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At the western edge of Montauk County Park (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the western edge of Montauk County Park is Big Reed Pond, which supports Arrowood trees, cattails, loosestrife and marshmallow plants bearing large pink flowers. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Montauk County Park

Montauk contains the Island's biggest area of unspoiled terrain -- rolling glacial moraine moorland, large freshwater ponds and dunes.

Horseback riders from nearby Deep Hollow Ranch make
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Horseback riders from nearby Deep Hollow Ranch make their way along the narrow strip of beach that separates Block Island Sound from Oyster Pond. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Horseback riders access the beach that separates Oyster
(Credit: John Paraskevas)

Horseback riders access the beach that separates Oyster Pond from Block Island Sound by following a system of trails through Montauk County Park. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Squaw Hill, the highest point in Montauk County
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Squaw Hill, the highest point in Montauk County Park, offers a panoramic view of Oyster Pond and Block Island Sound. Here, horseback riders from nearby Deep Hollow Ranch make their way to the beach. (Aug. 16, 2012)

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Members of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association
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Members of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association have their campers and boats shipshape after accessing a Montauk beach on Block Island Sound via Montauk County Park. (July 28, 2012)

Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern
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Bright pink marshmallow flowers thrive along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park even as the dead, twisted remains of tupelo trees line the shore. This portion of the park was once dense forest, but due to erosion over the last several decades the woodlands have been wiped out by the encroaching waters of Block Island Sound. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Squaw Hill, the highest point at Montauk County
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Squaw Hill, the highest point at Montauk County Park, offers a panoramic view of Oyster Pond and Block Island Sound. (Aug. 16, 2012)

The dead and twisted remains of tupelo trees
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The dead and twisted remains of tupelo trees line the shore along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park. This portion of the park was once dense forest, but due to erosion over the last several decades, the woods have been wiped out by the encroaching waters of Block Island Sound. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Large boulders dot the shoreline along Montauk County
(Credit: Newsday John Paraskevas)

Large boulders dot the shoreline along Montauk County Park. These rocks, once buried beneath the surface of a deep forest, were exposed as decades of erosion took their toll on the woodlands. (Aug. 12, 2012)

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Large boulders dot the shoreline along Montauk County
(Credit: Newsday John Paraskevas)

Large boulders dot the shoreline along Montauk County Park. These rocks, once buried beneath the surface of a deep forest, were exposed as decades of erosion took their toll on the woodlands. (August 12, 2012)

Native grasses such as bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Native grasses such as bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass and goldenrod cover the rolling hills of Montauk County Park. Because many grassland habitats on Long Island are vanishing, more than a thousand acres of the park have been designated a maritime grasslands management area. Park workers regularly mow these areas in an effort to stop the natural encroachment of woody vegetation. (Aug. 16, 2012)

Native grasses such as bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Native grasses such as bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass and goldenrod cover the rolling hills of Montauk County Park. Park workers regularly mow these areas in an effort to stop the natural encroachment of woody vegetation. (August 16, 2012)

At the western edge of Montauk County Park
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the western edge of Montauk County Park is Big Reed Pond, which supports Arrowood trees, cattails, loosestrife and marshmallow plants bearing large pink flowers. (Aug. 8, 2012)

At the western edge of Montauk County Park
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

At the western edge of Montauk County Park is Big Reed Pond, which supports Arrowood trees, cattails, loosestrife and marshmallow plants bearing large pink flowers. (Aug. 8, 2012)

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Separated from Block Island Sound by a narrow
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Separated from Block Island Sound by a narrow strip of beach, Oyster Pond sits at the eastern edge of Montauk County Park. (Aug. 12, 2012)

The dead and twisted remains of a tupelo
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The dead and twisted remains of a tupelo tree on the shore along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Montauk County Park includes a swampy, moorland habitat
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Montauk County Park includes a swampy, moorland habitat that supports an old-growth forest where tall tupelo trees predominate. (Aug. 8, 2012)

A wooden boardwalk carries visitors over a wetlands
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A wooden boardwalk carries visitors over a wetlands area near Big Reed Pond at Montauk County Park. (Aug. 8, 2012)

The dead and twisted remains of a tupelo
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

The dead and twisted remains of a tupelo tree on the shore along the eastern edge of Montauk County Park. This portion of the park was once dense forest, but due to erosion over the last several decades, the woods have been wiped out by the encroaching waters of Block Island Sound. (Aug. 12, 2012)

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A portion of a trail at Montauk County
(Credit: Pablo Garcia Corradi)

A portion of a trail at Montauk County Park in Montauk. (Aug. 18, 2003)

A portion of trail at Montauk County Park.
(Credit: Pablo Garcia Corradi)

A portion of trail at Montauk County Park. (Aug. 18, 2003)

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