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:

 Wed. June 20—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; rain cancels.

Sat. June 23—LAKELAND POKE-AROUND:

9:00 AM –3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take an easy walk in Lakeland County Park and the north section of Connetquot St. Pk. Preserve, seeing the headwaters of the Connetquot River and diverse woods; a good beginner’s walk; rain cancels; meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park; or L.I.E. Exit 59, south on Ocean Ave. to Johnson, right to park). E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. June 24—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

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

Today we will hike up the west side trail and come back down with a stop at Bunce's Bridge and the Fish Hatchery;  then after feeding the fish we will head to the Blue trail to return to the parking lot; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27; from the west take  NY 27 Exit 47A ,Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., and  follow signs for U-turn for park; from the east follow NY27 to park entrance on the right; heavy rain cancels; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

 Mon. June 25—PINE BARRENS TRAIL 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..

Sat. June 30—MANORVILLE HILLS HIKE:

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

A hilly, 3-hour hike in Manorville Hills County Park, NOT for beginners; rain cancels; bring water and snack; see glacial erratics and kettle holes; meet at the trailhead in the park; from L.I.E. Exit 70, take C.R. 111 south about 1 mile; look for Eastport Manor Rd. and Shrine sign, and exit off C.R. 111; at stop sign make a left to traffic light; from there merge onto C.R. 111 northbound, but carefully move immediately to right lane; park entrance is a very short distance on the right.

Thurs. July 5—TACKAPAUSHA TRILOGY:

9:30 A.M.- 4 miles- moderate, flat- Info: George, 516-249-5041

Meet at the Tackapausha Preserve in Seaford on Washington Ave., just north of Merrick Rd. for a north/south walk of the three sections of the trail to Jerusalem Ave. and back; note: this will require crossing major roads such as Sunrise Highway; bring water; rain cancels; from southernmost exit on NY 135, go east to Washington Ave., turn left.

Fri. July 6—PLANTING FIELDS PROWL:

10:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

First we will explore the Arboretum and then go to the wooded trails for a nice hike, doing some hills and the field; meet in the parking lot near the entrance; there is a café for lunch or snack afterwards; from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) take Wolver Hollow Rd. in Brookville, make right onto Chicken Valley Rd. to a right turn on Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on the right; fee or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels. 

Sat. July 7—MUTTONTOWN MARCH:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate - varied – Info. Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Enjoy 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. July 7—TERRELL RIVER WALK:

9:30 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take a walk in this popular Suffolk County park with river and bay views; rain cancels; meet at Flight 800 Memorial parking lot, north side of Montauk Hwy., east of Belleview Ave. and west of Kaler’s Pond in Center Moriches; note this is not the Flight 800 Memorial at Smith Point. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. July 8—TRAIL VIEW SOUTH, OUT AND BACK: 

8:30 AM – 6.5 miles – fast – varied, some smaller hills – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM.

We will go south to do an out-and-back from the Trail View parking lot.  South?!  Yes, South to the LIE!  Bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain cancels; call morning of hike if unsure; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take exit 14E (NY 25) toward Woodbury; turn right onto 25; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop ’n Shop.

Sun. July 8—LAKELAND EXPLORATION:

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

Lakeland County Park in Islandia is flat, and this hike will maintain a moderate pace with stops; walk ¼ mile on boardwalks over the swampy headwaters of the Connetquot River at a moderate pace, then bail out or continue into Connetquot Park; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go south onto Old Nichols Road; at the first light, turn left onto Johnson Avenue, continue to park entrance on your 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 cancels.

Wed. July 11—CAUMSETT CAPER:

9:00 AM – 7 miles – brisk – varied – Info. Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Enjoy this beautiful park and walk the shoreline; not for slow hikers; if you don’t want to do it all, there are opportunities to drop out early; meet in parking lot; from L.I.E. Exit 49, go north on NY 110 to NY 25A (Main St., Huntington); go left 3 lights, then turn right on West Neck Rd.; continue about 6 miles to park entrance on left; bring water; heavy rain cancels.       

Sat. July 14—MANORVILLE OUT AND BACK:

9:00 AM – 5.5 miles – easy to moderate – Info: Janet,  631-288-6884 before 9 PM.

Join a 3-hour walk through the section of the Paumanok Path from El’s Trail to Sandy Pond that burned in the 2012 Ridge-Manorville Fire and see the new growth. Meet at the Raymond P. Corwin Pine Barrens Trails Center, ¼ mile north of  L.I.E. Exit 70; bring water and snack; rain cancels.

Sun. July 15—LOST ROAD OF THE PINES, No.1:

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

Get lost in time and the estival beauty of rolling glacial hills in the quiet expanse of public domain lands south of the Peconic Bay; bring water and snacks—and more water, if it’s a hot morning; treat your clothes against ticks and grease yourself up with your personal favorite bug dope, if you must, but don’t let ‘tickophobia’ deprive you of this big glorious summer walk in the woods; meet at Spinney Road parking area (L.I.E. eastbound to Exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto C. R. 24; stay straight on 24 through the traffic circle in Riverhead, head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, beyond the 105 intersection, about eight-plus total miles from the Expressway); steady, driving rain 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..

Wed. July 25—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.

Thurs. August 2—REDISCOVER THE RED DOT TRAIL AND BEYOND:

9:30 A.M.- 5 to 6 miles- hilly- Info: George, 516-249-5041

Join us for a walk on the ‘Red Dot’ side of West Hills County Park; while most walk the wonderful Walt Whitman Trail, let’s dare to be different for once and take a loop on the Red Dot Trail (and beyond) at the north end of the park; bring water; rain cancels; take Round Swamp Road north from the L.I.E. to High Hold Drive; make a right turn on High Hold, proceed up the hill to the parking area on the left side of the road.

Sat. Aug. 4—ROCKY POINT RAMBLE:

9:00 AM – 4 mi. – easy – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884 before 9 PM.

We will walk a loop on the Paumanok Path, Blue, Yellow and Red Trails of the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest; bring water and snack; meet at the DEC parking lot on NY 25A, east of North Country Road and west of C.R. 21, across from Rolling Oaks Golf Course and Stop ’n Shop supermarket; rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 4—CONNETQUOT SAUNTER:

10:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – mostly flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

This time we'll end up on the Red Trail after a stop at the fish hatchery and Bunce's Bridge; meet in the main parking lot on the North side of Sunrise Highway; from the west take NY 27 Exit 47A (Oakdale/Bohemia Rd.)., follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 going west to park entrance on right; from the east take NY 27 west to park entrance on right; fee or free with Empire Passport; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards? bring water, snack and bug spray; heavy rain cancels. 

Sun. Aug. 5—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK:

8:30 AM – 4.3 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 NY 108 and return, getting some nice views of the harbor along the way; bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain cancels; 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.

Wed. Aug. 8—MORAINE OUT AND BACK:

9:00 AM – 6.2 miles – moderate – some hills – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Walk from Lakeland County Park up and over the Ronkonkoma Moraine to Hidden Pond Park and back; meet at Lakeland Park parking lot; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park; or Exit 59 south on Ocean Ave. to Johnson, right to park; rain cancels; bring water.     

Thurs. Aug. 9—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:

10:30 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate ­– mostly flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

Let's get to know the new “Turtle Rock” section in Ridge; we'll take time to visit Longwood Estate on an  out-and-back hike; bring tick spray and bug spray; meet in the D.E.C. Rocky Point State Forest parking lot on the north side of NY 25; from L.I.E. Exit 68, go north on Wm. Floyd Pkwy. to NY 25; go west to parking lot, on the right past Woodlot Road; or from the west take NY 25 past Wading River Hollow Road, and parking lot will be on the left; park in the front facing NY 25, as we will be hiking south from the lot; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 11—No guided hikes today.

Sun. Aug. 12—LOST ROADS OF THE PINES, No. 2:

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

Check out some atmospheric, long-abandoned stretches of the Toppings Purchase Middle Line and the Old Westhampton Road, with a few connecting miles on the familiar, main Pine Barrens Trail, as well; bring water and snacks—and more water, if it’s a hot morning; treat your clothes against ticks and grease yourself up with your personal favorite bug dope, if you must, but live a little: don’t miss another big glorious summer walk in the woods; 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); steady, driving rain 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. Aug. 18—WELWYN PRESERVE WALK:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733.

Walk this small Glen Cove preserve to L.I. Sound and back; go north on Glen Cove Rd. (NY 107) to end (Glen Cove Ave.); bear left past firehouse, up hill (Charles St.); turn left at top and follow Elwood St. to light (Landing Rd.); right one block, left on Crescent Beach Rd..; entrance ½ mile on right; meet in parking lot; bring water; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 18—HECHSCHER LOOP:

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

We will do a leisurely 4 mile loop in the park; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; take Southern State parkway eastbound to its end at the park (fee, or free with Empire Pass); follow loop road to Field 6 and meet near comfort station; heavy rain cancels.

Wed. Aug. 22—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. Aug. 25—FIRE ISLAND SUNSET AND MOONRISE HIKE:

6:15 PM  – 5 miles – moderate – beach walk – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486; day of hike 631-521-5103.

Hike along the bay side to Democrat Point and observe how waves reshape the shoreline on the western end of Fire Island; we will hike around the point, then return along the ocean and enjoy spectacular views of a full moon over the waves; bring water and snacks; rain cancels; meet at southwest corner of Field 2; no parking fee after 6 PM; from So. St. Pkwy. Exit 40, take Robert Moses Causeway south to Robert Moses State Park; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Aug. 26—LAKELAND POKE-AROUND:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take an easy walk in Lakeland County Park and the north section of Connetquot St. Pk. Preserve, seeing the headwaters of the Connetquot River and diverse woods; a good beginner’s walk; rain cancels; meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park; or L.I.E. Exit 59, south on Ocean Ave. to Johnson, right to park). E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Sept. 1—SMITHTOWN SPECIAL:

9:00 AM – 3.7 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk the L.I. Trail from Summerset Drive through Caleb Smith State Park and on to Blydenburgh Park; diverse scenery and loads of history; meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule); bring water; rain cancels. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Sept. 2—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

10:00 AM ­– 7 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

This time we’ll go up the east side and down the Greenbelt trail; meet in the main parking lot on the North side of Sunrise Highway; from the west take NY 27 Exit 47A (Oakdale/Bohemia Rd.)., follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 going west to park entrance on right; from the east take NY 27 west to park entrance on right; fee or free with Empire Passport; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards? bring water, snack and bug spray; heavy rain cancels. 

Thurs. Sept. 6—CAUMSETT EARLY BIRD:

7:30 AM – 5-6 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

We will take an easier pace mixing some bird watching with hiking; bring your binoculars and cameras if you like and we'll stop if we see some interesting birds or other wildlife; we may also take an easy walk along the beach; meet in the parking lot near the booth; fee or free with Empire Passport; from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A, continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Sept. 8—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. Sept. 8—SARNOFF STOMP:

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

See summertime waning in the woods over a brisk several hours of walking to Wildwood Lake, the Red Loop, and then a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail; bring water and snacks; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; 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); steady, driving rain 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..

Sun. Sept. 9—BETHPAGE STATE PARK OUT AND BACK: 

8:30 AM – 7 miles – fast – flat.  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

We’ll start from the Bethpage State Park picnic area parking lot and head north on the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, returning the same way; bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain cancels; call morning of hike if unsure; from the north take NY 135 Exit 8 (Powell Ave.), head east and make a quick left into the park towards the picnic area and polo field; from the south take Bethpage Pkwy. to traffic circle, go ¾ around and continue to picnic area entrance; follow the road past the toll booth ($8 fee without an Empire Pass) and head left into the picnic area parking lot; meet in the northwest corner of the lot.

Wed. Sept. 12—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.

Sat. Sept. 15—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

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

We will leisurely explore two trails in the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; heavy rain 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; meet in the parking lot.

Sun. Sept. 16—7.3 FOR 73:

9:00 AM – 7.3 miles – moderate – mostly flat – Info, Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Hike the Ray Corwin Trail from Whiskey Road to Yaphank, 7.3 miles for leader’s 73rd birthday; bring water and snack; rain cancels; meet at Town of Brookhaven parking lot next to Yaphank F.D., Main St., Yaphank, just east of C.R. 21, for car shuttle to Whiskey Rd.

Sat. Sept. 22—RED CREEK RAMBLE:

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

Hike to Camp Tekakwitha to the cliffs overlooking Peconic Bay; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 65N, go north to first right turn onto Old Riverhead Road, then third left to Red Creek Park. 

Sun. Sept. 23—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

9:00 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; rain 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..

Wed. Sept. 26—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.

 

 

 

 

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