Wildwood State Park Campground
790 Hulse Landing Rd. off Sound Avenue Wading River, NY 631-929-4314; Reserve: 800-456-2267
The basics: 760 acres, rest rooms, dump station, showers, grills, store (summer), protected beach June 27-Labor day, fishing and hiking trails
The beach: The backdrop of this North Shore beach includes bluffs with green vegetation. A deck area has picnic tables; a concession rents umbrellas.
The campground: The nearby campground is lush with grass and shady trees. Paved paths connect the 242 tent sites and 80 trailer sites with full electric, water and sewer hookups. Recreation includes a sand volleyball court, basketball hoops and ballfield.
Perks: On summer Fridays from mid-July to mid-August, the park runs square dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Farm stands are close by.
Drawbacks: The beach is a 10-minute walk from the campground. The skinny, meandering strip of sand is full of white rocks.Season: First Fri. in April-Columbus Day Campsites: 322 sites includes 242 tent sites, and 80 trailer sites.