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:

 

Sat. Jan. 4—MASSAPEQUA PRESERVE WALK:

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

If it is a nice day we will take the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt north for a few miles and return on the paved path, with a restroom stop at  Brady Park; take NY 27 (Sunrise Hwy.) to Broadway, Massapequa (a traffic light and a diner are on the corner); go north under the RR trestle; at the light, turn immediately right; pass through the parking lot, zigzag a bit, and enter the second lot. Go to the far end, right side, by the opening in the fence.

Sun. Jan. 5—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

Let's start the first weekend of the new year by enjoying this beautiful gem; we'll take some of the horse trails and narrower side trails to get a good feel of the park; if the footing is not good, we will stick to the paved path that is well taken care of; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold does not; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles; entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

Sat. Jan. 11—THREE PONDS AND A SWAMP:

9:00 AM – approx.13 miles or 4 hours, depending on conditions – quite fast – varied terrain – 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 for NY 24 N; take 24 north, 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. 12— SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

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

We will 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.

Sat. Jan. 18—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..

Sun. Jan. 19—CRANBERRY BOG STROLL:

            1:00 PM – 1.1 mile – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

A very easy afternoon walk around the historic bog in this lovely preserve in Riverhead; water views, pine barrens and Atlantic white cedars; foul weather, extreme cold or bad footing cancels; meet at Preserve entrance on the west side of Lake Avenue (C.R. 63), south of downtown Riverhead traffic circle, northbound right turn off C.R. 51.  

Sat. Jan. 25—CONNETQUOT RIVER PLUS ARBORETUM:

10:45 AM – 6 or 9 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486,  day of hike cell 631-521-5103.

An interesting winter hike to Connetquot Park Preserve; see ponds, river, fish hatchery and wildlife; drop out after 6 miles or, if you wish, continue to exploring the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water, food; wear hiking boots; rain or snow cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; Southern State Parkway to Exit 45E (Montauk Hwy.) east; turn left at first light (Connetquot Ave.) and continue about 1/4 mile to station; park on south side; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat. Jan. 25—CAUMSETT CIRCUIT:

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

Bundle up, as this time we'll be “living on the edge” as we hike the perimeter of the park; if it’s not too cold, we can also hit the beach; if the footing is not good, we will stick to the well-maintained paved path; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold does not; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd,. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

Sun. Jan. 26—BETHPAGE AND BEYOND:

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 Exit 8, Powell Ave., head east over the highway and make a quick left into the park towards the picnic area and polo field; follow the road past the toll booth (should be closed in winter) and head left into the picnic area parking lot; meet in the northwest corner of the lot; from Southern State, go north on Bethpage Parkway (Exit 31) to the traffic circle, go ¾ around and continue straight to the park entrance; proceed as above.

Sat. Feb. 1—FLANDERS-SEARS POND PROWL:

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

We will walk to Owl Pond 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.

Sat. Feb. 1—BELMONT LAKE LOOP:

10:30 AM – 5 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133. 

We will take a moderately-paced hike round the lake and explore a flat hiking trail to Southards Pond, where we will stop to have a snack; bring water and snack; rain or ice cancels; from So. St. Pky. Exit 38, follow signs into Belmont Lake State Park; meet on west side of cashier's booth near comfort stations.

Sun. Feb. 2—TRAIL VIEW OUT AND BACK: 

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 I-495 (L.I.E.) Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25, Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop and Shop.

Sun. Feb. 2—CAUMSETT CHILLER:

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; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold does not; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd,. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

Sat. Feb. 8—SARNOFF STOMP:

9:00 AM – approx.13 miles or 4 hours – quite fast – varied terrain – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

quick out-and-back, with only one quick stop for snacks; features Wildwood Lake, the Red and the Yellow Loops, a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail to NY 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..

Sun. Feb. 9—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); 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.

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Sat. Feb. 15—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM WALK:

11:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

We will meet by the gazebo near the parking lot; take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens, ponds and along the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum; trails may be muddy; optional lunch  in the Café; rain cancels; from Southern State Parkway to Exit 45E, east on Montauk Hwy about ½ miles to entrance on right; no parking fee.

Sun. Feb. 16—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; we will 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; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from I-495 (L.I.E.) Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25, Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop and Shop.

Mon. Feb. 17—CAUMSETT CHILLIER:  

              11:00 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 or heavy snow cancels, cold does not; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd,. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

Sat. Feb. 22—NAPEAGUE PINES HIKE:

            10:00 AM – 3-4 miles – moderate – mostly flat – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

Explore the winter beauty of the Napeague Pines, east of Amagansett; this is a secluded world of pitch pines, sand, and little wetlands, but a joyful place to hike; meet at the bend on Napeague Meadow Road, about 1/2 mile east of the Lazy Point Road intersection, for carpool to starting point; bring food and liquids.

Sun. Feb. 23—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..

Sat. Feb. 29— QUADRENNIAL QUICKSTEP:

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

In a quandary over how to spend Leap Day? Quash your concerns about quotidian chores and join us on a quest for quietude on the quartz soils of Quogue Wildlife Refuge; bring liquid to quaff; quitting time around noon; precipitation or bad footing cancels; from NY 27 Exit 63, go south to Montauk Hwy., left to a bend in the road; bear left onto South Country Road; follow to its end and turn left; refuge is straight ahead. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Mar. 1—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILLS AND LOOP:

9:00 AM – 4.8 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, taking the Uplands West Loop, which adds about one-half mile to the trip, then return using the more direct route; the winter views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; bring water and trail snacks; a 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.

Sun. Mar. 1—CAUMSETT EXPLORATION:

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

We will start hiking on Fisherman's Drive and take the side trails to do some exploring 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 or heavy snow cancels, cold does not; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd,. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

Mon. Mar. 2—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; call or email to receive email notification for each week’s activity.

Sat. Mar. 7—MANORVILLE HILLS HIKE:

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

A hilly hike in Manorville County Park, NOT for beginners; bring water and snack for the 3-hour hike; see glacial erratics and kettle holes; meet at the trail head in county 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; rain cancels.  

Sat. Mar. 7—NORTHWEST PINES HIKE:

10:00 AM – about 6 miles ­– moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.
East Hampton’s Northwest Woods has some of the most beautiful woodlands on Long Island, the sublime and beautiful White Pine Forest; there are many little surprises along the way on this beautiful and enjoyable stroll through the woods; meet at Northwest Path trailhead on NY 114 near Edwards Hole Road; bring lunch and liquids. 

Sat. Mar. 7—HECKSCHER LOOP:  

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

Take Southern State parkway eastbound to its end at the park; meet in Field 6 near the comfort station for a leisurely 4-mile loop; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; heavy rain or icy conditions cancels. 

¸ Daylight Savings Time returns at 2:00 AM, Sun. Mar. 8. Set your clocks ahead one hour.  ¸

Sun. Mar. 8—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:

9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Explore part of the Ray Corwin Trail from Whiskey Road to Longwood Road; rain, snow or ice cancels; bring water; meet in unpaved parking lot on south side of Longwood Road, a short distance west of William Floyd Pkwy., opposite Longwood Estate, for car shuttle to starting point; if lot is closed, park on shoulder of Smith Road (traffic light just west of dirt lot). E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mon. Mar. 9—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 2 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Mar. 14—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK:

8:45 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 before the Annual Members’ Meeting at the CSH Library; we’ll head to NY 108 and come back the same route; the late winter views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; bring water and trail snacks; a 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.

Sat. Mar. 14—MEMBERS OPEN MEETING:

            11:00 AM – 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. 15—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..

Mon. Mar. 16— PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 2 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Mar. 18—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. 21—PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

9:00 AM – approx. 13 miles or 4 hours – quite fast – varied terrain – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

A speedy walk in the Flanders Woods, westward from Spinney Road, crossing Pleasure Drive, around the Blue loop and back again; bring water and snacks; meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area  (L.I.E. eastbound to Exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto C. R. 24; stay on 24 straight through the traffic circle in Riverhead, heading for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, about eight miles from the Expressway); only one quick stop for snacks; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Mar. 22—SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

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

We will 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.

Sun. Mar. 22—CONNETQUOT EAST SIDE:

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

We’ll hike the center section of Connetquot River State Park Preserve, branching off along the horse trails to the east and back to see Main Pond; bring water and snack; go to lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterward if you wish; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the west take Sunrise Highway Exit 47A and follow U-turn signs back west to park entrance; from the east, entrance is on your right; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; heavy rain cancels.   

Mon. Mar. 23— PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 2 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Mar. 25—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

Enjoy this beautiful park and walk the shoreline; not for slow hikers; 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 right on West Neck Rd.; continue about 6 miles to park entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels.        

Sat. Mar. 28—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.  

Mon. Mar. 30— PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Mar. 2 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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