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. Sept. 12—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A pine barrens walk to Sandy and Grassy Ponds, viewing remnants of 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.

Sat. Sept. 18—MARSH MARCH: 

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See the summer wane both in the woods and out in the wetlands, with our usual diet of forest tunnel walking nicely leavened by some miles on the scenic flanks of Flanders Bay; could be buggy out in the Hubbard Marsh, so dope up—and bring plenty of water! Meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area; from L.I.E. 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; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure!

Sat. Sept. 18—CALEB SMITH TWO HIKES IN ONE:

10:00 AM – 4.5 or 6+ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-521-5103. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let’s explore this interesting nature preserve; we will meander along the multicolored trails with great views of the ponds, streams and wetlands; option to drop out at 4.5 miles; bring water and snacks; rain cancels; from Sunken Meadow Pkwy. Exit SM 3, go east on NY 25 for three miles to the park entrance on left; from the east, take NY 25 (Main St.) through Smithtown, continue to park entrance on right; hike leaves promptly at 10:10 AM; $8 parking fee or free with Empire Pass.  

Wed. Sept. 22—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; 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; rain cancels.   

Sat. Sept. 25—BETHPAGE AUTUMN PICNIC EVENT:


8:30 to 4:00 PM – A full day of hikes, picnicking, a trail project, and socializing. Bring the family. Details on page 15. For information, questions, or to volunteer (we can use some!), email Carol Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Thurs. Sept. 30—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:   

10:00 AM – 5+ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We'll be hiking on the wooded trails and through some of the gardens of this beautiful arboretum; bring water, snack and bug spray; rain cancels;  Rain cancels   from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) in Brookville, take Wolver Hollow Rd; make right turn onto Chicken Valley Rd. to right turn onto Planting Fields Rd. entrance on right; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; fee, or free with Empire Passport; afterwards, if you wish to stay, we can check out the Main Greenhouse.  

Sat. Oct. 2—SAN SOUCI SAUNTER:

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 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. Oct. 3—QUOGUE REFUGE TOUR:

10:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat - Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit a little gem of a refuge to see a bit of everything in the pine barrens, from wetlands to dwarf pines; bring water; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 64, go south on C.R. 104 to Old Country Rd., then right to Quogue Refuge; if lot is full, park across road.

Wed. Oct. 6—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.     

Sun. Oct. 10—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM WALK:

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

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; meet by gazebo near parking lot; from Southern State Parkway Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy about ½ mile to entrance on right; $8 parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Mon. Oct. 11—CONNETQUOT EAST SIDE:       

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – mostly flat –

Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Explore the eastern side of this vast preserve and get to see if we can spot some deer or fox; perhaps lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27; from the west take  NY 27 to Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd. and follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 to park entrance; from the east follow NY27 to park entrance west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; rain cancels; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Thurs. Oct 14—MUTTONTOWN MEANDER:

9:30 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Enjoy a weekday walk through the rolling terrain of the Muttontown Preserve, one of Nassau County’s finest; bring water and insect spray; rain cancels; meet at the equestrian parking lot; from NY 25A go south on NY 106 about ½ mile to entrance on right; from L.I.E. Exit 41 take NY 106 north about 2 ½ miles to entrance on left.

Sat. Oct. 16—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; rain cancels.  

Sat. Oct. 16—JOHN BURNLEY ATLAS MOTH MATING SEASON HONORARY:

9:00 AM – about 11 miles –fast –varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enjoy the overgrown old Toppings Path and some odd stretches of half-buried, barely scratchy trails deep in the state lands; maybe we’ll spot a moth … or a naturalist!  Bring water and snacks; PLEASE BRING A MASK (optional while we hike, but a must if we pass other folks on the trail); treat your clothing and your body against ticks; meet at the top end of Parking Field 1 at Suffolk Community College, Eastern Campus (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/west end of Field 1); inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks.  

Sat. Oct. 16—STONY HILL TO NANCY’S ROCK AND BACK:

10:00 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Plan on an enjoyable fall stroll through the fields of Peconic Land Trust’s Deborah Ann Light Preserve and the woods of the Land Trust’s Silver Beech Preserve, to Nancy’s Rock and back; we’ll leave the fertile farm fields of North Amagansett before hiking onto the glacial moraine at Stony Hill; after a loop in Stony Hill we’ll return the way we came; meet on road shoulder of Abraham’s Path, about 1/4 mile north of Town Lane, Amagansett; bring food and liquid. 

Sun. Oct. 17—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK: 9:30 AM – 5 miles – easy to moderate – flat –

Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A pine barrens walk to Sandy and Grassy Ponds and a little beyond, 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.

Wed. Oct. 20—CALEB SMITH CAPER:

9:00 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Hike the Long Island Trail and other routes in Caleb Smith State Park Preserve; bring water; rain cancels; Caleb Smith Park entrance is on the north side of NY 25, 1/2 mile west of the Smithtown Bull; or take Sunken Meadow Pkwy. to NY 25 and go east to park.

Thurs. Oct. 21—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

11:00 AM – about 6 miles - moderate – flat and sandy – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meet at the southeast corner of Robert Moses State Park Parking Lot 5 and hike along the Burma Road to the boardwalks, going through Kismet and Saltaire and back along the beach or roadway; bring water and lunch as we will stop to eat along the beach or go up to one of the towns if we find a deli open; rain cancels; take Robert Moses Causeway south to end and turn left (east) to Parking Lot 5; possible fee, or free with Empire Passport.  

Sat. Oct. 23—WESTBROOK TO CONNETQUOT:         

10:00 AM – 5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

We will meet at Westbrook Sports Complex and follow the Greenbelt along West Brook to the catwalk under Sunrise Hwy., then into Connetquot River State Park Preserve; we will stop at the hatchery for restroom break; heavy rain will cancel; eastbound, take So. St. Pkwy. to Exit 45E; go through traffic signal then approximately 1/2 mile to LIRR bridge; entrance to Westbrook is after crossing the bridge; park near ballfields; westbound, take NY 27 past Connetquot Park to Heckscher   Stay on service road to Heckscher Pkwy. (Southern State) southbound; take Heckscher Pkwy. to Exit 45E, continue as above.

Sun. Oct. 24—CAUMSETT EXPLORATION:

10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info:  Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will be hiking the “lesser known” side trails in this, my favorite park; we may walk a ways on the beach also; rain cancels; bring water and snack; meet in the parking area by 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 to entrance to park 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; possible fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Sat. Oct. 30—EAST SIDE TRAILS & STONY HILL:

10:00 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This hike includes one of East Hampton’s newest trail systems, the East Side trails in Springs, matched with a ramble through the rugged Stony Hill woods; come see Cedar Crest, Nivola’s Ridge, the Brooks-Park Preserve, and some beautiful fall colors; meet at Jacob’s Farm trailhead, roadside parking on Red Dirt Road about 1,000 feet east of Accabonac Road; bring food and liquid. 

Sat. Oct. 30—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 Pond to connect to the Paumanok Path, heading east to Sears Pond; bring water, snack and mask; meet at Spinney Rd., Flanders, south side of NY 24, just east to Birch Creek (follow NY 24 from Riverhead, or NY 27 exit 65, go north on NY 24; rain cancels.

Sun. Oct. 31—NORTH FORK TRIPLEHEADER:

10:00 AM – 2, 3.5 or 5 miles – easy – flat, some sand – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spend the day on the North Fork with three short hikes in beautiful Suffolk County parks, first at Inlet Pond, then Dam Pond, and finally Orient Point; water views everywhere; meet at Inlet Pond; entrance is hard to spot—address is 65275 Route 48, Greenport, north side of road; if you’re up for more, Dam Pond is farther east, 11855 Route 48, north side; Orient Point is on north side of road opposite ferry terminal; spend the rest of the day touring Greenport or a winery, brewery or restaurant; rain cancels.

Wed. Nov. 3—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.     

Sat. Nov. 6—WANDERING IN WILDWOOD:

9:00 AM – about 4 miles – moderate – some steep scrambles – CALL: Lee, 516-659-7130, or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come explore Wildwood State Park with spectacular views from bluffs as high as 150 feet over the Long Island Sound; walk the oak-beech woods where Witch Hazel should be in bloom; see large erratics embedded in high bluffs where Bank Swallows nest in summer; walk the beach to a tidal marsh where Baiting Hollow Creek empties into the Sound; there's lots to see in this great piece of property often overlooked by hikers; as usual, bring your own beverage of choice for optional lunch at the end of the hike; rain cancels; bring a mask to be used in close encounters; meet in the main parking lot. 

Sat. Nov. 6—CAMP HERO STATE PARK: 

10:00 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – varied –Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This will be a virtual tour-de-force of Camp Hero State Park, including a new trail within the park; expect to see running brooks, diverse and beautiful woodland, and the glistening Atlantic; meet at Point Woods trailhead, roadside parking on Camp Hero Road, Montauk; bring food and liquid. 

Sat. Nov. 6—WERTHEIM WONDERS:

10:00 AM – 3 or 6 miles – easy – flat –Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

Let’s explore the fall wonders of a natural L.I. habitat which includes marine bay, tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, salt marsh and much more, exploring two trails along the Carmans River; you can drop out after the first trail (3 miles); heavy rain cancels; pack a lunch and we will eat at the picnic tables; take William Floyd Pkwy. south to Montauk Highway (C.R. 80) in Shirley; go west to traffic light at Smith Road, then left to refuge entrance; meet in parking lot.

Sun. Nov. 7—INDIAN ISLAND WALK:

10:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Get an extra hour’s sleep before a walk in beautiful Indian Island County Park at the mouth of the Peconic River; rain cancels; bring water; meet at parking field inside park entrance (NY 27 Exit 63, north on C.R. 104, right on C.R. 105 to park; or NY 25 east of Riverhead, then south on 105 to park).

 

Thurs. Nov. 11—-REDISCOVER THE RED DOT TRAIL AND BEYOND:

9:30 AM – 5 to 6 miles – moderate – 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. to High Hold Drive; turn right on High Hold, proceed up the hill to the parking area on the left side of the road.

Sun. Nov. 14—SAN SOUCI SAUNTER:

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 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. Nov. 14—CALEB SMITH CAPER:

10:00 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s go for a nice hike in this interesting park with pretty water views and some nice hills; see what wildlife we can spot; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot at the entrance to park; rain cancels; take Northern State Pkwy. to end and continue onto NY 347/454 to Old Willets Path; turn left at light and go to NY 25; turn right a short distance to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 25 (Main Street) through Smithtown to park entrance on right; possible fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. Nov. 17— HIDDEN POND HOWL:

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

Hike the Long Island Trail north and back along the headwaters area of the Nissequogue River; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go north on Old Nichols Rd. too third light after L.I.E., Terry Rd.; turn left, go 1/2 mile to Hidden Pond Park on left; continue to last parking lot; bring water; rain cancels. 

Thurs. Nov. 18—CONNETQUOT EAST SIDE:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – mostly flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..        

 Explore the eastern side of this vast preserve and get to see if we can spot some deer or fox; perhaps lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27; from the west take  NY 27 to Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd. and follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 to park entrance; from the east follow NY27 to park entrance west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; rain cancels; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sat. Nov.20—PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

9:00 AM – around 13 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the feast less than a week ahead, it’ll be a perfect morning for a big out-and-back on the Pine Barrens trail, with the delightfully unkempt blue loop between the halves; bring water and snacks; PLEASE BRING A MASK (optional while we hike, but a must if we pass other folks on the trail); meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area; from L.I.E. 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; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks.

Sun. Nov. 21—HUBBARD COUNTY PARK PROWL:

10:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walk in pine barrens past Black Duck Lodge and out to the salt marshes of Flanders Bay, reaching the “ghost forest” of sunken Atlantic White Cedars; a diverse and scenic place; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 65, go north on NY 24 to Red Creek Road; turn right, and entrance is on left a short distance; park off pavement on north side of road near entrance.

Sat. Nov. 27—WELWYN PRESERVE WALK:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – varied – 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; rain cancels.

Sat. Nov. 27—HITHER WOODS WALK:

10:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join us for a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend jaunt through Hither Woods, starting and finishing near Fort Pond Bay; we will hike on some of the oldest trails in Hither Woods, including Flaggy Hole Road and the Old North Road; featured places will include the Lost Boulder, Flaggy Hole, and the Tar Works; meet at Rod’s Valley, west end of Navy Road, Montauk; bring food and liquid. 

Sat. Nov. 27—CAUMSETT SLITHER:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join me as we "snake" our way around the park, doing many of the back-and-forth trails on our way to great water views; rain cancels; bring water and snack; meet in the 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 to entrance to park 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; possible fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Wed. Dec. 1—CALEB SMITH CAPER:

9:00 AM – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Hike the Long Island Trail and other routes in Caleb Smith State Park Preserve; bring water; rain cancels; Caleb Smith Park entrance is on the north side of NY 25, 1/2 mile west of the Smithtown Bull; or take Sunken Meadow Pkwy. to NY 25 and go east to park.

Thurs. Dec. 2—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 347 in the parking lot just east (above) the Entrance Booth (old police station); enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

Sat. Dec. 4—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – mostly flat –Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Explore the center section of the park and return on the Greenbelt white trail; perhaps try lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27; from the west take  NY 27 to Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd. and follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 to park entrance; from the east follow NY27 to park entrance west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; rain cancels; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sun. Dec. 5—BELMONT LAKE LOOP:

10:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

 We will take a moderately-paced hike around 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; parking is free; from So. St. Pkwy. Exit 38, follow signs into Belmont Lake State Park; meet on west side of cashier's booth near comfort stations.

 

Thurs. Dec. 9—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 347 in the parking lot just east (above) the Entrance Booth (old police station); enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

Sat. Dec. 11—SHADMOOR AND THE PARKWAY TRAIL:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A unique hike that will start on the twisting, narrow Parkway Trail, through thickets of shadbush and highbush blueberry, before crossing Montauk Highway for a loop within Shadmoor State Park; loop features stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from atop the park’s clay bluffs; meet at the parking lot for the Town skateboard park on Essex Street, Montauk; bring food and liquid. 

Sun. Dec 12—ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:

            1:00–4:00 PM at the Blydenburgh-Weld House (directions at top of Schedule, page 7).

            Walk: 11:00 – 2-3 miles – easy – varied, some hills – Leader: Nancy Manfredonia.

Join us for our annual get-together at the Greenbelt Office to share food, drink and conversation and see old friends; bring something to eat! Prior to the Open House, take a walk in historic Blydenburgh Park and the south side of Caleb Smith Park; we’ll be back in time for the festivities.

Wed. Dec. 15—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.     

Thurs. Dec. 16—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

10:30 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hike 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 that may be just starting to bloom; from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) in Brookville, take Wolver Hollow Rd. north; make right turn onto Chicken Valley Rd. to right turn onto Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on right; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; heavy rain or snow cancels.

Sat. Dec. 18—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; rain cancels.  

Sat. Dec. 18—THREE PONDS AND A SWAMP: 

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Perk up your holiday spirit with the usual few hours of vigorous exercise in the Flanders Woods, including the Three Miles of Sand; bring water and snacks; PLEASE BRING A MASK (optional while we hike, but a must if we pass other folks on the trail); meet at Sears Bellows County Park, Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks.

Sun. Dec. 19—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK: 9:30 AM – 3 miles – easy – varied –

Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kiss autumn goodbye on a short walk on the north end of this north-south trail in the middle of Long Island; see a spruce grove and “The Giant”; rain or snow cancels; bring insect spray for grassy areas; meet at the D.E.C. parking lot on the north side of NY 25, west of Wm. Floyd. Pkwy. and east of C.R. 21; NOTE: this is a point-to-point walk and requires a car shuttle; vaccinated members only, please.

Wed. Dec. 22—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 views 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 Trail Head on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water; snow, ice or rain cancels.

Sun. Dec. 26— CAUMSETT EXPLORATION:

10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info:  Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An exploration of the many side trails and great views from the cliffs of this beautiful park; bring water & snack; meet in the parking area by the booth; heavy rain or snow cancels.  from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles to entrance to park 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; possible fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Fri. Dec. 31—HECKSCHER LOOP:

11:00 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; no parking fee; heavy rain cancels; take Southern State Parkway eastbound to its end at the park; follow loop road to Field 6 and meet near the playground.

Sat. Jan. 1—HITHER WOODS NEW YEAR’S DAY HIKE:

10:00 AM – 8 miles – moderate – some hills – Info: Rick, 631-275-8539. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Year’s Day 2022 conveniently falls on a Saturday, so trundle along with some fellow hikers in Montauk’s always spectacular Hither Woods; we will hike a clockwise circuit featuring the challenging Serpent’s Back Trail, as well as the Old North Road and Laurel Canyon Trail; we will pass historic Split Rock and the Devil’s Cradle on our return; meet at the Hither Hills Overlook parking lot, north side of Montauk Highway (NY 27), Montauk; bring food and liquid. 

Sat. Jan. 1—FIRST DAY HIKE:

10:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – Info: Jim, 516-249-3650.

NOTE: First Day Hikes run as cooperative efforts between user groups and State Parks throughout New York; because of the Covid epidemic, registration may be required if a limit is placed on the number of participants. Call after Dec 1, and additional information will be available at that time.

Come join us on a New Year’s Day hike through Bethpage State Park; look for signs of rabbits, hawks, foxes and owls along the trail; bring water and snack; no age restriction; hike is rain, snow, or shine—only a blizzard cancels; exit points will be posted along the way to allow you to shorten the hike length and return to the parking lot; meet at Bethpage State Park picnic area parking lot near playground and restrooms; from NY 135 southbound, take Exit 8 to Powell Ave.; turn left over expressway and left to park entrance on left; go to the end of the road and straight ahead to far side of parking lot; from the south, take Bethpage Pkwy. north from So. St. Pkwy. to traffic circle; go ¾ around circle and continue to park entrance.

 

 

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