North Fork of Long Island

North Fork of Long Island

The North Fork is the eastern portion of the North Shore of Long Island in Suffolk County.  This area is one of the last remaining vestiges of rural country living on Long Island.  The region has been designated as an American Viticultural Area for its rich lands suitable for growing wine grapes.  The proximity to the Long Island Sound, the Peconic Bay and the Atlantic Ocean helps moderate temperature fluctuations, making the growing season stretch late into the year.  Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are the three main wines produced in this region.  Route 25, the main road stretching out to Orient Point, is lined with vineyards and wineries, and wine tasting is the main attraction for tourists in the area.

The North Fork is home to several pristine beaches that open to the Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Peconic Bay.  Orient Beach State Park, situated near the tip of the North Fork welcomes visitors to enjoy these beautiful waters.  Fishing and water sports are also major industries in this region, and boating is among the most popular recreations for local residents.

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