Watch The Sunset At Smith Point County Park, A Unique South-Facing Beach In New York
By Carolyn Harmon|Published May 30, 2022
Under Brown Mountain Lights the Beast of Blandenboro wanders this magical land where lighthouses shine on kingdoms only accessible by ferries. A Lost Colony of legends and pirates revealed in historical sites and majestic mountains with views that make us weep. The home of handmade sculptures and scrumptious cuisine. North Carolina leaves this long-time writer and artist breathless with endless surprises, including the unlikely warmth a winter walk on the beach can bring.
Head out to Smith Point County Park on the Fire Island barrier beach in Shirley, New York. Begin the day with the sun’s glorious light, as it rises over the horizon, flickering diamonds of gold into the sea. Here, the swimming is great at this unique south-facing beach, offering epic waves for body surfing in the clean saltwater. Pack a picnic for the beach, buy concessions, or grill out your hamburgers and hot dogs. Take a walk, relax, and enjoy the seating on a large deck overlooking the ocean.
When you visit Smith Point County Park, you will find the parking is very convenient, and a short tunnel under the highway takes you to the beach. Take a camera and fill up a jar with the shells and sea glass you find as souvenirs. And don’t stop there. Try out another state park with a beach on Fire Island.
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