Friday, February 20, 2009

Get Oriented at Orient Beach State Park

Many of you may not be brave enough to hit the beach in Orient Point in the winter, but for those of you who like the outdoors and don't mind the cold (or the fact that the snack bar is closed this time of year), this eastern-most point on the North Fork of Long Island is beautiful all year around. 

According to our friends at WikipediA, this park was designated a National Natural Landmark in April, 1980. It's home to a rare forest containing red cedar black-jack oak trees and prickly-pear cactus. You can walk along the wood deck that overlooks Gardiner's Bay and take in the beautiful views.  On a clear day you might see Gardiner's Island and the Montauk Peninsula in the distance (we did).

We had a great time collecting shells, listening to the waves and watching the birds. 

Whether you head to Orient Beach State Park in the winter or summer, we're sure you'll like what you see.

At East end of North County Road (25) on the North Fork