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:

 

Thurs. Apr. 19—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

10:00 AM   – 5-6 miles – moderate – flat, sandy – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

Meet at the southeast corner of Field 5 and hike along the Burma Rd. to the Lighthouse, then do a walk through Kismet and Saltaire looking at the houses and the deer in the front yards; please bring lunch or snack to have while we take a break before coming back along the ocean; if you prefer not to walk the beach, you can return through the villages; bring water; rain cancels; take Robert Moses Causeway south to end and turn left (east) to Field 5. 


9:00 AM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Sat. Apr. 21—T.I.C. WORK DAY and BBQ:

Help us rehabilitate the all-access El’s Wampmissick Trail and enjoy a thank-you barbecue after; bring loppers, pruners, shovels, gloves; please call and leave message or send an email prior to the day to let us know you’re coming.

Sat. Apr. 21—WESTERN MANORVILLE HILLS:

9:00 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – hilly, some bushwhacking – Info: Lee, 516-659-7130.

Hike leaders Lee and George will again lead a hike into Manorville Hills, this one into the western part of this hilly moraine; some rough terrain and off-trail exploring as we intend to visit some of the lesser known areas such as Sunset and Lunch Hills, God’s Knuckles as well as Dietz Hill and Long Ridge; bring beverage of choice and lunch; dress for tick protection; rain cancels; meet on Halsey Manor Rd. just south of the L.I.E. From the west, take Exit 70 (C.R. 111) south, make left onto Halsey Manor Rd.; drive just under a mile to a clearing on the right just south of the expressway; from the east on C.R. 111, make a right onto Halsey Manor Rd. and continue to clearing.

Sun. Apr. 22—CAUMSETT CAPER: 

10:00 AM – 6 miles ­ moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

We will be doing the "roads less traveled" through this wonderful park; there will be some beach walking if weather permits; meet in the parking lot (parking fee, or free with Empire Passport); from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels.

Mon. Apr. 23—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Wed. Apr. 25—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. Apr. 25— WILDWOOD WANDERINGS:

1:00 PM – 3+ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

Explore the trails of this state park on Long Island Sound; bad weather or footing cancels; take Wm. Floyd Pky. north to its end, then go east on NY 25A; bear left onto Sound Avenue and turn left onto Hulse Landing Road to park entrance; meet in parking field.

Sat. Apr. 28—RAY CORWIN TRAIL GRAND OPENING:

10:00 AM Ceremony, hikes to follow – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Join us for the official dedication of the Ray Corwin Trail; met at the D.E.C. lot on the north side of NY 25, east of Wading River Hollow Road and west of Woodlot Road; after the ceremony, see all or part of the trail on one of three hikes:

                  Entire trail – 12.1 miles – After ceremony, hikers drive to Yaphank, then car shuttle to Rocky Point trailhead on NY 25A for a walk of the entire route; bring snack and water; heavy rain cancels.

                  Lot 18 to Yaphank – 7.3 miles – After ceremony, hikers drive to Yaphank, then car shuttle to D.E.C. Lot 18 on Whiskey Road for a walk back to Yaphank; bring snack and water; heavy rain cancels.

                The “Giant” hike – 3 miles – Hike from NY 25 to the junction with the Paumanok Path and back, seeing a mammoth erratic boulder and an old RCA facility on the way; heavy rain cancels.

                The “Turtle Rock” hike – 4 miles – Hike from NY 25 to Longwood Estate and back, passing another huge erratic and enjoying the grounds of historic Longwood Estate; heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Apr. 29—NASSAU-SUFFOLK TRAIL OR BUST: 

7:00 AM – 20 miles – fast – varied – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Hike for Life—Hug a Trail Training Hike!  This is a LIGTC members-only hike.  We’ll meet on Ocean Ave. near Merrick Road (on the west side of Caroon’s Lake), then leave some cars and drive the rest to C.S.H., where we’ll hike the full length of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail; bring water, lunch, trail snacks, and determination; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; take NY 135 south to the last exit at Merrick Road; head east about a mile and make a left onto Ocean Ave just before the lake; park on Ocean Ave. close to Merrick Rd.

Mon.  Apr. 30—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Sat. May 5—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. May 5— BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM RHODODENDRON WALK:

11:00 AM – 3-4 miles –  easy – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486; day of hike 631-521-5103.

Take a leisurely walk around the beautiful gardens, ponds and the Connetquot River and enjoy the spectacular color of rhododendrons hopefully in full bloom; bring water; optional lunch in Hidden Oak Cafe; rain cancels; meet at Bayard Cutting Arboretum parking lot; from Southern State Pky. Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy. about ½ mile to entrance on right; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; joint hike with NHOC.  E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sun. May 6—CONNETQUOT TRAIL RIDE AND HIKE:

                10:00 AM – 2-1/2 miles – easy – flat – To register: download form at www.friendsofconnetquot.org under “Events.”

Enjoy beautiful Connetquot State Park Preserve as the Friends of Connetquot host their Annual Trail Ride/Hike fundraiser ($30 prepaid, $40 at the gate);  the Greenbelt is helping by leading the hike; we’ll walk from the entrance to the hatchery and back, up one side of the river and down the other; bring water; rain cancels; meet at main entrance to Connetquot Park, north side of NY 27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the west, take Exit 47A, follow signs to u-turn for park; fee, or free with Empire Passport (possible fee waiver for the event).

Sun. May 6—CAUMSETT CAPER:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

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 from the cliffs; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sun. May 6—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK:  

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

Hike for Life—Hug a Trail Warm-up Hike!  This is a LIGTC members-only hike.  We’ll do the first few miles of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail by continuing past NY 108 to Stillwell Lane, then will 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; hiking pole 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.

Mon. May 7—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Sat. May 12—HIKE FOR LIFE—HUG A TRAIL:

8:00 AM and 1:00 PM – See page 5 for details. Info: www.ligreenbelt.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A benefit for the Greenbelt Trail Conference; please support our work; register online at www.ligreenbelt.org.

Sun. May 13—No guided hike today. Take Mom for a walk in the woods.

Mon. May 14—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Tues. May 15—MUTTONTOWN MEANDER:

9:30 A.M. – 4 to 5 miles – moderate – 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 Nature Center; go north on NY 106, make a left turn on NY 25A, make another left after one-tenth mile to Muttontown Lane; preserve entrance is straight ahead.

Sat. May 19—SARNOFF STOMP: 

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

A fast few 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 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); experienced hikers, please – the pace is tough, only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; seriously adverse weather cancels – so call or text that morning to be sure. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. May 20—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. May 21—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Tues. May 22—CAUMSETT PEACE HIKE:

10:00 AM – 4-6 miles – moderately vigorous – flat – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

Join us as we explore the beautiful, spacious terrain of Caumsett State Park; this is a Mindfulness Hike wherein we will expand our awareness in the following areas: team building, hiking with a balanced mind and body, peaceful approaches to problem solving;

bring water and snacks; severe weather cancels; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. May 23—MORAINE OUT AND BACK:

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

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

Sat. May 26— CAUMSETT PEACE HIKE:

10:00 AM – 4-6 miles – moderately vigorous – flat – Info: CIA (Yvette), 516-320-5955.

Join us as we explore the beautiful, spacious terrain of Caumsett State Park; this is a Mindfulness Hike wherein we will expand our awareness in the following areas: team building, hiking with a balanced mind and body, peaceful approaches to problem solving;

bring water and snacks; severe weather cancels; meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sat. May 26—CONNETQUOT OUT-AND-BACK:

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

This hike is mainly for those who are looking for an easier paced, mostly flat, but still interesting outing; we will be going up to the fish hatchery and then along the river to Bunce's Bridge and back; bring water and snack; meet in the Main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27; from the west take NY 27 Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; follow signs for - turn for park; from the east follow NY27 to park entrance on the right; heavy rain cancels; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; perhaps lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Sun. May 27—No guided hike today.

Tues. May 29—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

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

Sat. June 2—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. June 2— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 4.8 to 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA, (Yvette) 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breath; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead on Harbor Road (NY25) in Cold Spring Harbor in the parking lot adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Sat. June 2—NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: PLANT THE PARK:

9:00 AM ­– Sign up by email at least two days before the event at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help Bethpage Park recover from a pipeline construction project by planting trees; bring shovel, shears, clippers, loppers, and/or bow saw. For more information, please visit sakarigear.com/national-trails-day/

Sun. June 3—QUOGUE REFUGE WALK:

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

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..

Mon. June 4—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Tues.  June 5— COLD SPRING HARBOR MINDFULNESS HIKE:

9:00 AM – 4.8 to 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: CIA, (Yvette) 516-320-5955.

On this hike we will hike as one moving swiftly and smoothly over the hills as we steady our minds and breath; we will expand our awareness and let go of that which does not serve us; bring water and snacks; meet at the Nassau-Suffolk trailhead on Harbor Road (NY25) in Cold Spring Harbor in the parking lot adjacent to the Cold Harbor Spring Library; severe weather cancels.

Tues. June 5—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

11:00 AM – 5 to 6 miles – moderate – flat, sandy – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

Meet at the southeast corner of Field 5 and hike along the boardwalk, stopping to see the lighthouse finial display; after passing the Lighthouse we take Burma Road to the sidewalks and boardwalks, going through the little communities and come back along the beach; if you do not want to beach walk, you can go back the way we came; 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 Field 5; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. June 6— 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.

Thur. June 7—REDISCOVER THE RED DOT TRAIL AND BEYOND:

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

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

Sat. June 9—PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

9:00 AM –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 parking area, a closed, gated road on the south side of NY 24, east of NY 105 and west of NY 27 Exit 65; experienced hikers, please – the pace is tough, only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; seriously adverse weather cancels - so call or text that morning to be sure. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Sun. June 10—2nd ANNUAL FAMILY DAY AND BBQ: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM –

Enjoy one of four hikes in Bethpage State Park in the morning, plus other activities, and a barbecue at 1:00 PM in a reserved pavilion; rain or shine; a fun day!

Mon. June 11—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Sat. June 16—CAUMSETT CAPER:

10:00 – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

Join me as we traverse my favorite park; start out on Fisherman's Drive to the water and walk the beach to the left and back; then through the woods we go, because as many of you know, I can't stay on the main trails too long before heading for those hidden gems; from NY 25 take Woodbury Rd. north, which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A; continue north about 6 miles to park entrance on left; from the east take NY 110 north, go left (west) on NY 25A to West Neck Rd., make right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; parking fee or free with Empire Passport. 

Sun. June 17—No guided hike today.

Mon. June 18—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

Wed. June 20—BLYDENBURGH-CALEB SMITH COMBO:

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

Walk from Greenbelt Office through part of Blydenburgh into Caleb Smith Park and back; meet in parking lot at north entrance of Blydenburgh Park (directions top of schedule), bring water; rain cancels.

Sat. June 23—LAKELAND POKE-AROUND:

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

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

Sun. June 24—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

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

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

 Mon. June 25—PINE BARRENS TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

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

 

 

 


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