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Parks and preserves across Long Island

Long Island is home to dozens of local, town, county, state and federal parks, as well as numerous private preserves.

Arthur Kunz County Park

Off Landing Avenue, Smithtown, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off Landing Avenue, Smithtown, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 97 acres, Greenbelt Trail; hiking, bird-watching.

Brookside County Park

59 Brook St., Sayville, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All
Photo Credit: Meghan Giannotta

59 Brook St., Sayville, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 5.8 acre park was estate of architect Issac H. Green. Great South Bay Audubon Society hosts guided bird-watching walks 1-3 p.m. Wed. and Sun., weather permitting.

Brookside Preserve

Brookside Avenue, Freeport, nwsdy.li.li/bside. Season- All year. Features-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Brookside Avenue, Freeport, nwsdy.li.li/bside. Season- All year. Features- This 22-acre nature sanctuary features natural woodlands and freshwater wetlands, native plants and more than 50 species of birds.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

The sun peeks between branches of a snow-covered
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The sun peeks between branches of a snow-covered tree at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown on Feb. 12, 2010. The 543-acre park has self-guided trails -- including part of the Greenbelt Trail -- a nature museum, environmental programs for children, and fly fishing.

Calverton Ponds Preserve

A frog camouflages against the leaves at the
Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/BILL DAVIS

A frog camouflages against the leaves at the 350-acre Calverton Ponds Preserve off Old River Road. The preserve features a mix of pine barrens and coastal plain ponds, woodlands and wetlands with several trails.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve consists of 1,750
Photo Credit: Catherine Ahlers

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve consists of 1,750 acres of woodlands, meadows and shorelines along the Long Island Sound in Huntington. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, and bird watching, pictured on Nov. 21, 2010.

Cedarmere Preserve

Bryant Avenue, just north of Northern Boulevard, Roslyn
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Bryant Avenue, just north of Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Harbor, 800-763-7190, friendsofcedarmere.org. Features- L.I. home of William Cullen Bryant, 19th-century poet and newspaper editor, features restored gardens and a pond.

Cow Meadow Park Preserve

South Main Street, Freeport, 516-571-8685, nassaucountyny.gov. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

South Main Street, Freeport, 516-571-8685, nassaucountyny.gov. Season- All year. Features- 150 acres, 1/4-mile hiking trail through bayberry thicket. It also travels along a saltwater marsh area, host to 156 species of nesting, migrating and wintering birds; small-bird watching tower.

Cranberry Bog County Preserve

Riverhead Moriches Road, Riverhead, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Riverhead Moriches Road, Riverhead, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 460 acres in pine barrens with wetlands and woodlands, includes a 3/4-mile interpretive trail around Sweezy Pond. Groups by permit.

David Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve

Route 104, Riverhead, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/daspreserve. Season- All year;
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Route 104, Riverhead, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/daspreserve. Season- All year; except Jan. deer hunting season. Access by state DEC. Features- 2,700 acres of undeveloped land, bird conservation area; 7 1/2 miles of marked hiking trails; hunters may be in the preserve Oct.-Feb.

Downs Farm Preserve

23800 Rte. 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-6413, nwsdy.li/downsfp historic Native
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

23800 Rte. 25, Cutchogue, 631-734-6413, nwsdy.li/downsfp historic Native American fort site (requires permission from Town of Southold). Walking trails and birding spots.

A new pine cone begins to form on
Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

A new pine cone begins to form on one of the many trees at the Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve off County Road 31 in Westhampton. This 290-acre preserve is dominated by pitch pines and scrub oak with soil that is sandy and acidic.

Edgewood Oak Brush Plain Preserve

Off Commack Road, Deer Park, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/edgewood. Season-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off Commack Road, Deer Park, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/edgewood. Season- All year. Access by permit from state DEC (free). Features 850 acres of pine barrens vegetation, pitch pine and scrub oak; 50 acres of open field, 5-mile hiking trail, 5-mile mountain biking trail, bird-watching.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, 516-571-8010, garviespointmuseum.com. Features-
Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, 516-571-8010, garviespointmuseum.com. Features- 62 acres overlooking Hempstead Harbor; museum presents L.I. geology and archaeological history, 5 miles of trails.

Grace Estate Preserve

Northwest Road, East Hampton, 631-324-7420, nwsdy.li/grace. Season- Dawn
Photo Credit: Handout

Northwest Road, East Hampton, 631-324-7420, nwsdy.li/grace. Season- Dawn to dusk all year. Features- 516 acres made up of many wetlands and trails and is primarily an oak pine forest and a wonderful place to hike, bird-watch and explore. parking area is along Northwest Road. Open to East Hampton Town residents and their guests.

Hempstead Plains

Nassau Community College, Garden City, 516-572-7575 ext. 26531,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Nassau Community College, Garden City, 516-572-7575 ext. 26531, friendsofhp.org. Features- 19-acre, tall-grass prairie. Tours, volunteer community workdays, poetry and art workshops in spring and fall. Rare and endangered plant species and a green and sustainable Education and Research Center showcasing solar energy and a green roof.

Hoyt Farm Park Preserve

200 New Hwy., Commack, 631-543-7804, smithtowninfo.com. Season- All
Photo Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara

200 New Hwy., Commack, 631-543-7804, smithtowninfo.com. Season- All year. Available only to Town of Smithtown residents with proper ID. Features 133 acres, reproduction of American Indian wigwam, animals, nature center (1-4 p.m. daily Memorial Day- Labor Day), playground, picnic areas. Hoyt-Wicks Homestead Museum open 1-4 p.m. weekends Memorial Day- Labor Day. Free concerts (residents only) July- Aug. (631-360-7644); maple sugaring Sun. (1:30-3 p.m., call) late-Feb. to mid-March. Water playground 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Inlet Pond County Park

Main Road, off Route 48, Greenport, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks.
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Main Road, off Route 48, Greenport, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 39 acres on Long Island Sound, popular for surf-fishing.

Islip Greenbelt County Park

Islip, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 153
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Islip, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 153 acres; links portions of the 34-mile Greenbelt hiking trail.

Leeds Pond Preserve

1526 North Plandome Rd., Plandome, 516-627-9400, nwsdy.li/leeds. Season-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

1526 North Plandome Rd., Plandome, 516-627-9400, nwsdy.li/leeds. Season- All year. Features- 35-acre site with 16 acres of forest (oak, maple and tulip trees); 40-minute trail along pond and beachfront.

Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve

Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout, 516-431-9200, nwsdy.li/lido. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout, 516-431-9200, nwsdy.li/lido. Season- All year (except holidays). Features- 40-acre site, indigenous plants, tidal wetlands, variety of grasses, vegetation and marine life, bird watching, walking path.

Linda Gronlund Memorial Nature Preserve at Barcelona Neck

Route 114, Sag Harbor, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/lgpreserve. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Route 114, Sag Harbor, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/lgpreserve. Season- All year except Jan. 3-28 (deer season), weekdays. Features- 300 acres of woodlands and tidal marshes, fresh and tidal wetlands; 4 miles of marked hiking trails; bird-watching. Hunters in preserve Oct.-Feb.

Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

340 Smith Rd., Shirley, 631-286-0485, nwsdy.li/refcomplex. Season- Refuges
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

340 Smith Rd., Shirley, 631-286-0485, nwsdy.li/refcomplex. Season- Refuges have public trails, accessible during day all year, except for parts of Morton Refuge in nesting season (April 1- Aug. 30). Features (a) Target Rock Refuge, end of Target Rock Road, Lloyd Neck; 80 acres, nature trails through hardwood forest, ponds and along rocky shore of Huntington Bay; good bird-watching in spring for warblers; fishing from shore; self-guided interpretive hikes and education materials offered. (b) Wertheim Refuge, 340 Smith Rd., off Montauk Highway, Shirley; 2,550 acres; and pine forest, grassland and wetland; canoeing on Carmans River (launch site at Montauk Highway and Smith Road). Fishing permitted from boat; interpretive hikes; cross-country skiing; bird-watching; wheelchair-accessible trail. Free self-guided family friendly programs. (c) Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge, 2595 Noyack Rd.; nature trail through forests; bird-watching; self-guided hikes; wheelchair-accessible trail. Open sunrise to sunset. More than 250 bird species.

Mill Pond Park

Merrick Road (east of Bellmore Avenue), Wantagh, nassaucountyny.gov.
Photo Credit: Tara Conry

Merrick Road (east of Bellmore Avenue), Wantagh, nassaucountyny.gov. Features- 54-acre preserve, includes a large pond that draws native waterfowl, nature trails that wind through wet woodland, coast pepper bush and skunk cabbage.

Muttontown Preserve

Two horseback riders on a small section of
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Two horseback riders on a small section of more than 20 miles of bridle paths at Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich on Dec. 4, 2008. The preserve also features 10 miles of nature trails, ponds and woodlands and allows cross-country skiing in winter.

Norman J. Levy Park

1600 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-804-2000, nwsdy.li/levypark. Season- All
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

1600 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-804-2000, nwsdy.li/levypark. Season- All year. Features- 50 acres surrounded by tidal wetland. Hiking trails, guided kayak tours, 18 exercise stations, herd of Nigerian dwarf goats, fishing pier on Merrick Bay, canoe and kayak launch.

Northwest Harbor County Park

Off Swamp Road, East Hampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off Swamp Road, East Hampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 337 acres along salt marsh flowing into Northwest Harbor. Migratory waterfowl; bow deer hunting with seasonal and daily permits and key card.

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area

500 Slice Dr., Oceanside, 516-766-1580, masa.info. Season- All
Photo Credit: Julie Cappiello

500 Slice Dr., Oceanside, 516-766-1580, masa.info. Season- All year; open Tue.-Sat. except holidays and Sun. April-Oct. Features- 52 acres, mainly salt marsh; a mile of trails; 10 displays; bird-watching, group tours (by reservation).

A bird rests on the pebble shore line
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A bird rests on the pebble shore line of Orient Point County Park on May 25, 2010.

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Sand dunes at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. It contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems and is one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service.

Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve

Merrick Road and Ocean Avenue, Massapequa Park, 516-572-0200,
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Merrick Road and Ocean Avenue, Massapequa Park, 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov. Season- All year. Features- 423 acres, largest freshwater wetlands system in a Nassau park. No amenities in preserve; 4 1/2 miles of Bethpage bikeway, 5 miles of the Greenbelt hiking trail.

Poxabogue County Park

Old Farm Road, Bridgehampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Old Farm Road, Bridgehampton, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 26 acres, 1/2-mile nature walk; winter waterfowl.

Prosser Pines County Park

Prosser Pines County Park in Middle Island is
Photo Credit: Carl Corry

Prosser Pines County Park in Middle Island is a 56-acre Suffolk County park known for its tall, white pines. The park features a mile-long, self-guided nature trail and bird watching.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, 631-653-4771, quoguewildliferefuge.org. Season-
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, 631-653-4771, quoguewildliferefuge.org. Season- All year. Features- 305 acres, 7 miles of self-guided trails; outdoor wildlife complex with permanently injured native wildlife; all year ice harvesting exhibit. nature center with exhibits, library (open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues., Thur., Sat. and Sun.); summer camp ages 4-18. Trails open daily sunrise to sunset. No dogs allowed.

Robert Cushman Murphy County Park

Off River Road at Swan Pond, Manorville, 631-854-4949,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off River Road at Swan Pond, Manorville, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 2,200 acres, part of Peconic River watershed. Bird-watching, fishing (license needed) on Swan Pond (free canoe ramp).

Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area

Between Routes 25 and 25A, Rocky Point, 631-444-0270,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Between Routes 25 and 25A, Rocky Point, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/rppbarrens. Season- All year except in Jan. deer season. Access is by seasonal permit from state DEC and a daily-access hunting permit Nov.-Jan. (free). Features- 5,800 acres, pitch pine and oak, 13.8 miles of marked hiking trails, trailhead for Paumanok Path to Montauk Point (suffolkcountyny.gov), 6 1/2 miles of bridle trails, 30 miles of mountain bike trail. Bike trails closed Nov. 1- Mar. 31.

Sands Point Preserve

127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, 516-571-7901, thesandspointpreserve.org.
Photo Credit: Ken Spencer

127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, 516-571-7901, thesandspointpreserve.org. Features- Year-round family nature programs, seasonal events, fitness activities, cultural arts and historic mansions: Hempstead House, Castle Gould and Falaise on 216 acres with wooded trails, beachfront, freshwater pond.

Sans Souci County Park

Broadway Avenue, Sayville, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Features- 316 acres,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Broadway Avenue, Sayville, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Features- 316 acres, featuring bird-watching and hiking; with trail markers to inform visitors on all aspects of the preserve from plants to pollution, and water levels to fire damage.

Stillwell Woods Preserve

South Woods Road, Syosset, nwsdy.li/stillwell. Features- 270 acres
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

South Woods Road, Syosset, nwsdy.li/stillwell. Features- 270 acres with old field and oak barrens communities. Greenbelt Trail runs through preserve; bicycle and equestrian trails.

Suffolk Hills County Park

Off County Road 51, Riverhead, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off County Road 51, Riverhead, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 985 acres; site of Bald Hill, highest point on the East End. Outstanding views; bow deer hunting in season with permit.

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve

2225 Washington Ave., Seaford, 516-571-7443, nassaucountyny.gov. Features- 84

2225 Washington Ave., Seaford, 516-571-7443, nassaucountyny.gov. Features- 84 acres, picnic area, natural history museum, 5 miles of nature trails. More than 170 species of birds in spring.

Tanglewood Preserve

1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-764-0045, castle.org. Season-
Photo Credit: Center for Science Learning and

1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-764-0045, castle.org. Season- All year. Features- 17-acre preserve with two ponds and three buildings that serve as home to the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, science and technology programs for children.

Terrell River County Park

Off Montauk Highway, Center Moriches, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season-
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Off Montauk Highway, Center Moriches, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 260 acres; hiking trails, bird-watching.

Tiffany Creek Preserve

Sandy Hill Road, Oyster Bay, nwsdy.li/tiffcreek. Season- Daily,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Sandy Hill Road, Oyster Bay, nwsdy.li/tiffcreek. Season- Daily, all year. Features- 197 acres, mix of ecological communities within oak forest. Self-guided trails.

Twin Lakes Preserve

Old Mill Road, Wantagh, 516-766-1580, nwsdy.li/twinlakes. Season- All
Photo Credit: Photo by Julie Cappiello

Old Mill Road, Wantagh, 516-766-1580, nwsdy.li/twinlakes. Season- All year. Features- 57 acres, red maple, sweet gum, tulip trees; freshwater fishing (license required); four ponds; bird-watching.

Uplands Farm Sanctuary

250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-367-3225,
Photo Credit: Meghan Giannotta

250 Lawrence Hill Rd., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-367-3225, nwsdy.li/uplands. Features- 97 acres of old fields, deciduous hardwoods, grasslands and a former dairy barn. Variety of plants and animals. marked trails for hiking, dawn to dusk daily.

Welwyn Preserve

Crescent Beach and New Woods Road, Glen Cove,
Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

Crescent Beach and New Woods Road, Glen Cove, 516-572-0200, nwsdy.li/welwyn. Season- All year, daily. Features- 204 acres, four trails in a swamp forest of tulip trees. Home to the Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County.

Westhampton Management Area

Route 31, between Suffolk County Airport and Sunrise
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Route 31, between Suffolk County Airport and Sunrise Highway, Westhampton, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/wdpine. Season- All year except Jan. deer hunting season. Access by state DEC permit (free). Features 420 acres of dwarf pitch pine and scrub oak.

William Cullen Bryant Preserve

1 Museum Dr., Roslyn, 516-484-9337, nwsdy.li/wcb. Features- 145
Photo Credit: Meghan Giannotta

1 Museum Dr., Roslyn, 516-484-9337, nwsdy.li/wcb. Features- 145 acres with sculptures and formal gardens; home to the Nassau County Museum of Art.


Preserves Not Pictured:

Goldsmith's Inlet County Park, off Mill Road, Peconic, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 60 acres; 1/2-mile hiking trail leads to Long Island Sound.


Kings Park Unique Area Preserve, Meadow Road, Kings Park, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/kparea. Season- All year. Features- 69 acres of green space, 0.3-mile Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible trail and 1.1-mile hiking loop and accessible parking lot. Access by permit from state DEC. hiking, bow hunting and wildlife viewing.


Smithtown Greenbelt County Park, off Route 347 at Nissequogue River, Smithtown, 631-854-4949, nwsdy.li/scparks. Season- All year. Features- 118 acres, part of Greenbelt Trailer.


Wawapeck Preserve, Mowbray Lane North, Cold Spring Harbor, 516-626-0908, northshorelandalliance.org. Season- All year, sunrise-sunset. Features- 32 acres opened in June of 2015; predominantly forest with a central trail and remnants of a Colonial garden wth specimen trees

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