Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park is located in the town of Smithtown, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. The park has a wide range of topography that sustains a variety of flora and fauna. The three miles of beach meets tall, glacier-formed bluffs at the west end of the shoreline. A man-made dam separates the park's brackish creek and marshes from the tidal flats. South of the flats are acres of undeveloped and heavily-wooded rolling hills.
The park's grounds provide an excellent venue for cross-country running, and host competitions for many cross-country teams from local high schools and runners' clubs. The 5-kilometer course, featuring the aptly-named "Cardiac Hill", is regarded as one of the most difficult cross-country courses in the US.