Montauk has often been referred to as, “The End”. Situated on the very eastern tip of Long Island’s South Fork, Montauk is the farthest easterly point on this island. But, Long Island’s North Fork has its “End” too, Orient Point. Orient Point is home to the Cross Sound Ferry, Orient Beach State Park and Orient by the Sea Restaurant. Considered one of the most beautiful areas on Long Island Orient Point would make a great day trip and help create memories you will treasure for a lifetime.
One of the best things about Orient Point is that getting there is half the fun. If you make this journey you will be rewarded with some of Long Island’s most iconic scenery. Water views, Oyster Ponds and Lavender farms are just a few of the things you will see as you make your way to the North Fork’s most easterly point.
From Riverhead (use our Centerfold Map for reference) travel east on Route 25. While traveling on Route 25 you will pass many farm stands and points of interest. Check out the Riverhead Feature Section found within this guide to make the most of your trip. As you head east from Riverhead you will pass by The Magic Fountain, make sure to stop in and sample what many believe to be the best Homemade Ice Cream found anywhere on Long Island.
Continuing east you will find yourself in the heart of Greenport where Route 25 turns into Front Street. When Front Street comes to its end that is where you will find Main Street. Take the time to visit the many art galleries and fashion boutiques found in this section of Greenport. Check out the Greenport Feature Section in this guide to help you enjoy this historic harbor village.
Heading north, take Main Street to the end and turn right, you will find yourself on Route 25 heading east towards Orient Point. Continue east and you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Oyster Ponds, Gardiner’s Bay and the Long Island Sound. Look for the war monument on your right, located on Village Lane. Make a right hand turn onto Village Lane and you will think you’ve been transported back in time to the 1700’s. On this scenic side street you will find one the nation’s oldest continually running general stores.
Just a few minutes east of the war monument you will find yourself in Orient Point, Long Islands other “End”. Orient Point is home to the Orient Beach State Park, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1980. At Orient Beach State Park you can swim, Kayak, fish from shore, explore nature trails or enjoy biking. This park is a great place to picnic, and it is equipped with a refreshment stand and bathroom facilities.
Benjamin Franklin made his way out to Orient Point and Benedict Arnold was headquartered here while serving as a British general. History, amazing scenery, great food and a short ferry ride from Connecticut are just a few good reasons to make the journey to Orient Point, Long Islands other end.