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. Apr. 18—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. Apr. 18—HI-LO HUBBARD HUSTLE:

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

Following some woodlands roads, we’ll visit two high points up on the Flanders moraine, and two at sea-level out in the wetlands of Flanders Bay (before the bugs get here!); bring water and snacks; meet at Spinney Road turnout, a closed, gated road on the south side of NY 24, east of NY 105 and west of NY 27 Exit 65; strong walkers, please; the pace is difficult, with one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; adverse weather cancels, so call or text that morning if unsure. 

 Sat. Apr. 18—TERRELL RIVER RAMBLE:

                  9:30 AM – 3.5 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 and oyster beds; rain cancels; meet at Terrell River County Park parking area on south side of C.R. 80 across from Audubon Center and Flight 800 Children’s Memorial; from NY 27 Exit 59, go south on Wading River Rd, right on Railroad Ave., then left on Main Street; park is on the right on Main St. (C.R.80).

Sat. Apr. 18—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

We will be hiking the “lesser known” side trails in this, my favorite park; who knows—maybe we'll find a new one; rain cancels; bring water and snack; because of the construction of a new road and parking lot, I'm not sure where the parking will be, but I will be in the designated parking area and easy to find; from NY 25 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 proceed thru Huntington to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Pass.

 Sun. Apr. 19—TRAIL VIEW OUT AND BACK:

            9:00 AM – 7.5 miles – brisk – varied – Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

We will do an out-and-back headed north from the Trail View parking lot to NY 108, but will take the yellow trail in Stillwell out to add some variety; bring water and trail snacks; heavy rain cancels; call morning of hike if unsure; from I-495 (L.I.E.) Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25, Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left, just east of the Stop and Shop.

Sun. Apr. 19—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM WALK: 

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

Take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens and along the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum; some trails may be muddy; optional lunch  in the Café; rain cancels; meet by gazebo near parking lot; from Southern State Parkway to Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy. about ½ mile to entrance on right; $8 parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.  

Mon. Apr. 20—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. Apr. 23—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

We will 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; there may be a café open for lunch; meet in parking lot near entrance; possible parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; rain cancels.

Thurs. Apr. 23—WILDWOOD WANDERINGS:

            1:00 PM – 2+ miles – easy – varied – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590.

An afternoon walk in this beautiful state park on Long Island Sound; take William Floyd Pkwy. north to its end, turn right onto NY 25A; continue east to Hulse Landing Road and turn left to park entrance; rain cancels.

Sat. Apr. 25—ACCABONAC PRESERVE TO TANBARK CREEK, OUT AND BACK:

            10:00 AM – 3 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

This is a short but intriguing out and back hike on the Paumanok Path, which shows what trails can accomplish even in suburbanized areas; we will start on high ground in the  Peconic Land Trust’s Accabonac Preserve, in The Springs, East Hampton, then gradually drop to sea level at the Tanbark Creek Bridge,  likely the most beautiful hiking trail bridge on Long Island; then we will (for the most part) retrace our steps; meet 10:00 at roadside parking on Accabonac Road, 300 feet north of Stony Hill Road; bring snacks & liquids. 

Sun. Apr. 26—NASSAU-SUFFOLK TRAIL NORTH TO SOUTH: 

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

Our Annual N-S on the N-S Trail Hike!  We’ll meet on Ocean Ave. near Merrick Road (on the west side of Massapequa Lake), then leave some cars and drive the rest to Cold Spring Harbor, where we’ll hike the full length of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail; bring water, lunch, trail snacks, and determination; must be willing and able to hike as a group and keep a relatively fast pace; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; take NY 135 to the last exit, Merrick Road east; 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. 27—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Apr. 29—MUTTONTOWN NORTH AND SOUTH:           

9:00 AM – 5 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; rain cancels; bring water.

Sat. May 2—PRESERVE TO PRESERVE WALK:

            9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy – varied – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884, before 9:00 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.), parking area south of Riverhead traffic circle, left turn 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 north on C.R. 63; continue 1.3 miles to D.E.C. parking area on your right; look for DEC brown sign; rain cancels.

Sat. May 2—ON THE EDGES OF CAUMSETT:

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

We’ll be “livings on the edge” as we hike the perimeter of the park; weather permitting we can also hit the beach; rain cancels; bring water and snack;  by now the parking lot will be paved and we can meet near the booth.  from NY 25 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 proceed thru Huntington to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Pass.

Sun. May 3—COLD SPRING HARBOR OUT AND BACK: 

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

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; 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.

Mon. May 4—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. May 6—CALEB SMITH PLUS:

9:00 AM – 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.

Sat. May 9—LOST ROADS OF THE PINES:  

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – very fast – varied terrain – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.
Check out some atmospheric 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; this early in the season, the old roads won’t be so woefully overgrown; 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, upper end of Field 1); strong walkers, please; the pace is tough, with only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; adverse weather cancels, so call or text that morning if un sure.

Sat. May 9—WERTHEIM WANDERINGS:

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

 Explore the spring bloom of a natural L.I. habitat, which includes marine bay, tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, salt marsh and much more; an easy-paced hike exploring two trails along the Carmans River; you can drop out after the first trail (3 miles); heavy rain will cancel; from L.I.E. Exit 68S or NY 27 Exit 58S, go south on William Floyd Pkwy. to Montauk Hwy.; turn right, then left at traffic light onto Smith Road; continue on Smith to Refuge entrance on the right; meet in front of visitor center.

Sun. May 10—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:

9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – mostly flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Explore the middle sections of the new Ray Corwin Trail from NY 25 to Longwood Road; rain cancels; bring water; meet in unpaved parking lot on south side of Longwood Road, west of William Floyd Pkwy. and east of C.R. 21, opposite Longwood Estate, for car shuttle to NY 25; if lot is closed, park on shoulder of Smith Road (traffic light just west of lot). E; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Mon. May 11—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. May 14—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 a 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 above the entrance booth; enjoy a chocolate when we take a rest!

Thurs. May 14—INDIAN ISLAND AMBLE:

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

Enjoy this Suffolk County park on the Peconic River; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 63, go north on C.R. 31 to a roundabout; continue north on C.R. 104 to C.R. 105; turn left and continue to park entrance; meet in parking lot; or from L.I.E. Exit 71, turn right onto NY 24, continue through Riverhead roundabout on 24 to C.R. 105; turn left to park.

Sat. May 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. May 16—EASTWARD HO:

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

     Let’s explore the eastern side of this vast preserve and get to see spring wildflowers; bring water and snack; rain cancels; meet in the main parking lot on the north side of Sunrise Highway; from the west take NY 27 to Exit 47A (Oakdale/Bohemia Rd.) and 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; perhaps lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum?

Sun. May 17—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 18—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. May 19—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 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.

Tues. May 19—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

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

Meet in Parking Lot 5 at the southeast corner and hike along the Burma Rd. to the boardwalks, going through Kismet and Saltaire and back along the beach; 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; parking fee or free with Empire Pass.

Sat. May 23—GRACE ESTATE AND GRASSY HOLLOW HIKE:

            9:30 AM – 4-1/2 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

You will look forward to this pretty springtime ramble, in the heart of historic Northwest Woods, in East Hampton; the remains of old farmsteads are interspersed with beautiful oak woods and some white pines, along historic old woods roads; the blue waters of Northwest Harbor and Scoy’s Pond will make cameo appearances; meet at the Northwest Schoolhouse plaque site, on Northwest Road, about 1/3 mile south of Alewife Brook Road; bring food & liquids.

Sat. May 23—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

10:00 AM – 3-4 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. 

Sun. May 24—No guided walk today.

Wed. May 27—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.       

Sun. May 31—TRAILVIEW 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 I-495 (L.I.E.) Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14E (NY 25, Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left, just east of the Stop and Shop.

Mon. June 1—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. June 2—MUTTONTOWN MEANDER:

              9:30 AM – 4-5 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 L.I.E. Exit 41 (NY 106) go north about 2 ½ miles past Muttontown Rd.; entrance is on left; from NY 25A, go south on NY 106  about ¾ mile and entrance will be on right.

Wed. June 3—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. 

Thurs. June 4—SOUTHAVEN STROLL:

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

Walk the pine barrens of this large Suffolk County park on the Carmans River; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 58 (William Floyd Pkwy.), go west on north service road (Victory Ave.) past the river to park entrance on right; from NY 27 Exit 57, go north to a right turn onto Victory Ave., just past cloverleaf, to park entrance on left.

Sat. June 6—JACOB’S FARM AND EAST SIDE TRAILS:

            9:30 AM – 3-1/2 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Rick, 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.

Enjoy the beautiful Jacob’s Farm trail loop, along with the brand-new East Side trail system, in the southern part of The Springs, East Hampton; the vegetation will be lush and green, and the walking delightful and easy; meet at the Jacob’s Farm roadside parking, on Red Dirt Road 1,000 feet east of Accabonac Road.  Distance: bring snacks and liquids. 

Sat. June 6—ROCKY POINT RAMBLE:

             9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy – varied – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884, before 9:00 PM.

This will be a loop walk on the Paumanok Path, Yellow and Red Trails of the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest; bring water and snack; meet at the D.E.C. parking lot on NY 25A, east of North Country Road and west of C.R. 21, across from Rolling Oaks Golf Course and Stop and Shop supermarket; rain cancels.

Sun. June 7— WOODBURY WALK:

1:00 PM – 3 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take an afternoon walk on the Nassau-Suffolk Trail from Washington Avenue to NY 25; a diverse section on rolling terrain; meet at Trail View St. Pk. parking lot on north side of NY 25, west of Woodbury Road, for car shuttle to Washington Avenue; rain cancels. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mon. June 8—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. June 9—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

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

Explore the wooded trails and some of the gardens of this beautiful arboretum; the greenhouses are also worth a visit; if you wish, let’s see if the café is open for lunch afterwards; 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; there may be a café open for lunch; meet in parking lot near entrance; possible parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. June 13—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. June 14—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..  

Mon. June 15—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. June 20—PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

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

A speedy walk in the Flanders Woods, westward from Spinney Road on the main Paumanok Path, crossing Pleasure Drive, then around the rough 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; strong walkers, please; the pace is tough, with only one quick stop for snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; adverse weather cancels - so call or text that morning if unsure.

Sat. June 20—WESTBROOK TO CONNETQUOT:

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

We will meet at the Westbrook Sports Complex and follow the L.I. Trail along West Brook to the catwalk under Sunrise Hwy. and  into Connetquot River State Park Preserve; we will stop at the hatchery for a restroom break; heavy rain will cancel; eastbound: take Southern State Pkwy. to Exit 45E; (Montauk Hwy.); continue east 1/2 mile to just past the LIRR overpass, and turn left (you’ll see baseball fields on left after turn); westbound: take NY 27 past Connetquot Park to Connetquot Avenue; go south to Union Blvd., then left to Montauk Hwy. and left again to overpass.

Sun. June 21—WESTWARD HO:

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

Take Dad for a hike as we go up the west side of Connetquot River State Park past the backyards of the neighboring houses, checking out the horses in the paddocks; hen we will head to Bunce’s Bridge and come back along the river’s edge and pick up the Red Trail; optional lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the west take Sunrise Highway Exit 47A and follow U-turn signs back west to park entrance; from the east, entrance is on your right; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport; heavy rain cancels.

Mon. June 22—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. June 24— CALEB SMITH WEEKDAY WALK:

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

Explore beautiful Caleb Smith State Park Preserve one of the great parks on our Long Island Trail; 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.

Sat. June 27—CAUMSETT CAPER:

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

Please join me on this exploration of the many side trails and great views from the cliffs of this beautiful park; bring water and snack;  from NY 25 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 proceed thru Huntington to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Pass; heavy rain cancels. 

Mon. June 29—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

                9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See Apr. 6 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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