Outer Beach Access


Current Outer Beach Conditions

In an effort to protect the piping plover and continue access for Outer Beach vehicles, the following plan has been enacted as of Sept 1, 2018 until further notice:

  • Smith Point: Outer Beach OPEN
  • Cupsogue: Outer beach is OPEN
  • Montauk: Outer beach is OPEN
  • Shinnecock East: Outer beach is OPEN
  • Cedar Point: Limited Access; OPEN
  • Charles F. Altenkirch Park: OPEN
  • Northwest Harbor County Park: OPEN
  • Orient Point County Park: OPEN

Off Roading

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 Recreational Vehicle Use permits may be purchased at West Sayville, Blydenburgh, Cathedral Pines, Cedar Point, Indian Island, Sears Bellows and Smith Point. In Season they are also available at Montauk, Cupsogue and Shinnecock East. The Recreational Vehicle Use permit includes access to designated beach areas for access as well as night fishing in designated parks. If on the beach at night, everyone must have fishing equipment and must be actively engaged in fishing. This is strictly enforced. 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


Suffolk County Parks which offer outer beach access are:

East Hampton (631) 852-7620

Charles F. Altenkirch County Park (formally known as Shinnecock West County Park) Hampton Bays, New York

Westhampton (631) 852-8111

Montauk (631) 852-7879

East Hampton (631) 852-7620

Orient (631) 852-3232

Southampton (631) 852-8899 (seasonal), 
(631) 852-8290 (off season)

Shirley (631) 852-1315


*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

Check out our informational video:

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
Contact Us

P.O. Box 144
West Sayville, NY 11796


(631) 854-4949

(631) 854-4969

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