park

Orient, Suffolk County

piping plover, diamond-back terrapin, playground


Each June and July, female diamond-back terrapins emerge to lay eggs in the sandy soils of the park. Deer can be seen in the forests and salt marshes that line the road. During the fall migration, thousands of birds make their way from the mainland across the Long Island Sound to Orient Point. Beachcombers delight in the variety of shells that wash up on the shore each year, and often find marine life mixed in with the line wrack left by receding tides.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Lookouts
  • Paved bike path
  • Shore of beaches and marshes

Recreational Opportunities

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Biking

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features that include nature trails, beach, picnic pavilions and recreation programs. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


364 acres

Closest Town



Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Orient Beach State Park. (leaves DEC website.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 631-323-2440
Route 25, Orient, NY 11957
Website: Orient Beach State Park (leaves DEC website)

Photo Credits: USFWS, Gary Lawton, John Williams