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Nature Trails on Long Island, NY

Updated Jul 26 2014 12:46 AM EST with 53 listings
Nature Trails on Long Island, NY

Barcelona Neck

Features 532 acres, upland oak and hickory forest, swamp and marsh; 4 miles marked hiking trails; see songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. Hunters may be in preserve October-March 31.
Route 114, East Hampton NY W of East Hampton Co-op, Tel 631-444-0273

Blydenburgh County Park

Open year-round, offers rowboat rentals, fresh water fishing, horseback riding (with permit), and nature hikes
Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown NY 11787 Tel 631-854-3713
Website: co.suffolk.ny.us

Camp Hero State Park

415 acres include wooded areas, atlantic beach-front and an historic military installation; maritime forests, fresh-water fishing, ocean vistas and dramatic bluffs; hiking, biking and horseback riding trails and more.
50 South Fairview Ave., Montauk NY 11954 Route 27 east to the end, Tel 631-668-5000

Cathedral Pines County Park

265 acres, campsites (groups; reservations needed), restrooms, playground, sports field, horse trails, three miles of nature trails, activity building, dog trails, mountain biking trails. Click here for Park Information.
320 Middle Island Rd., Yaphank NY 11953 Tel 631-852-5500

Cedar Point County Park

608 acres; campsites (groups must reserve), nature trail, saltwater fishing (permit), waterfowl hunting (fee, license), rowboat rentals, picnic area, bike hostel, disabled-accessible. Click here for Park Information
Stephen Hands Path, East Hampton NY 11937 Tel 631-852-7620
Tel: 631-854-4949

Cranberry Bog County Preserve

Features 460 acres in pine barrens, with wetlands and woodlands, 3/4-mile interpretive trail around Sweezy Pond. Group activities by permit.
Riverhead NY 11901 Riverhead Moriches Road, Tel 631-854-4949

Cupsogue Beach County Park

Protected beach (daily May 29-Sept. 6), beach wheelchair, pavilion, playground, rest rooms, snack bar; limited self-contained camping on bay side, off-road vehicle special permit needed. Click Here For Park Information Across from Smith Point County Park
Dune Road, Westhampton NY 11978 Tel 631-244-7275
Tel: 631-852-8111

David Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve

2,700 acres, bird conservation area; 71/2 miles of marked hiking trails; hunters may be in preserve October-March 31.
Riverhead NY 11901 Route 104, Tel 631-444-0273
Fax: 631-444-0349; Website: dec.state.ny.us

East Hampton Trails Preservation Society

Amagansett NY P.O. Box 2144, Tel 631-329-4227

East Hampton Village Trail

The trail is a delightful area in the heart of East Hampton village and is accessed from David's or Huntting Lane.
East Hampton NY

Eastern Long Island Kampgrounds

Sites are available for tents, trailers and motor homes. Our facilities include a swimming pool, store, laundry, playground, Game Room, Exercise Room, and planned supervised activities.
690 Queens St., Greenport NY 11944 P.O. Box 89, Tel 631-477-0022
Fax: 631-477-1738; E-mail: mydon1@aol.com
Website: easternlikampground.com

Fresh Pond Beach

Rest rooms; telephone; picnic tables; grills; nature trails; parking with East Hampton Town permit.
Fresh Pond Rd, Amagansett NY

Gardiner County Park

Hiking & nature trails.
660 Montauk Hwy., Bay Shore NY 11706 Tel 631-854-4949

Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

62 acres overlooking the Long Island Sound complete with nature trails. The museum focuses on the geology, archaeology & native heritage. Adults $1, Children $.50. Operated by Nassau County Dept of Recreation & Parks.
50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove NY 11542 Tel 516-571-8010
Website: garviespointmuseum.com

Goldsmith's Inlet County Park

60 acres; 1/2-mile hiking trail leads to Long Island Sound. Bird-watching.
Peconic NY off Mill Road, Tel 631-854-4949

Hiking Long Island

Promotes an appreciation for the environment with info on various hiking trails & parks.
Sayville NY 11782 PO Box 1466, Tel 631-563-4354
E-mail: ken@hike-li.com; Website: hike-li.com

Hither Hills State Park

2 1/2 mile ocean beach; campsites, softball field, hiking and nature trails, saltwater fishing; ocean surf casting; two volley ball courts, one sand chair, playground, two picnic areas.
Montauk Hwy., Montauk NY 11954 4m W of Montauk, Tel 631-668-2461
Tel: 631-668-2554; Toll-Free: 800-456-2267
Website: reserveamerica.com

Indian Island County Park

This 275 acre Indian Island County Park, at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River, is open to the public year-round for a variety of activities. Click Here For Park Information
Cross River Dr., Riverhead NY 11901 Tel 631-244-7275
Tel: 631-852-3232

Inlet Pond County Preserve

Features 39 acres on Long Island Sound, surf-fishing.
Main Rd, Greenport NY access off Route 48, Tel 631-854-4949

John F. Kennedy Wildlife Sanctuary

More than 500 acres of marshland makes up this mostly aquatic outdoor wildlife area with an old road to hike along and an observation tower.
Tobay Beach, Massapequa NY 11758 Tel 516-797-4114

L.I. Pine Barrens Trail

Encompassing nearly 50 miles of foot paths in eastern Suffolk, winds past maple swamps, ponds and overlooks, extending from Rocky Point to Shinnecock Canal through the pine barrens. Click Here For Park Information
Hauppauge NY 11788 Tel 631-444-0273

LI National Wildlife Refuge-Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge

Forest- to-beach nature trail, fishing (permit, license), bird-watching, hiking and education materials available, wheelchair accessible trail, rest rooms, information kiosk, $4 per vehicle. More than 250 bird species visit or nest at refuges.
Noyac Rd., Noyac NY

Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference

Offer guided trail outings, call for information.
Smithtown NY 11787 Blydenburg Park, Tel 631-360-0753
Website: hike-li.com

Long Pond Greenbelt

This is a 6.2 mile trail, threading past a chain of ponds and wetlands. It is in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, making it rich with bird life.
Bridgehampton NY

Marine Nature Study Area

52 acre section of the Hempstead Estuary accessible to those who wish to learn about the environment of the marsh. Visitors may take walking trails along which visual aids depict plant and animal communities.
500 Slice Dr., Oceanside NY 11572 Tel 516-766-1580
E-mail: michael@farina.com; Website: michael.farina.com

Mashomack Preserve

2,039 acres with upland forest, mainly oak with beech, maple and dogwood; 22 miles of marked hiking trails, including Braille sign and wheelchair accessible trail (free map); fresh- and salt-water wetlands; bird-watching, especially during fall and spring migrations.Visitor center open weekends only November-May, daily rest of year.
79 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island NY 11964 Route 114, Tel 631-749-1001

McCann Trailer Park

30 trailer (water and electric). Has 3 acres, rest rooms, showers, phone, dump station.
Greenport NY 11944 Moore's Lane, Tel 631-477-0043
Tel: 631-477-2385

Merrill Lake Sanctuary

You may see ospreys nesting as their young hatch in late June and early July or graceful herons feeding in the marshy lagoons, as well as a variety of other animal and plant life.
Springs Fireplace Rd., Saddle Rock NY

Meschutt Beach County Park

Picnic area, snack bar, showers, rest room sand wheelchair, limited self-contained camping. Click Here For Park Information
Canal Rd., Hampton Bays NY 11946 Tel 631-852-8205
Tel: 631-854-4949

Montauk Downs State Park

The 160-acre park is built around only 18-hole state course on Long Island outside Bethpage. Outdoor pool (ramp; season pass available), tennis courts (6 Har-Tru courts open mid-May through mid-September, fee), pro shop, grill room.
50 South Fairview Ave., Montauk NY 11954 north of Route 27, Tel 631-668-1100
Tel: 631-668-6264; General Info: 631-668-3781
Reservations: 631-668-1234; Restaurants: 631-668-4661
Website: nysparks.state.ny.us

Montauk Point State Park

On 724 acres at eastern end of Long Island, Montauk Point offers breezes and vistas in view of Montauk lighthouse. On 724 acres at eastern end of Long Island, Montauk Point offers breezes and vistas in view of Montauk lighthouse.
Montauk NY Tel 631-668-3781

Morton National Wildlife Refuge

This 187 acre preserve is a temporary home to migratory waterbierds. A self guided nature trail explains what you are viewing.
12 Target Rock Dr., Sag Harbor NY Off Noyack Rd., Tel 631-286-0485
Fax: 631-286-4003; Website: longislandrefuges.fws.gov

Nature Conservancy - Long Island Chapter

97 acres of woodlands and meadows are located here at the Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary.
250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 Tel 631-367-3225
Fax: 631-367-4715; Website: nature.org

Northwest Path

A 6-mile path in East Hamp-ton Town; part of Paumanok Path At heart of trail, which moves to Chatfield's Hole west of Bull Path, are white pine groves At end are wetlands with abundant foliage and bird life See deer and red-tailed hawks Start at Route 114 at Edwards Hole Road. Park on Edwards Hole Road Yellow triangles to Bull Path mark the blazed portion
East Hampton NY Yellow triangles, Tel 631-324-4143
Tel: 631-668-2093

Orient Beach State Park

300-foot beach on Gardiners Bay, two sand wheelchairs, playground (handicapped accessible), pavilion, bike rentals, horseshoe pits, volleyball, boccie court, croquet, badminton, picnic area and more.
Route 25, Orient Point NY 11957 East end of Route 25, Tel 631-323-2440
Tel: 631-669-1000

Orient Point County Park

Features 48 acres, mile-long beach, 1/2-mile hiking trail. Bird-watching, views of Sound; popular with beachcombers.
RT 25, Orient NY Near Orient Point Ferry, Tel 631-854-4949

Otis Pike Preserve-Peconic Headwaters Ntrl Resources Mgmnt Area

4,500 acres pine and oak forest, fields, wetlands, ponds. Peconic River runs through area; bird-watching, fishing, canoeing. Hunters October-March.
Calverton NY Btw Rt. 25A & LIE, Tel 631-444-0273

Pine Barrens Trail Info Center at Manorville

11 Lane Rd., Manor Haven NY 11949 Tel 631-360-0753
Tel: 631-369-9768

Poxabogue County Park

26 acres, 1/2-mile nature walk; view winter waterfowl.
Old Farm Rd, Bridgehampton NY Tel 631-854-4949

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

300 acres, 7 miles of trails; nature center (open 1-4 p.m. Tue. and Thur., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, year-round), exhibits and library; distressed-wildlife complex (animals can be seen; year-round ice harvesting exhibit (indoors). Monthly evening nature program, 7:30 p.m. fourth Fri. Children's summer camp. Weekend programs.
3 Old Country Rd., Quogue NY 11959 Tel 631-653-4771
E-mail: info@quoguewildliferefuge.org; Website: quoguewildliferefuge.com

Red Creek Park

Spotted and red-tailed hawk, blue heron, pheasant, kettle holes, deer. Maps at park entrance on Old Riverhead Road (off Route 24) in Hampton Bays A 5-mile loop in Red Creek Town Park, Southampton
102 Old Riverhead Rd., Hampton Bays NY Tel 631-728-8585

Robert Cushman Murphy County Park

2,200 acres in Peconic River watershed. Bird-watching; fishing (license); free boat ramp for canoes, electric-powered boats. Click Here For Park Information
River Rd, Manorville NY at Swan Pond, Tel 631-854-4949

Sears Bellows County Park

Home of the Big Duck! 200 feet on freshwater Bellows Pond. Open to residents & nonresident Key card holders. Camping, 5 1/2 miles of horse trails, fishing, rowboats all available. Click Here For Park Information
Bellows Pond Rd., Hampton Bays NY 11946 Tel 631-723-3554
Tel: 631-852-8290; Website: co.suffolk.ny.us

Shadmoor State Park

99 acre park has ocean beach, fishing, hiking and bike trails. Two 2 bunkers, designed to look like cottages from the water, were built for surveillance for World War II.
Route 27, Montauk NY and Seaside Ave, Tel 631-668-5000

South Shore Nature Center

This nature center represents one of the few areas left on Long Island where an ecological balance between uplands, freshwater swamp and salt marsh has been preserved.
Bayview Ave., East Islip NY 11730 Tel 631-224-5436

Southampton Trails Preservation Society

Bridgehampton NY 11932 P.O Box 1171, Tel 631-537-0202
Website: hike-li.com

Southaven County Park

1,323 acres; individual and group campsites, freshwater fishing, waterfowl hunting in season, picnic area, disabled-accessible playground, canoeing, rest rooms, rowboat rentals.
Victory Ave., Brookhaven NY Tel 631-854-1414
Website: www.co.suffolk.ny.us

Southhaven County Park

Victory Ave., Brookhaven NY 11719 Tel 631-345-2449
Tel: 631-924-4490; Main Office: 631-854-1414
Website: co.suffolk.ny.us

Suffolk Hills County Park

985 acres; site of Bald Hill, highest point on East End; bow deer hunting in season with permit, key card.
Southampton NY off County Road 51, Tel 631-854-4949

Theodore Roosevelt County Park

1,126 acres; 5 miles of bridle paths (rentals), outer beach camping (fee, off-road vehicle permit needed), freshwater fishing, 31/2-miles of nature trails, waterfowl and deer hunting (license), picnic area, bike hostel area, unprotected beach.
Montauk Hwy., Montauk NY 11954 Tel 631-852-7878
Camping: 631-852-7879; Beach: 631-244-7275
Website: www.co.suffolk.ny.us

Tiffany Creek Preserve - Muttontown Preserve

Oyster Bay Long Island NY Muttontown Preserve, Tiffany Creek Preserve 500 acre preserve with marked, unmarked, equestrian & cross-country ski trails & guided nature programs Operated by Nassau County Department of Recreation & Parks
Sandy Hill Rd., East Norwich NY 11732 Tel 516-571-8500

West Hills County Park

Hiking & nature trails.
Sweet Hollow Rd., Huntington NY 11743 Park Office 631-854-4423
Stables: 631-351-9168; Website: www.co.suffolk.ny.us

Westhampton Management Area

277 acres of dwarf pitch pine and scrub oak.
Route 31, Westhampton NY near Suffolk Country Airport, Tel 631-444-0273