Smith Point County Park, Shirley

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Smith Point County Park is a beachfront park facing the Atlantic Ocean on the east end of Fire Island, along the central south shore of Long Island, near Shirley, New York, US. It is the largest park owned by Suffolk County.The park derives its name from Smith Point, a peninsula on the Long Island mainland that extends into Bellport Bay. The peninsula was named for William "Tangier" Smith, who in the 17th century owned 50mi of ocean-front property in the Manor of St. George. The park does not own the Smith Point peninsula.OverviewSmith Point Park, located on the barrier island of Fire Island, is a haven for sportsmen, surfers and beach lovers. An extremely popular facility, the park has white sands, rolling Atlantic surf and an adjoining camping facility that attract both Suffolk County residents and tourists each summer.Reservations are required for all the sites in the campground. All sites have water, and many have electric hookups and sewers. Outer beach camping is available on first come, first served basis, beach conditions permitting.A nationally recognized team of lifeguards makes Smith Point its home base, providing ocean visitors with safety protection. With permits, people may drive off-road vehicles on the western portion of the outer beach. All beach-goers are advised to respect the protective fencing that marks nest sites of endangered shorebirds inhabiting the ocean and bay beaches.
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  • Go for a walk on the beach, enjoy the sunset and beautiful live music. Don't forget to try the delicious food at the Beach Hut!  more »
  • The beach is awesome, particularly the Fire Island section. The campground is, you know, kind of typical. This was our second year, so we came back. The staff were much friendlier this time around. La...  more »
  • We enjoy coming for the live music, a few drinks and something to eat at the Beach Hut at Smith Point overlooking the ocean.  more »

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