Situated right smack in the middle of Long Island, Blydenburgh County Park has it all: a forest-ringed pond, hiking trails, great bass fishing, and 50 quiet, secluded campsites. It’s also got character, thanks to a rich history of both Indigenous and European settlement.
The land where Blydenburgh now stands was originally home to the Nissaquogue people. Then in the late 1700s, it was settled by European immigrants. Near the turn of the century, the park’s namesake Blydenburgh family dammed the Nissaquogue River to harness its waterpower with a mill. The dam ultimately created Stump Pond, which is now the focal point of the park. You can still see both the dam and the historic mill today.
Beyond that protected historic zone, there are two separate campgrounds (one for family camping and one for groups). In both, it’s easy to nab a shaded tent or RV site tucked into the trees. You’ll also find great views across the pond, a dozen miles of trails, and easy access to three adjacent parks. Here’s how to soak it all in on your next visit.
Campsites and Reservations
Blydenburgh has all amenities: restrooms, water and electrical hookups, showers, grills, campfire rings—the works. In fact, the only tricky thing about camping at Blydenburgh is navigating the reservation system.
Each site is limited to either four adults or one household, and just one vehicle. (Additional vehicles will need a parking permit for the main lot.) If you’re with a big group, you may have to apply for a group site. To give yourself the best shot at scoring your preferred dates, register for Suffolk County Parks’ annual group camping lottery. The lottery is open during the first few weeks in January.
Fortunately, there are often a few group sites and plenty of family sites left over after the lottery ends. These can be booked online. Keep in mind that there are minimum-night-stay limits for some reservations. For a full list of rules and regulations, head to suffolkcountyny.gov.