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Sunken Meadow State Park

Kings Park, Suffolk County

osprey, beach, red fox


The east end of the park has salt marshes where snowy and common egrets, black-crowned night herons and great blue herons can be seen fishing in the waters of the marsh. Piping plovers, least and common terns and a variety of gulls nest or come to the area to feed. Diamond-back terrapins and snapping turtles can be seen in the creek, while the salt marsh is a good place to spot horseshoe crabs. Red foxes, eastern gray squirrels and deer are seen along woodland trails in the park.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Lookouts
  • Boardwalk
  • Beach

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Windsurfing
  • Golfing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Picnicking

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

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


1,266 acres

Closest Town

Kings Park


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

Contact Information

Telephone: 631-269-4333
Address: Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754
Website: Sunken Meadow State Park (leaves DEC website)

Photo Credits: Sue Shafer, John Williams, Ariana Newell