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. Oct. 5—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; rain cancels.

Sat. Oct. 5—FLANDERS-SEARS POND:

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

We will walk into 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 C.R. 24, just east of Birch Creek; rain cancels.

Sat. Oct. 5—BAYARD WALK and DAHLIA SHOW: 

10:45 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133. 

Enjoy an easy-paced walk through woods, gardens and along the river’s edge of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River; bring water and snack or lunch, or purchase lunch at the Café; opt to stay for free Fall Dahlia Flower Show and Photo Contest held in the lower level of the Carriage House; heavy rain cancels; take Southern State Pkwy. to Exit 45E, then east on Montauk Highway 0.25 mile to entrance on right side; meet in NW corner of lot; $8 fee, or free with Empire Pass.

Sun. Oct. 6—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..

Thurs. Oct. 10—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. 12—UPPER NISSEQUOGUE RAMBLE:

9:30 AM – 3.4 miles – easy- flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Hike from Smithtown through a red maple swamp and follow the Nissequogue River to its source in Hidden Pond Park; bring water; rain cancels; meet at Hidden Pond Park parking lot near The Rinx (not the first lot for the ball fields); from L.I.E. Exit 58, go north on Old Nichol’s Road to Terry Road, then left to park entrance. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Oct. 13—DWARF PINE SPECIAL:

10:00 AM – 2-3 miles –moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Visit the globally-rare Dwarf Pine Plains for a loop walk and a chance to see endangered buck moths; later, option to go across the road to the short Dwarf Pines Interpretive Loop; a flat walk, but sand makes it moderate; bring water; rain cancels; meet in dirt lot at s.w. corner of NY 27 and C.R. 31 (Sunrise Hwy. Exit 63). E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Oct. 16—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

Hike six miles along winding trails through the woods and along the bluffs; bring water; heavy rain cancels; 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.

Thurs. Oct. 17—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. Oct. 19—CONNETQUOT WEST SIDE:

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

We will hike up the west side of the park past the backyards of the neighboring houses, checking out the horses in the paddocks, then head to Bunce’s Bridge and come back along the river edge and pick up the Red Trail; heavy rain cancels; ; 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; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards? 

Sat. Oct. 19—NISSEQUOGUE RIVER TO SUNKEN MEADOW:

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

Hike along the shore to Sunken Meadow, then return on the hilly bluffs with an awesome view of the Nissequogue River and Long Island Sound; bring food and water; rain cancels; meet in front of Nissequogue River State Park Office; from Sunken Meadow Pkwy. Exit SM4, go east on Pulaski Road, which becomes Old Dock Road; at 5th traffic light turn right onto St. Johnland Road; park entrance is about ½ mile on left; $8 parking fee, or free with Empire Pass; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Oct. 19—SARNOFF STOMP: 

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

A few brisk hours in the woods, featuring Wildwood Lake, the Red and Yellow Loops, and then a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail; bring water and snacks; meet at the front gate (which will be locked, but we’ll jockey our cars to a good spot nearby) of 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! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks. 

Sun. Oct. 20—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK: 

9:00 AM – 5.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day with the first annual John Straus Memorial Hike! To honor our fathers, please bring a fun story about your Dad to share with the group, whether he’s still with us or not; we’ll do the first few miles of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail by continuing past NY 108 to Stillwell Lane, then we’ll turn around and retrace our steps; this trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; bring water and trail snacks; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A), in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Wed. Oct. 23—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. Oct. 26—WALT WHITMAN LOOP:

1:00 PM – 3.8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

An afternoon walk in West Hills Park, including Jayne’s Hill, the highest spot on L.I.; bring snack and water; rain or bad footing cancels; from L.I.E. Exit 49 or No. St. Pky. Exit 40, go north on NY 110; a mile north of pky., turn left at sign for Whitman Birthplace Hist. Site; turn left onto West Hills Rd., left again at stop sign at Reservoir Rd.; continue to end of road. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Oct. 27—WESTBROOK TO CONNETQUOT:

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

Meet at Westbrook Sports Complex and follow the L.I. Trail along West Brook to the catwalk under Sunrise Hwy into Connetquot River State Park Preserve; we will stop at the hatchery for a restroom break; heavy rain will cancel; eastbound, take So. St. Pkwy. to Exit 45E (Montauk Highway); continue east through traffic signal, then approximately 1/2 mile to bridge; turn left into Sports Complex just after bridge; westbound, take NY 27 past Connetquot Park entrance; stay in service road to Heckscher Pkwy., go south to Exit 45E, and continue as above.

Sun. Oct. 27—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

We’re off to explore the many side trails and great views from the cliffs at this beautiful park; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; 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; fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Sat. Nov. 2—PRESERVE TO PRESERVE WALK:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – varied – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884, before 9 PM. 

We will walk part of the Red Trail in Sarnoff Preserve to the Cranberry Bog Preserve and back; bring water and snack; meet at the DEC parking lot on C.R. 63 (Lake Ave.), first parking area south of Riverhead traffic circle, down an access road south of Maynard Ave.; from NY 27 Exit 61, take C.R. 51 past Suffolk CC and Hampton Hills Golf Course; take first right after golf course and go to second DEC parking area.

Sat. Nov. 2—STONY HILL & JACOB’S FARM LOOP:

            10:00 AM – about 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

Enjoy the fall colors of Stony Hill with a circuit hike off Red Dirt Road in The Springs; some parts of this loop are hilly, but it is all beautiful; meet at roadside parking area on Red Dirt Road, 1,000 feet east of intersection of Accabonac Road and Red Dirt Road; bring liquids. 

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Sun. Nov. 3—TRAIL VIEW TO C.S.H. AND BACK: 

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

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

Sun. Nov. 3—CAUMSETT ROUNDABOUT:

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

This time we'll be “living on the edge” as we hike the perimeter of the park; weather permitting, we can also hit the beach; heavy 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; fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Wed. Nov. 6—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. Nov. 7—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. to a right turn onto High Hold Drive; proceed up the hill to the parking area on the left side of the road.

Sat. Nov. 9—GREAT RIVER RAMBLE:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take a walk on the L.I. Greenbelt from Timber Point Park through Heckscher State Park and on to Great River LIRR station; rain cancels; meet at Great River station for car shuttle; from NY 27, go south on Connetquot Avenue to station; park on south side. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Nov. 9—MANORVILLE HILLS-BALD HILL LOOP:

9:00 AM – 6-7 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Lee, 516-659-7130.

Hike leaders Lee and George will traverse the Manorville Hills with a lunch on 295-foot Bald Hill; we'll go into a large kettlehole and pass some wetlands amid the hilly morainal terrain; bring lunch, water and binoculars to get views of the Atlantic from Bald Hill; there will be some bushwhacking, so take appropriate precautions for ticks; as usual, bring your own beverage of choice to share if you like; meet at the Suffolk Community College Riverhead Campus Parking Field 1 (C.R. 51 to Speonk-Riverhead Rd., follow signs); steady rain cancels.

Sun. Nov. 10—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK: 

9:00 AM – 5.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day with the first annual John Straus Memorial Hike! To honor our fathers, please bring a fun story about your Dad to share with the group, whether he’s still with us or not; we’ll do the first few miles of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail by continuing past NY 108 to Stillwell Lane, then we’ll turn around and retrace our steps; this trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; bring water and trail snacks; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A), in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Thurs. Nov. 14—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

Explore the wooded trails and open fields of this beautiful arboretum; afterwards, check out the greenhouses if you wish;  from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) in Brookville, take Wolver Hollow Rd; make right turn on Chicken Valley Rd. to a right turn onto Planting Fields Rd; entrance on right; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near entrance; heavy rains cancels. 

Sat. Nov. 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. Nov.16—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 (LIE eastbound to exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto County Route 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!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks. 

Wed. Nov. 20—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

Hike six miles along winding trails through the woods and along the bluffs; bring water; heavy rain cancels; 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.

Thurs. Nov. 21—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. Nov. 23—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

10:30 AM – 6-7 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; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards?

 Sat. Nov. 23—STUMP POND PLUS CALEB SMITH:

10:00 AM – 6 or 9 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486; day of hike, 631-521-5103.

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

Sat. Nov. 23—FARM FIELDS AND STONY HILL:

10:00 AM – about 5 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

Ramble through Peconic Land Trust’s farm fields and the woods of Stony Hill, in Amagansett; you’ll find beautiful woods and very interesting topography on this scenic hike; meet at roadside parking area on the east side of Abraham’s Path, approximately 1/4 mile north of Town Lane; bring liquids. 

Sun. Nov. 24— 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 marine bay, tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, salt marsh and much more; this will be 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 to Montauk Highway (C.R. 80); turn right to light at Smith Road, then left about ½ mile to Refuge entrance.   

Mon. Dec. 2—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 16 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. Dec. 5—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. 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.; heavy rain cancels; bring water.     

Sat. Dec. 7—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

We will be exploring many of the little-known trails and going on the beach to get a great feel for this extraordinary park; seeing the cliffs from the beach is awesome; great photo ops; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; from NY25, go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Road north of NY25A (Main St., Huntington); continue another 6 miles to park on your left; from the east go north on NY 110 to NY 25A in Huntington turn left (west) to West Neck Road; turn right for 6 miles; meet in parking lot near booth; check Caumsett website for fee info.

 Sat. Dec. 7—FLANDERS-MAPLE SWAMP STOMP:

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

We will walk to Owl Pond west on the Paumanok Path to Maple Swamp; bring water and snack; meet at kiosk on Spinney Rd, Flanders, south side of C.R. 24 just east of Birch Creek; rain cancels.

Sun. Dec. 8— BELMONT LAKE LOOP:

10:00 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 Southard’s Pond, where we will stop to have a snack; bring water and snack; rain or ice cancels; from So. St. Pkwy. Exit 38, follow signs into Belmont Lake State Park; meet on west side of cashier's booth near comfort stations; no parking fee at this time of year.

Wed. Dec. 11—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. Dec. 14—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; meet at Sears-Bellows Park parking lot, on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays (NY 27 to exit 65N for 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 call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks. 

Sun. Dec. 15—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

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; rain or icy conditions cancels.

Sun. Dec. 15—ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE:

1:00 to 4:00 PM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.

Hike 11:30 AM – 2 miles plus – easy – varied – Leader: Nancy Manfredonia.

Join us for our annual, festive get-together at the Blydenburgh-Weld House (directions at top of schedule); bring food to share (let us know in advance if you can, so we can plan); walk in historic Blydenburgh Park and into Caleb Smith St. Pk. Preserve beforehand if you wish; rain cancels hike.

Wed. Dec. 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.

Thurs. Dec. 19—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

Explore the wooded trails 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 just be starting; 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.

Sat. Dec. 21—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK: 

9:00 AM – 5.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Let’s celebrate Father’s Day with the first annual John Straus Memorial Hike! To honor our fathers, please bring a fun story about your Dad to share with the group, whether he’s still with us or not; we’ll do the first few miles of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail by continuing past NY 108 to Stillwell Lane, then we’ll turn around and retrace our steps; this trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; bring water and trail snacks; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A), in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Sat. Dec. 21—GREAT SOUTH BAY PLUS BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM:

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

Hike to a fantastic view of Great South Bay in Heckscher State Park, with about ½ mile of beach walk; drop out after 6 miles, or continue with us into the Arboretum; bring water and lunch; rain or snow cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; from NY 27 and Connetquot Avenue, go south on Connetquot to station; park on south side of tracks; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Dec. 28— HECKSCHER PARK LOOP:

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

Take a leisurely loop in the State Park at the south end of the L.I. Trail; take So. St. Pkwy. to its end at the park entrance (no fee at this time of year); follow loop road to Field 6, meet at comfort station; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Dec. 29—CONNETQUOT CAPER:

10:30 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.    

This time we'll start on the Red Trail, stop at Bunce’s Bridge and return down the west side and see the horses in the paddocks; 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; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards?

Wed. Jan. 1—BETHPAGE FIRST DAY HIKE:

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

Come join us on a New Year’s Day hike through Bethpage State Park; look for signs of rabbits, hawks, fox and owls along the trail; bring water and snack; hike rain, snow, or shine—only 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 in picnic area parking lot near playground and polo field; from NY 135, take Exit 8 to Powell Ave, Bethpage; go east; the first road on the north side is the entrance to the Polo Field and Picnic Area; go to the end of the road and you will be at the rest rooms and playground area.

Registration is preferred, but not required. To confirm attendance, call 516-249-3560 and leave information on answering machine. If you wish to have someone return your call, please say your phone number twice.

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

11:00 AM – about 9 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

Hike a long but beautiful circuit through Montauk’s spacious Hither Woods on this New Year’s Day special; you will enjoy deep oak woods with lots of topography, as well as views along a secluded section of Block Island Sound coastline; meet at parking lot on north side of NY 27 at East Hampton’s Montauk Recycling Center; bring lunch and liquids. 

 

 

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