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. July 15 – SUNKEN FOREST GUIDED TOUR PLUS CHERRY GROVE AND  PINES  – Fire Island 6.5 miles

9:45 AM Sharp - Sayville Stop & Shop parking lot. Slow, easy, flat, sandy a short beach walk.

Leader: Quyen (Quinn) H. 631-234-5486; day of hike Cell. 631-521-5103 Limited please register with Quyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join the National Park Ranger for an interesting guided tour in Sunken Forest plus we will visit the two most color full communities on Fire Island (Cherry Grove and the Pines). Bring water, lunch; sunscreen, insect repellents. Rain cancels.

Directions: From route 27 Sunrise Hwy take exit 49 Lake Land Ave south to route 27A Montauk Highway; Stop & Shop is on the corner of Lincoln Ave and Montauk Hwy. Address 191 Montauk Highway Sayville, NY 11782.  Park across from Friendly’s.

 

Sat. July 15—CENTRAL NASSAU SUFFOLK TRAIL TREK:

8:00 AM – 12 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Meet at the Trail View State Park lot on the north side of NY 25, next to Stop ’n Shop, east of NY 135 and just west of Woodbury Rd.; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels (call to verify if weather is iffy).

Sat. July 15—LOST ROAD OF THE PINES, No.1:

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

Get lost in time and the estival beauty of rolling glacial hills in the quiet expanse of public lands south of the Peconic Bay; bring water and snacks – and more water, if it’s a hot morning; treat your clothes against ticks and grease yourself up with your personal favorite bug dope, if you must – but don’t let “tickophobia” deprive you of this big glorious summer walk in the woods; meet at Spinney Road parking area (L.I.E. eastbound to Exit 71; turn right onto C. R. 24, stay straight through the traffic circle in Riverhead, and head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right beyond the C.R. 105 intersection, about eight-plus total miles from the L.I.E.); steady, driving rain cancels, so call or text that morning if in doubt! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. July 16—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILLS AND LOOP:   

9:00 AM – 4.8 miles – fast – hilly –  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

One of the best hikes on Long Island!  This section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; this is not a beginner hike; we’ll head to NY 108 taking the Uplands West Loop, which adds about one-half mile to the trip, then return using the more direct route; 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 Cold Spring Harbor, in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Sun. July 16—TERRELL RIVER RAMBLE:

9:30 – 4 miles – easy –mostly flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950. 

Hike a beautiful trail looping around to a beach on Moriches Bay with views of a marsh; rain cancels; bring water: meet at Terrell River parking area on south side of C.R. 80 across from Flight 800 Park; take NY 27 to Exit 59, south on Wading River Rd, right on Railroad Ave., then left on Main Street; park is on the right on Main St.

Wed. July 19—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. July 22—No guided hike today.

Sun. July 23—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

We will be doing the "roads less traveled" through this wonder park; if not too hot, there will be some beach walking; meet in the parking lot (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 a right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels    

 Tues. July 25—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 near the entrance; there is a café for lunch or snack afterwards; from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) take Wolver Hollow Rd. in Brookville, make right onto Chicken Valley Rd. to a right turn on Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on the right; fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels. 

Sat. July 29—MORAINE OUT AND BACK:

9:00 AM – 6.2 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Walk from Lakeland County Park to Hidden Pond Park and back; meet at Lakeland parking lot; from L.I.E. Exit 58 go south on Old Nichols Rd to Johnson Ave, turn left and proceed a mile; park is on the right; bring water and snack; rain may cancel; call AM of hike if rain is forecast.

Sun. July 30—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

                9:15 AM – 5-6 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

We will walk the boardwalk, passing the lighthouse and road to Kismet and beyond, before making our return; anyone wishing to tour the lighthouse can do so on our way back, then lunch near the concession stand; bring water and lunch; meet at the east end of Field 5 by the entrance to the boardwalk, which is just north of the dunes; rain cancels; Fee $10, or free with Empire Passport.

Sun. July 30—BAYARD CUTTING FREE CONCERT WALK:

11:15 AM – 3-4 miles – slow, easy – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.

Take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens, ponds and the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum, followed by a free outdoor concert featuring Mary Lamont, one of the very finest female vocalists in country music today; bring water, bring or buy lunch in the Café, and a chair; rain cancels; meet at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, So. St. Pky. Exit 45E, east on Montauk Hwy about ½ mile to entrance on right; $8 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..

Wed. Aug. 2—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 nature center parking lot; from NY25A, 1 block west of NY 106; go south on Muttontown Lane (opposite gas station) to park entrance; rain cancels; bring water.     

Sat. Aug. 5—EVENING WALK ON FIRE ISLAND:

6:30 PM – 4-5 miles – slow easy – flat, sandy – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.

Enjoy and early evening walk to the Lighthouse, then continue to explore Kismet, Seabay Beach and Saltaire; return along the ocean; bring water and snack; rain cancels; meet at southeast corner near the boardwalk to the lighthouse in Field 5; no parking fee after 6 PM; take Southern State Parkway to Robert Moses Causeway (Exit 40), go south to Robert Moses State Park; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Aug. 6—No guided hikes today.

Tues. Aug. 8—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

9:30 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; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water and bug spray; rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 12—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. Aug. 12—CONNETQUOT RAMBLE:

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.

This time we'll end up on the Red Trail, after a stop at the fish hatchery and Bunce's Bridge; 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, snack and bug spray; heavy rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards?

Sun. Aug. 13—TRAIL VIEW TO COLD SPRING HARBOR AND BACK:

8:30 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; great cardio workout! Bring water, lunch, and trail snacks; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain may cancel, 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 or Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; turn right onto 25; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of Stop ’n Shop.

Fri. Aug. 18— HECKSCHER EVENING STROLL:

5:00 PM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

Take Southern State Parkway to its end at Heckscher State Park (fee, or free with Empire Pass); meet near the comfort station in Field 6; we will do a leisurely 4-mile loop in the park; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; heavy rain cancels; bring dinner and we can eat by the water after the hike.

Fri. Aug. 18—CAUMSETT EARLY CAPER:

8:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied, some sand – Info: 631-223-3427.

Let's get an early, cooler start and hit the beach; afterwards we'll see the Sound from the top of the cliffs and take some side trails back; meet in the Caumsett lot (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 & snack; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 19— No guided hikes today.

Sun. Aug. 20—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).

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Wed. Aug. 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. Aug. 26—LOST ROAD OF THE PINES, No.2:

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

Check out some atmospheric, long-abandoned stretches of the Toppings Purchase Middle Line and the Old Westhampton Road, with a few connecting miles on the familiar, main Pine Barrens Trail as well; bring water and snacks – and more water, if it’s a hot morning; treat your clothes against ticks and grease yourself up with your personal favorite bug dope, if you must – but live a little: don’t miss another big glorious summer walk in the woods; 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); steady, driving rain cancels, so call or text that morning if in doubt!! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Sun. Aug. 27—CAUMSETT EARY CAPER:

8:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info, Carol, 631-223-3427.

We're again starting earlier to beat the heat; a perimeter hike seeing great views of Connecticut and the Sound; meet in the parking lot (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.

Tues. Aug. 29—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

9:30 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; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water and bug spray; rain cancels.

Sat. Sept. 2, Sun. Sept. 3—Labor Day weekend. No guided walks.

Wed. Sept. 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. Sept. 7—CONNETQUOT LOOP:

10:00 AM – 7 miles – moderate – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. 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, snack and bug spray; heavy rain cancels; perhaps lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards?

Sat. Sept. 9—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILLS AND LOOP: 

                9:00 AM – 4.8 miles – fast – hilly.  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

One of the best hikes on Long Island!  This section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; this is not a beginner hike; we’ll head to NY 108 taking the Uplands West Loop, which adds about one-half mile to the trip, then return using the more direct route; 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 Cold Spring Harbor, in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Sat. Sept. 9—SARNOFF STOMP: 

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

See summertime waning in the woods over a brisk several hours of walking to Wildwood Lake, the Red Loop, and then a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail; bring water and snacks; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; 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); steady, driving rain cancels - so call or text that morning if in doubt! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Sun. Sept. 10—SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

10:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Kathie,631-682-5133.

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.

Sat. Sept. 16—CAUMSETT STATE PARK RAMBLE:

10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate to brisk – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.

Enjoy a hike through meadows and woodlands to an awesome view of a freshwater pond against the backdrop of the L.I. Sound, then walk along the rocky shore with Connecticut on the horizon; bring water, lunch; rain cancels; from L.I. E. Exit 49N, take NY110 north to NY 25A (Main Street); turn left and go 3 traffic lights, turn right onto West Neck Rd.; go about 6 miles to park entrance on left; $8 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..

 

Sat. Sept. 16—TACKAPAUSHA PRESERVE WALK:

9:00 AM – 4.5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.      

An interesting long and narrow section of greenery; meet in parking lot near museum; from NY 135 Exit 1E, go east on Merrick Rd. to Washington Ave. (about5-6 blocks) and, turn left; park entrance on right; rain cancels, bring water.  

Sat. Sept. 16—PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY DAY: A full day of fun at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. Check pbdiscoveryday.org for details.

Sun. Sept. 17—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

Hike the wooded trails and the field, ending with a walk in the gardens; meet in the parking near the entrance; there is a café for lunch or snack afterwards; from Northern Blvd. (NY 25A) take Wolver Hollow Rd. in Brookville, make right onto Chicken Valley Rd. to a right turn on Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on the right; fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water, snack and bug spray; heavy rain cancels. 

Tues. Sept. 19—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

9:30 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; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water and bug spray; rain cancels.

Wed. Sept. 20—WERTHEIM WANDERINGS:

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

Enjoy the views on an afternoon walk in this National Wildlife Refuge on the Carmans River; from NY 27 Exit 57, go south to Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80), left to light at Smith Road, south to Refuge entrance; from NY 27 Exit 58 (Wm. Floyd Pkwy.), go south to Montauk, right to Smith, left to Refuge; meet in parking lot.

Sat. Sept. 23—UPPER NISSEQUOGUE RAMBLE:

                1:00 PM – 3.4 miles – easy- flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take a walk 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; follow park road to farthest lot; 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. Sept. 24—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILLS AND LOOP:

9:00 AM – 4.8 miles – fast – hilly –  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

One of the best hikes on Long Island!  This section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail has some nice hills to make sure we get a great workout; this is not a beginner hike; we’ll head to NY 108 taking the Uplands West Loop, which adds about one-half mile to the trip, then return using the more direct route; 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 Cold Spring Harbor, in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Wed. Sept. 27—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 nature center parking lot; from NY25A, 1 block west of NY 106; go south on Muttontown Lane (opposite gas station) to park entrance; rain cancels; bring water.     

Sat. Sept. 30—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

We will be doing the "roads less traveled" through this wonder park; if not too hot, there will be some beach walking; meet in the parking lot (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 a right and go approx. 6 miles to entrance on left; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels.    

 

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