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. November 3rd—40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:

Help us mark a momentous occasion as we gather at the Blydenburgh-Weld House at 2:00 PM, rain or shine, to celebrate forty years of Greenbelting; refreshments will be served; the Greenbelt Office is located at the end of New Mill Road, off Brooksite Drive just south of NY 25, Smithtown; prior to the event, join us for either of two hikes:

STUMP POND CIRCULAR: 11:00 AM – 5.7 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Meet at the Greenbelt Office for a hike around scenic Stump Pond, a beautiful autumn hike, and return in time for our celebration; rain cancels; bring water.

STUMP POND SHORTIE: 1:00 PM ­– 2 to 2 ½ miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Nancy B., 631-682-0035.

Meet at the Greenbelt Office for a 45-minute hike past the historic mill and up to the west side of Stump Pond, returning for our celebration; rain or shine except for extreme weather.

 

Sun. Oct. 28—CAUMSETT CAPER:       

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

Please join me as we go off to explore the many side trails and great views from the cliffs at this beautiful park; bring water and snack; from NY25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. in Huntington, continue 6 miles to entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north to NY 25A (Main St. Huntington), turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and continue north to entrance on left; meet in parking lot near booth; heavy rain cancels. 

 

Sat. Nov. 3—WERTHEIM WANDERINGS:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133. 

Let’s explore the Fall colors of a natural L.I. habitat, including bay, tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, salt marsh and much more; an easy-paced hike exploring two trails along the Carmans River; you can drop out after the first trail (3 miles); heavy rain cancels; from L.I.E. Exit 68 or NY 27 Exit 58, go south on Wm. Floyd Pkwy. to C.R. 80 (Montauk Hwy.); go west on Montauk to first light at Smith Road, go south on Smith past LIRR tracks to entrance on right.

 

Sat. Nov. 3—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:  

11:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – mostly flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

Get to know the “Turtle Rock” section of the trail and take time to visit Longwood Estate, where there are restrooms and picnic tables, in an out-and-back hike; bring tick and bug spray; meet in the D.E.C. Rocky Point State Forest parking lot on the north side of NY 25 west of William Floyd Pkwy.; from L.I.E. Exit 68 take Floyd north to NY 25; go west 2 miles or so to parking lot on your right; park in the front facing NY 25; we will be hiking south from the lot; bring water and snack or lunch; heavy rain cancels.    

 

Sun. Nov. 4— QUOGUE REFUGE WALK:

10:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy, interpretive – flat - Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep, and then head to Quogue; also walk the recently-rebuilt Fairy Dell boardwalk on Quantuck Creek; from wetlands through lowland pines to dwarf pines, this gem of a refuge has a little bit of everything you’ll find in the pine barrens; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 63, go south on C.R. 31 to Montauk Hwy., then left to a left fork onto South Country Rd.; continue to the end of the road, and turn left across the LIRR to the refuge; park in open area across street from refuge. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

 

Wed. Nov. 7—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.

 

Wed. Nov. 7—WERTHEIM WANDERINGS:

1:30 PM – 3.5 miles – easy – flat ­– Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

Walk the White Oak Trail in this lovely National Wildlife Refuge, with fine views of the Carman’s River; meet at Refuge parking lot; from Wm. Floyd Pkwy., go south to Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80), then right to light at Smith Road, left to Refuge entrance; from NY 27 Exit 57, go east on C.R. 80 to Smith Rd. and south to entrance; rain cancels.

 

Thurs. Nov. 8—REDISCOVER THE RED DOT TRAIL AND BEYOND:

9:30 AM – 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 Rd. north from the L.I.E. or No. St. Pkwy. to High Hold Drive; turn right on High Hold, proceed up the hill to the parking area on the left side of the road.

 

Sat. Nov. 10—MANORVILLE HILLS HIKE:

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

A hilly hike in Manorville Hills County Park, NOT for beginners; rain cancels; bring water and snack;  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.

 

Sun. Nov. 11—HECKSCHER WORK OUTING:

9:00 AM – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Help clear section of the L.I. Trail in Heckscher State Park; bring hedge clippers, loppers and/or weed whacker; meet at the park office at Field 1; we will then carpool to trail.

 

Sun. Nov. 11—ERRATIC EXPLORATION:

9:30 AM – 3.5 miles – easy – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

See “The Giant” and Turtle Rock, two glacial erratics, plus Longwood Estate on a walk from Woodlots Road to Smith Road on the Ray Corwin Trail; rain cancels; bring water; meet in town parking lot next to Yaphank F.D.; from L.I.E. Exit 66, go north on Sills Road to end, turn right, and right again after lake onto C.R. 21; continue to F.D. lot on left. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Thurs. Nov. 15—STUMP POND CIRCULAR “CHOCOLATE” HIKE:

9:00 AM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Nancy B., 631-682-0035.

Hike around the 120-acre pond in the middle of Blydenburgh Park; bring drinks and snack; rain or shine, although extreme weather cancels; meet at the south entrance of Blydenburgh County Park, opposite the County Offices on NY 454 in the parking lot just east (above) the entrance booth (old police station); enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

 

Sat. Nov. 17—PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

9:00 AM – around 13 miles – fast – varied – 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, head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, about eight miles from the Expressway); fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; heavy rain cancels, so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sat. Nov. 17—ROCKY POINT RAMBLE:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – varied – 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. Nov. 17—STUMP POND PLUS CALEB SMITH:

10:00 AM – 6 or 10 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn) 631-234-5486; day of hike, cell 631-521-5103.

Hike around beautiful L-shaped Stump Pond in Blydenburgh County Park; drop out after 6 miles, or if you wish continue to explore Caleb Smith State Park; bring water and food; rain cancels; directions at top of schedule; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sun. Nov. 18—CAUMSETT QUIET SIDE:

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! Rain cancels; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

 

Tues. Nov. 20—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; 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; rain cancels.        

 

Sat. Nov. 24—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.; rain cancels; bring water.

     

Wed. Nov. 28—INDIAN ISLAND SAUNTER:

1:30 PM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

Take a walk in this Suffolk County Park on the Peconic River; park entrance is off C.R. 105 east of Riverhead and north of Indian Island Golf Course; rain cancels.

 

Thurs. Nov. 29—STUMP POND CIRCULAR “CHOCOLATE” HIKE:

9:00 AM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Nancy B., 631-682-0035.

Hike around the 120-acre pond in the middle of Blydenburgh Park; bring drinks and snack; rain or shine, although extreme weather cancels; meet at the south entrance of Blydenburgh County Park, opposite the County Offices on NY 454 in the parking lot just east (above) the entrance booth (old police station); enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

 

Sat. Dec. 1—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 Pkwy. Exit W6, go west on Merrick Rd, about 4 blocks to Mill Pond Preserve; park on Merrick Road, meet at gazebo; bring water; rain cancels.  

 

Sun. Dec. 2—SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

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

We will 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.

 

Sat. Dec. 8—FLANDERS-MAPLE SWAMP STOMP:

10:00 AM – 5.5 mi. – moderate – varied – Info: Janet 631-288-6884, before 9 PM.

See Owl Pond and Maple Swamp on a beautiful section of the Paumanok Path; bring water and snack; meet at kiosk on Spinney Rd., Flanders, south side of C.R. 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. Dec. 8—THREE PONDS AND A SWAMP:

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

An energetic loop on the Pine Barrens Trail and power lines in the Flanders Woods; bring water and snacks; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; meet at Sears-Bellows Park parking lot, on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays (NY 27 to Exit 65N for NY 24; take 24 north, then left turn at traffic light onto Bellows Pond Road; park will be on the right); heavy rain cancels - so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sat. Dec. 8—LAKELAND TO WESTBROOK: 9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Hike through diverse Lakeland and pristine Connetquot Parks; check out the Southern Pine Beetle damage in Connetquot; bring water and snack; rain cancels; meet at Westbrook sports fields; from So. St. Pky. Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80); just past Bayard Cutting Arboretum, go uphill over the LIRR and take immediate left at Wheeler Rd.; parking at bottom of hill by baseball field. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sun. Dec. 9—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

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

This time we’ll go up the east side and down the Greenbelt white 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; bring water and snack; rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards?

 

Wed. Dec. 12—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.

 

Wed. Dec. 12—WILDWOOD WANDERINGS:

1:00 PM – 3 to (optional) 5 miles – easy ­– varied – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

Hike in Wildwood State Park along the Sound in Wading River; note: bow hunters may be present; shorter walk with option for more; rain cancels; meet in park parking lot (from NY 25A, bear left onto Sound Avenue, left on Hulse Landing Rd. to park; rain cancels.

 

Sat. Dec. 15— GREAT SOUTH BAY PLUS BAYARD ARBORETUM:

10:45 AM – 6 or 9 miles – moderate – flat with ½ mile beach walk –Info: Quyen (Quinn,) 631-234-5486; day of hike cell 631-521-5103.

Hike to a fantastic view of the Great South Bay in Heckscher State Park; drop out after 6 miles, or if you wish continue to explore the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water and lunch; rain or snow cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; Southern State Parkway to Exit 45E, Montauk Highway east; make a left at first light, Connetquot Avenue, and drive about 1/2 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..

 

Wed. Dec. 19—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.

 

Thurs. Dec. 20—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:    

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

We will explore the wooded trails and some of the gardens of this beautiful arboretum; afterwards, if you wish to stay, we can see the magnificent holiday display in the Main Greenhouse and check out the Camellia House, where blooms may be starting; from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) in Brookville, take Wolver Hollow Rd; go north onto Chicken Valley Rd. to right turn onto Planting Fields Rd.; entrance on right; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; heavy rain cancels. 

 

Wed. Dec. 26—BROOKHAVEN STATE PARK WALK:

                1:00 PM – 2.5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

A winter walk in beautiful pine barrens; snow or ice cancels; meet at parking area on the east side of William Floyd Pkwy. opposite Whiskey Road.

 

Thurs. Dec. 27— COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

10:00 AM – 4.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Not for beginners!  Easily one of the toughest hikes on L.I.  with extremely rewarding view of the harbor and many ups and downs on the way to NY 108 and back; bring your camera in case the Christmas elf has again decorated trees on the route; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water; snow/ice cancels.

 

Sat. Dec. 29— CAUMSETT WINTER WALK:

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

Let’s end the last weekend of  this year off 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 well-tended paved path; rain or heavy snow cancels; bring water and snack; from NY25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to 25A in Huntington, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left. 

 

Mon. Dec. 31—FAREWELL 2018:

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

Close out the year with a leisurely 4-mile loop in Heckscher State Park; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; take So. St./Heckscher Pkwy. eastbound to its end at the park; meet at Field 6 near playground; possible parking fee, or free with Empire Pass.

 

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