Media hikes

To find the Greenbelt Office in Blydenburgh Park: from Route 25-25A in Smithtown, go south on Brooksite Dr.; at next light (New Mill Rd.), turn right to park entrance at end of road. From Route 347, find Brooksite Dr. between the 347-454 junction and Rt. 111; head north on Brooksite to New Mill Rd.; go left to the park. Follow the paved path at the west end of the lot to the Blydenburgh-Weld House.

Hikes:

 

Sun. Jan. 6—TERRELL RIVER WINTER WALK:

10:00 AM –3 miles – easy– flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

A gentle walk to Moriches Bay and some good views; rain, snow or bad footing cancels; meet at Terrell River parking area on south side of Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80) across from Audubon Center and Flight 800 Memorial; take NY 27 to Exit 59, south on Wading River Rd., bear right onto Railroad Ave., then left on Main Street; park is on the right on Main St. (Montauk Hwy.); additional parking on north side of road at Kaler’s Pond Park. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Jan. 8—COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sat. Jan. 12—THREE PONDS AND A SWAMP:

 9:00 AM – approx.13 miles – quite fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

A quick-paced loop in the wintry Flanders Woods; bring water and snacks; meet at Sears-Bellows Park parking lot, on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays (NY 27 to Exit 65N; take NY 24 north five minutes, then left turn at traffic light onto Bellows Pond Road; park will be on the right); inclement weather cancels, so text or call that morning if in doubt! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Jan. 13—LAKELAND RAMBLE:

10:00 AM ­– 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

Lakeland County Park in Islandia is a flat walk, and this hike will maintain a moderate pace with stops; walk on boardwalks over the swampy headwaters of the Connetquot River, then bail out or continue into Connetquot Park; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go south on Old Nichols Road; at the first light turn left onto Johnson Avenue and continue ½ mile to park entrance on right; or from L.I.E. Exit 59, go south on Ocean Ave., turn right onto Johnson; park will be on your left; meet in the parking lot; heavy rain or icy conditions cancels.

Sat. Jan. 19— CAUMSETT WINTER WALK:

11:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

We will hike through the park on various side trails and view the Sound; if terrain is snowy or icy, we will walk the plowed paved paths; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue approx. 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington (Main St.); go left on 25A to West Neck Rd., then right and follow it to park; meet in lot near entrance; bring water and snack; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not. 

Sun. Jan. 20—FLANDERS FOLLY:

10:00 AM – 4.4 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk the Paumanok Path from Pleasure Drive to Spinney Road, viewing Maple Swamp and Owl Pond along the way; foul weather, extreme cold or bad footing cancels; meet at Spinney Road parking area, a closed, gated road on the south side of NY 24, east of NY 105 and west of NY 27 Exit 65. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. Jan. 24—COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sun. Jan. 27—NASSAU OUT-AND-BACK:

                9:00 AM – 10 miles – fast – flat.  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM.

This will be a nice brisk walk in the woods; we’ll start from the Bethpage State Park picnic area parking lot and head north on the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail to the Northern State and back; bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from NY 135 southbound, take Exit 8 (Powell Ave.); head east and make a quick left into the park towards the picnic area and polo field; follow the road past the toll booth (closed in winter) and head left into the picnic area parking lot;  meet in the northwest corner of the lot; from the south, take Bethpage Pkwy. to traffic circle, go ¾ around, continue to entrance.

Sun. Jan. 27—CAUMSETT WINTER WALK:

                10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. 

We will hike past the horse barns and paddocks on our way to the beach with great views from above and below the cliffs; if trails are icy or snowy we will walk the plowed paved paths; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue approx. 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington (Main St.); go left on 25A to West Neck Rd., then right and follow it to park; meet in lot near entrance; bring water and snack; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not. 

Sat. Feb. 2—FLANDERS-SEARS POND PROWL:

                 10:00 AM – 4.5 miles – easy – varied – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884, before 9 PM.

We will walk to Owl Pod to connect to the Paumanok Path, heading east to Sears Pond; bring water and snack; meet at kiosk on Spinney Rd., Flanders, south side of NY 24 just east of Birch Creek (follow NY 24 from Riverhead, or from NY 27 Exit 65, go north on NY 24); rain cancels.

Sun. Feb. 3—TRAIL VIEW OUT AND BACK SOUTH: 

9:00 AM – 7 miles – brisk – varied – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Let’s get some exercise before the Super Bowl on an out-and-back headed south from the Trail View parking lot to NY 108; bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain or snow cancels, light rain or snow does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 N toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25) east toward Woodbury; ontinue to the Trail View lot on your left just east of the Stop and Shop.

Sun. Feb. 3—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

10:00 AM – 5.2 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

A pine barrens walk to Sandy and Grassy Ponds and a little beyond, viewing burn areas from the 2012 wildfire, then returning on the same route; bring water; foul weather, extreme cold or bad footing cancels; meet at Pine Trail Preserve parking lot, NY 25, 6/10 mile east of Wm. Floyd Pkwy. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Feb. 5— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sat. Feb. 9—SARNOFF STOMP: 

               9:00 AM – approx.13 miles – quite fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

A quick out-and-back, featuring Wildwood Lake, the Red and the Yellow Loops, a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail to C.R. 104, then back again; bring water and snacks; meet at Suffolk Community College, Eastern Campus Parking Field 1 (NY 27 to Exit 61, take C. R. 51 toward Riverhead, go 4.5 miles to right turn at Speonk-Riverhead Road (sign for college), then right turn onto campus, quick left at welcome sign, quick right to top end of Field 1); inclement weather cancels, so call or text that morning if in doubt!! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Feb. 9—CAUMSETT WINTER WALK:  

11:00 AM – 6 miles ­– moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. 

Let’s go hiking across the fields and into the woods of this magnificent park; if terrain is snowy or icy we will stick to the plowed paved paths, but at least we can get in some miles and fresh air; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue approx. 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington (Main St.); go left on 25A to West Neck Rd., then right and follow it to park; meet in lot near entrance; bring water and snack; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not. 

Sun. Feb. 10—SANS SOUCI SHUFFLE:

          10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – mostly flat ­– Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.   

We will leisurely explore two trails in the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; heavy rain or ice cancels; meet at park entrance on Broadway Avenue; eastbound, take NY 27 to Exit 50, continue in service road to Broadway Ave., turn right to park, ¼ mile on left; westbound, take NY 27 Exit 51, stay left in service road to Broadway Ave., turn left to park; parking is limited; overflow parking on  Broadway Ave. or side street opposite entrance.

Wed. Feb. 13—WHITMAN’S BLUES:

                10:00 AM – 3 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Visit Jayne’s Hill, the highest spot on Long Island, then walk the blue-blazed part of the Walt Whitman Loop from Reservoir Road to Sweet Hollow; meet at the picnic area parking lot on Sweet Hollow Road (from L.I.E. Exit 49, go north on Pinelawn Rd.; continue across NY 110 onto Sweet Hollow Rd., go under parkway to picnic area entrance on right; foul weather, bad footing or extreme temperature cancels. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Feb. 16—WERTHEIM WINTER WALK:  

         10:00 AM – 3.5 miles – easy – flat – Info, Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Visit this beautiful National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, walking the west side of the Carmans River to a great viewpoint, then returning to the beautiful Visitor Center; take William Floyd Parkway (Exit 68 off L.I.E. or Exit 58 off NY 27) south to Montauk Highway, west about 1 mile to Smith Road (light), then left onto Smith Road to park headquarters and entrance on right. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Feb. 16—RED CREEK RAMBLE:

          10:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Jimmy, 631-481-6228.

Hike to Camp Tekakwitha to the cliffs overlooking Peconic bay; take NY 27 Exit 65 north onto NY 24, make first right onto Old Riverhead Rd., then third left to Red Creek Park; rain cancels.

Sun. Feb. 17—CAUMSETT WINTER WEEKDAY WALK:

            10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

This time we'll be “living on the edge” as we hike the perimeter of the park; if not too cold we can also hit the beach; if the footing is not good we will stick to the paved path that is well maintained; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck

Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue approx. 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington (Main St.); go left on 25A to West Neck Rd., then right and follow it to park; meet in lot near entrance; bring water and snack; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not. 

Sun. Feb. 24—C. S. H. HILLS, LOOP, AND MORE:

9:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly - Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

One of the best hikes on Long Island; this section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; we’ll head to Stillwell Lane taking the Uplands Farm West Loop, then return using the more direct route; the winter views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; bring water and trail snacks; hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain or snow cancels, light rain or snow does not; call morning of hike if unsure; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Tues. Feb. 26— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sat. Mar. 2—RED TRAIL CIRCULAR:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate-hilly- Info: Janet, 631-288-6884 before 9 PM.

Visit the protected Pine Barrens area in the D.E.C David A. Sarnoff Preserve in Riverhead; meet at D.E.C parking lot on C.R. 63 (Lake Ave.), first parking area 0.2 miles south of Riverhead traffic circle after Maynard Ave.

Sat. Mar. 2—CENTRAL NASSAU SCRAMBLE:

1:00 PM – 3.5 miles – easy– flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk the Nassau-Suffolk Trail from Washington Avenue to Bethpage State Park; meet at far west side of Bethpage Park picnic area parking lot; rain or bad footing cancels; from the south, take Bethpage Pky. north to its end, go ¾ around circle, continue to entrance straight ahead; from the north, take NY 135 to Powell Ave. exit, go left to entrance. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Mar. 3—CONNETQUOT CAPER:

                11:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

We'll hike to the fish hatchery and up to and past Bunce’s Bridge and back to Main Pond; bring water and snack; we can go to lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum if you like; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side on NY27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the west take NY 27 Exit 47A, follow signs for U turn to park; from the east, park entrance is on your right; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; heavy rain, snow or icy footing cancels, cold weather does not.  

Mon. Mar. 4—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

                   9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join the Monday Crew and help clip back and clear trails; a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays, dependent upon the weather and leader availability; to receive email notification and details for each week’s activity call or email.

Thurs. Mar. 7— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.                                                                 

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sat. Mar. 9—WANTAGH NATURE TRAIL WALK:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733.

Visit Mill Pond and Twin Pond preserves, with plenty of water views; from Wantagh State Pky. Exit W6, go west on Merrick Rd, about 4 blocks to Mill Pond Preserve; park on Merrick Road, meet at gazebo; bring water; heavy rain cancels.  

Sat. Mar. 9—SWEAT SEVENTEEN:

9:00 AM – approx.17 miles – quite fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

At a very quick pace we’ll leave from the Spinney Road parking area heading southwest on the Pine Barrens Trail, then up into the NYS lands for the Blue Loop, then back south for the notorious 3 Miles of Sand under the power lines eastward, then hook around Bellows Pond, and finally back northwest past Sears and Owl Ponds; bring water and snacks; meet at Spinney Road parking area (L.I.E. eastbound to Exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto C. R. 24; stay on 24 through the traffic circle in Riverhead, head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, about eight miles from the Expressway; inclement weather cancels, so call or text that morning if in doubt! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sun. Mar. 10—HECKSCHER CIRCULAR:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

We will do a leisurely loop in this state park at the south end of the L.I. Trail; if muddy we will stick to the paved paths; heavy rain or ice cancels; take Southern State Pkwy. to its end at the park; follow signs to Field 6 and meet near playground.

Mon. Mar. 11—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

                  9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 4 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Mar. 16—MEMBERS’ OPEN MEETING:

                Noon – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.

Come to our annual spring meeting at the Cold Spring Harbor Library; learn the latest doings on our trails and voice your own concerns; refreshments will be served; all welcome! Library is located on NY 25A, north of NY 108 and south of the hamlet’s shopping and dining district. 

Sun. Mar. 17—UPPER NISSEQUOGUE WALK:

9:30 AM – 3.6 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take the Long Island Trail from Smithtown through a red maple swamp, along McKinley Marsh and into Hidden Pond Park, tracing the Nissequogue watershed to its source; muddy footing possible; rain cancels; meet at Hidden Pond Park parking lot near The Rinx (follow park road to right turn, continue to far lot opposite playground); from L.I.E. Exit 58, go north on Old Nichol’s Rd., turn left onto Terry Rd. to park entrance. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Mar. 17—CAUMSETT EXPLORATION:

10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

We will be hiking the lesser known side trails in this, my favorite park; who knows, maybe we’ll find a new one! If snowy or icy footing we will stay on the paved path; rain cancels; bring water and snack; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue approx. 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington (Main St.); go left on 25A to West Neck Rd., then right and follow it to park; meet in lot near entrance.

Mon. Mar. 18—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

               9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 4 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Mar. 20—MUTTONTOWN NORTH AND SOUTH:               

9:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

We’ll hike both sections of this Nassau County Preserve; meet at the equestrian parking lot; from NY 25A go south on NY 106 about 1/2 mile; entrance on right; from L.I.E. Exit 41 N (NY 106), go north about 2 1/2 miles past Muttontown Rd.; entrance on left; heavy rain cancels; bring water.

Sat. Mar. 23—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:  

10:30AM – 4-5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. 

Take a hike on the wooded trails of this Long Island gem; we will do some of the hills and the open field while enjoying a brisk day; stay after the hike to see the greenhouses and Camellia House; from NY 25A in Brookville, go north on Wolver Hollow Rd.; make right onto Chicken Valley Rd. to right turn on Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on the right; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; bring water; rain, snow or icy footing cancels, cold weather does not. 

Sun. Mar. 24—TRAIL VIEW TO COLD SPRING HARBOR AND BACK: 

      9:00 AM – 12 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

A great workout in the woods; do an out-and-back from the Trail View parking lot all the way to Cold Spring Harbor Library and back; bring water, lunch, and trail snacks; hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 N toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25) east toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View lot on your left just east of the Stop and Shop.

Mon. Mar. 25—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

                  9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 4 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Mar. 26— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 6 to 8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one, moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breaths; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead parking lot on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in Cold Spring Harbor, adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Wed. Mar. 27—BLYDENBURGH-CALEB SMITH COMBO:

9:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Walk from Greenbelt Office through part of Blydenburgh into Caleb Smith Park and back; meet in parking lot at north entrance of Blydenburgh Park (directions top of schedule), bring water; heavy rain cancels.

 

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