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The Coffee Pot Lighthouse

The Orient Point Lighthouse a.k.a. “The Coffee Pot.” (Credit: Kelly Zegers.)

The North Fork of Long Island is located in eastern Suffolk County, New York. The 30-mile-long peninsula runs parallel with the Island’s lower prong, known as the South Fork or the Hamptons.

The North Fork begins east of Riverhead hamlet and ends at Orient Point. The term North Fork can also refer collectively to all of the hamlets and villages within the Town of Riverhead and the Town of Southold, both on the East End of Long Island.

The North Fork of Long Island is a picturesque location offering wineries, vineyards, apple orchards, potato farms, sod farms and other agricultural tourism destinations. It is popular with second homeowners and seasonal visitors.

It is also known for its farm-to-table dining culture.

Located approximately 75 miles east of Manhattan, the North Fork of Long Island is the easternmost area of the North Shore. Together with The Hamptons, the tourism region is often referred to as Long Island’s East End.

Riverhead is at the gateway to both forks, which are split by the Peconic River and Peconic Bay.

The Long Island Sound is the body of water that lies north of the region. The southern water border consists of Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay. Shelter Island lies in between the North Fork and the South Fork, along with Gardiners Island and Robins Island.

The hamlets and villages of the North Fork include: Riverhead Town’s Wading River, Calverton, Baiting Hollow, Riverhead, Northville, Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel; and Southold Town’s Mattituck, Cutchogue, New Suffolk, Robins Island, Peconic, Southold, Greenport, East Marion and Orient.

The North Fork of Long Island is accessible from Manhattan by car, by bus and by train via the Long Island Rail Road. It is also accessible from New London, Conn. vis the Cross Sound Ferry.