Secrecy and conspiracy theories abound at Camp Hero, the abandoned military base that inspired ‘Stranger Things’

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The Hamptons—with its mega-mansions and roadside lobster roll stands—may seem an unlikely place to search for a government conspiracy involving mind control, time travel, child abduction, and hallucinogenic drug experiments. But Camp Hero, a decommissioned military base located in Montauk, is thought by many to have once been the site of graphic, government-sanctioned human experiments comparable to the atrocities committed by the Nazis in concentration camps during World War II. 

Today, the 755 acres (415 acres of which were part of the military base) of heavily-wooded land operates as Camp Hero State Park. The park features forests, freshwater wetlands, and bluffs with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can drive, bike, horseback ride, or walk along the paved roads of the former military base, or set up a picnic alongside crumbling structures sealed with boards and covered with “Do Not Enter” warnings. 

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Photo: Alexandra Charitan
Photo: Alexandra Charitan

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