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:

Mon. Sept. 11—PINE BARRENS MONDAY MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. Join the Monday Crew and help clip back and clear trails; a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays; dependent upon weather and leader availability. To receive e-mail notification of location and details for each week’s activity call Janet or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. (about 5-6 blocks); turn left; park entrance on right; rain cancels, bring water.  

Sat. Sept. 16—PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY DAY: A full day of fun, including hikes, at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, courtesy of the Pine Barrens Commission. 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. 

Mon. Sept. 18—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. Join the Monday Crew and help clip back and clear trails; a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays; dependent upon weather and leader availability. To receive e-mail notification of location and details for each week’s activity call Janet or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Mon. Sept. 25—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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—NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY:

                9:00 AM – To register, call 516-249-3560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 27.

Join us as we give something back by improving trails in Bethpage State Park; stay for a thank-you barbecue after; see page 6 for more information.

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.  

Sat. Sept. 30—NISSEQUOGUE RIVER TO SUNKEN MEADOW:

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

Hike along shoreline to Sunken Meadow, then return on the hilly bluffs with an awesome view of the Nissequogue River and L.I. Sound; bring water and food; rain cancels; meet at Nissequogue River State Park in front of Park Office; from Sunken Meadow Pkwy. Exit SM4, head east on Pulaski Rd., which changes into Old Dock Rd.; at the 5th traffic light make a right onto St. Johnland Rd.; park entrance is about 1/2 mile on the 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..

Sun. Oct. 1—GREENBELT HIKE NUMBER 6,000:

                1:00 PM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied –Info, Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Help us celebrate another milestone as we lead the Greenbelt Trail Conference’s six thousandth guided hike, a circuit of the Stump Pond Loop in Blydenburgh County Park; meet outside the Greenbelt Office (directions at top of hike schedule); bring water; rain or shine, but heavy rain may shorten hike; refreshments at the Blydenburgh-Weld House after the hike.

Mon. Oct. 2—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Oct. 4—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. Oct. 7—TRAIL WORK OUTING:

9:30 AM – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Join Bill Raftery on a project to install new waterbars on the Nassau-Suffolk Trail in Cold Spring Harbor State Park; meet in the parking lot of Cold Spring Harbor library, NY 25A, north of NY 108 (do not park in the lower dirt parking at the trailhead).

Sat. Oct. 7—STUMP POND PLUS CALEB SMITH:

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

Hike around beautiful L-shaped Stump Pond in Blydenburgh County Park; drop out after 6 miles, or if you wish continue to explore Caleb Smith State Park; bring water and food; rain cancels; directions 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. Oct. 7—SHU SWAMP SAUNTER:

                10:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – varied – Info: Joe, 516-334-0076.

Explore a delightful preserve in Mill Neck, on Nassau County’s north shore; from NY 106-107 exits of L.I.E. or Northern State Pkwy., go north on NY 106 into Oyster Bay; turn left onto West Main St., bear left onto Mill Hill Rd., continue straight onto Oyster Bay Rd., right onto Beaver Brook Rd., right onto Frost Mill Rd. to preserve; rain cancels.

Sat. Oct. 7—A HIKE FOR CHARLOTTE:  

9:45 AM – 5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.                           

A hike in remembrance of Charlotte Brouwer, a great hike leader and friend who lost her battle with cancer this summer; please wear pink and being your favorite Charlotte story; hike from Westbrook Sports up to the hatchery in Connetquot Park and back; heavy rain cancels; eastbound, take Southern State Pkwy. Exit 45E, continue east on Montauk highway through traffic signal, then approximately 1/2 mile to LIRR bridge; turn left after bridge into sports complex; westbound, take NY 27 past the “Oakdale Merge,” stay on service road to Heckscher Pkwy. (Southern State) southbound; take Heckscher to Exit 45E and continue as above; park at bottom of hill.

Sun. Oct. 8— 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 tennis courts and playground (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..

Mon. Oct. 9— Columbus Day – No Pine Barrens Maintenance.

Wed. Oct. 11—INDIAN ISLAND EXPLORATION:

1:30 PM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590, before 8 PM.

Walk a beautiful county park at the mouth of the Peconic River; foul weather cancels; look for park entrance signs on C.R. 105 on north side of river.

Thurs. Oct. 12—FIRE ISLAND WEEKDAY WALK:

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

Meet at the southeast corner of Robert Moses State Park Field 5 for a hike along the Burma Rd. to the boardwalks, going through the little communities 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 Field 5. 

Sat. Oct. 14—MUTTONTOWN MARCH:

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

Enjoy this Nassau County Preserve; meet at nature center parking lot; from NY 25A, one block west of NY 106, go south on Muttontown Lane (opposite gas station) to park entrance; rain cancels; bring water.     

Sat. Oct. 14—PRE-CHILI DINNER HIKE:

                3:00 PM – 4.6 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.  

Hike our Long Island Trail from NY 111 to Hunt’s Pond Marsh and back; all welcome on the hike; if you have tickets for the Chili Dinner, it’ll be right around the corner at Brush Barn; meet at southwest corner of shopping center parking lot (near Uncle Giuseppe’s) on NY 111 just south of NY 25 (Main St., Smithtown); rain cancels.            

Sat. Oct. 14—CHILI DINNER AND SQUARE DANCE:

6:00 PM – Limit 100 guests; Tickets: go to website, https://tinyurl.com/yd9leznt.

Join us for a great time at the return of an old Greenbelt tradition, the Chili Dinner and Square Dance; $30 per person; get your tickets early! Dinner is 6-8:00 PM with dancing to follow; Brush Barn is on the north side of NY 25 between NY 11 and Terry Road, behind Epenetus Smith Tavern; see page one for details; see page 15 for raffle tickets.

Sun. Oct. 15—CENTRAL NASSAU STRETCH:

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

Hike from Jericho Turnpike to Bethpage State Park and back.

Meet at the Trail View State Park parking lot on NY 25 next to the Stop ’n Shop; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels, call AM of hike to check if weather is iffy.

Sun. Oct. 15—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; 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.

Mon. Oct. 16—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Oct. 21—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 Loop, and then a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail; bring water and snacks; fast pace, only one quick stop for 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/west end of Field 1); heavy rain cancels - so call or text to be sure! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Oct. 21—COLORFUL CONNETQUOT:

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

 Explore the eastern side of this vast preserve and enjoy some fall color; lunch afterwards at nearby Bayard Cutting Arboretum if you wish; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27 (fee, or free with Empire Passport); from the west, take NY 27 Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., and follow signs for U-turn to park; from the east, take NY 27 and follow signs for park entrance on right; heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Oct. 22—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:

9:00 AM – 7 miles – easy – varied – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk the recently-blazed Ray Corwin Trail from the Paumanok Path to downtown Yaphank through pine barrens in the Carmans River basin; rain cancels; bring water and snack; meet in town parking lot next to Yaphank F.D.; from L.I.E. Exit 66, go north on Sills Road to end, turn right, and right again after lake onto C.R. 21; continue to F.D. lot on left.

Mon. Oct. 23—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Oct. 24—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; also 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); some road walking at beginning and end of hike. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Oct. 25—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. Oct. 28—TERRELL RIVER WALK:

                9:30 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950.

Enjoy a popular walk from Montauk Highway to Moriches Bay in this Suffolk County Park; entrance is on the south side of Montauk Highway (C.R. 85), east of Belleview Avenue, Center Moriches and opposite Kaler’s Pond Park, which has additional parking.  

Sat. Oct. 28—OPEN MEMBERS’ MEETING EAST:

10:00 AM – Sachem Library 

Join us to hear the latest doings on the Greenbelts and give us your feedback; guest speaker Tim Green from Brookhaven National Laboratory; refreshments will be served; Sachem Library is at 150 Holbrook Road, between Portion Road and the L.I.E.

Sun. Oct. 29—CAUMSETT CAPER

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

Explore many of the lesser-known trails and go on the beach to get a great feel for this extraordinary park; seeing the cliffs from the beach is awesome; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; from NY 25, go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Road north of NY 25A (Main St., Huntington); continue 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 (fee, or free with Empire Pass).

Mon. Oct. 30—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Nov. 1—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. Nov. 4—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. Nov. 4—CONNETQUOT OUT AND BACK:

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

Hike to the fish hatcher, then up to and past Bunce's Bridge, and back to Main Pond; lunch afterwards at nearby Bayard Cutting Arboretum if you wish; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27 (fee, or free with Empire Passport); from the west, take NY 27 Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., and follow signs for U-turn to park; from the east, take NY 27 and follow signs for park entrance on right; heavy rain cancels.

¸ Standard Time returns at 2:00 AM Nov. 5.   ¸

Sun. Nov. 5—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; 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 Cold Spring Harbor, in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.

Mon. Nov. 6—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Nov. 8—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; if you don’t want to do it all, there are opportunities to drop out early; meet in parking lot; from L.I.E. Exit 49, go north on NY 110 to NY 25A (Main St., Huntington); go left 3 lights, then turn right on West Neck Rd.; continue about 6 miles to park entrance on left; bring water; rain cancels.       

Sat. Nov. 11—STUMP POND CIRCULAR “CHOCOLATE” HIKE:

1:00 PM – 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; enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

Sun. Nov. 12—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:

 10:30 AM – 4 to 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 (or there is usually a café open for lunch); meet in parking lot near entrance; heavy rain cancels.   

Mon. Nov. 13—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Nov. 14— 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..

Fri. Nov. 17—CAUMSETT WEEKDAY CAPER:  

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

Explore the many side trails and great views from the cliffs at this beautiful park; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; from NY 25, go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Road north of NY 25A (Main St., Huntington); continue 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 (fee, or free with Empire Pass).

Sat. Nov. 18—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; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area (LIE eastbound to exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto C.R.  24; stay on 24 straight through the traffic circle in Riverhead, head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, about eight miles from the Expressway); heavy rain cancels - so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Nov. 18—WERTHEIM WANDERINGS:

10:30 AM – 5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

Enjoy the remaining fall colors in a varied habitat which includes marine bay, tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, salt marsh and much more; explore two trails along the Carmans River; you can drop out after the first trail (3 miles) if you wish; heavy rain cancels;  from L.I.E. Exit 68 or NY 27 Exit 58, go south on C.R. 46, William Floyd Pkwy., to C.R. 80, Montauk Hwy.; go west (right) to first traffic light; turn left onto Smith Rd. Refuge entrance is on right after you cross the LIRR tracks and pass the service entrance.

Sun. Nov. 19—HECKSCHER TRAIL WORK OUTING:

9:00 AM – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Join Bill Raftery and help clear a section of the L.I. Trail in Heckscher State Park; meet in Field 1 at park HQ; bring water, work gloves, loppers, pruners and a weed whacker if you have one.

Mon. Nov. 20—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tues. Nov. 21— 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. Nov. 25—LAKELAND OUT AND BACK:

9:00 AM – 11 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Hike from Lakeland County Park into Connetquot State Park Preserve and back; flat terrain makes this a good hike for those who want to increase their walking distance; meet at Lakeland County Park; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go south on Old Nichols Road to Johnson Ave., turn left and proceed about 1 mile to park on the right; from L.I.E. Exit 59, go south to Johnson Avenue, turn right and continue to park on the left past Terry Road; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; call AM of hike if unsure.

Sun. Nov. 26—TRAIL VIEW OUT AND BACK: 

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

We will do an out-and-back from the Trail View parking lot to NY 108 and back; bring water and trail snacks; hiking pole is optional; heavy rain may cancel, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure.; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; use Exit 14E for NY 25 toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of Stop ’n Shop.

Mon. Nov. 27—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Nov. 29—SOUTHAVEN SAUNTER:

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

Take a weekday afternoon walk in this Suffolk County park along the Carmans River; bad weather or footing cancels; from NY 27 Exit 57N, turn right onto Victory Ave. and continue to park entrance on left just past Gerard Rd.; meet in parking lot.

Sat. Dec. 2—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

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; meet in the parking lot.

Sat. Dec. 2—STUMP POND CIRCULAR “CHOCOLATE” HIKE:

1:00 PM – 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; enjoy a chocolate snack when we take a rest!

Sun. Dec. 3—HILLS & ROCKS:

9:00 AM – 7-8 miles – moderate to difficult – hilly – Info: Lee, 516-659-7130.

Hike leaders Lee and George will traverse the central Manorville Hills to see historic Hunters Garden and lots of hills, including the highest point in the area, 300-foot Bald Hill, as well as plenty of glacial erratics such as The Block, The Spire, Split Rock and the Boulder Field; as usual, bring lunch and the beverage of your choice as we enjoy a day in the woods; some marked trail, some rougher unmarked trails; there may be some bushwhacking as well; rain cancels; meet on the north/west side of C. R. 51 where an unpaved road is closed by a yellow gate, 1.4 miles east of Speonk-Riverhead Rd. coming from the east. From the west, it’s 1.9 miles east of C.R. 111 opposite a sign for Northampton. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Dec. 3—CONNETQUOT CENTRAL:

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

Hike the center section of the park and branch off along the horse trails to the east and back to see Main Pond; lunch afterwards at nearby Bayard Cutting Arboretum if you wish; bring water and snack; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side of NY 27 (fee, or free with Empire Passport); from the west, take NY 27 Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., and follow signs for U-turn to park; from the east, take NY 27 and follow signs for park entrance on right; heavy rain cancels.

Mon. Dec. 4—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Dec. 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.

Sat. Dec. 9—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; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; meet at Sears-Bellows Park parking lot, on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays (NY 27 to Exit 65N for NY 24; take 24 north, then left turn at traffic light onto Bellows Pond Road; park will be on the right); heavy rain cancels - so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Dec. 10—ANNUAL HOLIDAY HIKE AND OPEN HOUSE:

                9:00 AM – 8 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Hike from Blydenburgh County Park to Sweetbriar Farm and back; meet in parking lot of Blydenburgh (see directions at top of schedule); bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels, call AM of hike if unsure; stay for our Holiday Open House after the hike, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM; fun, friendship and refreshments; don’t miss it!

Mon. Dec. 11—PINE BARRENS MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet 631-288-6884. See Sept. 18 for details. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. Dec. 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. Dec. 16—CAUMSETT ON THE EDGE:

10:30AM – 6 to 7 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631 223-3427.

This time let's hike the periphery of this, my favorite park; pass the horses in the paddocks, walk the beach and see the backyards of the neighboring houses; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; from NY 25, go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Road north of NY 25A (Main St., Huntington); continue 6 miles to park on your left; from the east go north on NY 110 to NY 25A in Huntington; turn left to West Neck Road; turn right for 6 miles; meet in parking lot near booth (fee, or free with Empire Pass).

Sat. Dec. 16—GREAT SOUTH BAY PLUS BAYARD ARBORETUM:

10:45 AM – 6 or 9 miles – moderate – flat with ½ mile beach walk –

 Info: Quyen (Quinn,) 631-234-5486; day of hike cell 631-521-5103.

Hike to a fantastic view of the Great South Bay in Heckscher State Park; drop out after 6 miles, or if you wish continue to explore the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum; bring water and lunch; rain or snow cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; Southern State Parkway to Exit 45E, Montauk Highway east; make a left at first light, Connetquot Avenue, and drive about 1/2 mile to station; park on south side; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Dec. 17—LAKELAND TO WESTBROOK:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9494.

Bid autumn farewell on a hike through diverse Lakeland and pristine Connetquot Parks; bring water; bad weather 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 turn left at Wheeler Rd.; park at the bottom of the hill. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Dec. 20—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.     

Wed. Dec. 20—CALVERTON PONDS PROWL:

1:30 PM – 3 miles + – easy – flat – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590, before 8 PM.

See three pine barrens ponds in the Peconic Ponds chain, with an option for two more; meet at Calverton Ponds parking area on Old River Road; from L.I.E. Exit 70, go north on C.R. 111 to end; turn right, cross tracks, and turn right at end of road; bear left onto Wading River Manor Rd., continue to Old River Rd. and turn right; continue to parking on left; rain or bad footing cancels.

Thurs. Dec. 21— PLANTING FIELDS HOLIDAY WALK:

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

We will explore the wooded trails and some of the gardens of this beautiful arboretum; afterwards, if you wish, stay to 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; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; heavy rain cancels. 

Wed. Dec. 27— COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

10:00 AM –4.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Not for beginners!  Easily one of the toughest hikes on L.I.  with extremely rewarding view of the harbor and many ups and downs on the way to NY 108 and back; bring your camera in case the Christmas elf has again decorated trees on the route; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water; snow or ice cancels.

Sat. Dec. 30— TRAIL VIEW OUT AND BACK: 

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

We will do an out-and-back from the Trail View parking lot to NY 108 and back; bring water and trail snacks; hiking pole is optional; heavy rain may cancel, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure.; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; use Exit 14E for NY 25 toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of Stop ’n Shop.

Sun. Dec. 31—HECKSCHER LOOP:

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

Close out the year with a leisurely loop in Heckscher State Park; if it’s muddy, we’ll stick to paved paths; meet at Parking Filed 6 near the playground; take Southern State Parkway eastbound to its end at the park entrance; possible parking fee.

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