Unspoiled places on Long Island

Hikers and bird watchers are invited to stroll

Hikers and bird watchers are invited to stroll through the wildflower field paths of Avalon Preserve. This 76-acre preserve in Stony Brook is left to grow wild, open to visitors from dawn to dusk daily. (Credit: Sara-Megan Walsh)

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Despite the development wave that has washed over most of Long Island since World War II, there are plenty of wild places left, large and small -- forests whose timber has never been cut, meadows never farmed, swamps never drained to build houses.

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