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. 1—APRIL FOOL’S FIRST TRAINING HIKE:

8:30 AM – 12 miles – fast – flat – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Happy April Fool’s Day!  No, seriously! It’s a real hike! Start the training hikes for this year’s Hike for Life with this flat but brisk trek from Heckscher State Park Field 6; hike will go somewhere and eventually return to starting point; bring a good joke or story to share; hiking experience suggested; only extreme weather cancels; bring water and snacks; take Southern State Pkwy east to end in Heckscher State Park; meet at Field 6 near comfort stations.  E:
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Sun. Apr. 2—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…my GPS says it is over 2,000’ total elevation gain and loss, so 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; the early spring views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; 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.

Sun. Apr. 2—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. Apr. 3—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL 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 this 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..

Wed. Apr. 5—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. Apr. 5—WERTHEIM’S WHITE OAK TRAIL:

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

Enjoy an afternoon walk from the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge visitor center down the west side of the Carmans River and back on the White Oak Trail; fine views; rain cancels; take William Floyd Parkway (Exit 68 off L.I.E. or Exit 58 off NY 27) south to Montauk Highway, west about 1 mile to Smith Road (light), then left onto Smith Road to park headquarters and entrance on right.

Sat. Apr. 8—WELWYN PRESERVE WALK:

10:00 AM – 2-3 miles – easy – Info: Joe, 516-334-0076.

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. 8—BELLOWS TO BAY AND BACK:

9:00 AM – about 6.75 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Lee, 516-659-7130.

Join hike leaders Lee and George as they hike through the rolling terrain of Sears Bellows Park from Bellows Pond to Sears Pond and beyond to the shore of Flanders Bay for lunch; return to start, passing historic Black Duck Lodge; this walk combines natural and human history; bring lunch and water as well as a beverage of choice to share with others (as usual)! Steady rain cancels; call if in doubt; meet at parking lot of Sears Bellows County Park in Hampton Bays; park entrance about a mile south of NY 24 off Bellows Rd., which is 1.5 miles north of Exit 65, NY27.

Sat. Apr. 8—GREAT RIVER TO CONNETQUOT PARK AND BACK:

9:00AM­ – 6 miles ­– moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

A horse racetrack, a golf course and a dairy farm on or near the trail? Where were they and what’s there now? Learn about the answers on a walk with stops along the way for explaining the answers and photos taken from airplanes; rain may cancel or modify; call AM of hike to check if bad weather is forecast; bring water; meet at Great River train station; Southern State Pkwy. to Exit 44E (NY 27), then right (south) on Connetquot Ave. to station; park in south parking lot.

Sun. Apr. 9—LOWER GREENBELT GREAT RIVER ROMP:

8:30 AM – 16 miles – fast – flat – Info: Shari, 516-721-022.3
Fun training hike from Heckscher State Park, going north through parts of Connetquot State Park, and back; option to do 10 mile partial hike; hiking experience recommended; bring water and snacks; only extreme weather cancels; meet at Great River LIRR Station parking lot (NY 27, then south on Connetquot Ave. to station).  E:
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Sun. Apr. 9—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:

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

Join me as we hike the fields and wooded trails of my favorite park; catch the beauty of Long Island Sound from the top of the cliffs; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd. which becomes West Neck Rd. in Huntington, continue 6 miles to entrance on left; from east take NY 110 north to NY 25A, turn left to West Neck Rd., turn right and continue for 6 miles to entrance on left.

Mon. Apr. 10—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Sat. Apr. 15—TRAIL VIEW TO COLD SPRING HARBOR AND BACK:

8:30 AM – 12 miles – fast – hilly –  Info: Tammy, 631-896-1409, between 6-9 PM. 

Do an out-and-back from the Trail View Parking Lot all the way to Cold Spring Harbor Library and back to help get ready for the May 21 Hike For Life, or if you just want a good workout in the woods; bring water, lunch, and trail snacks; hiking pole recommended; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14 E (NY 25) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop ’n Shop.

Sun. Apr. 16—EASTER HOP-ALONG:

8:45 AM – 5 ½ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Hike around Stump Pond in Blydenburgh Park; meet at north entrance of park (directions at top of schedule); rain may cancel; call AM of hike if unsure; bring water.

Sun. Apr. 16—SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

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

We will bunny hop 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.

Mon. Apr. 17—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

 

Tues. Apr. 18—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

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

We will meet at the southeast corner of Robert Moses S.P. Parking Lot 5 and hike along the Burma Road 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 Parking Lot 5. 

Wed. Apr. 19—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.

Fri. Apr. 21—WHITMAN WANDERINGS:

10:00 AM – 3.7 miles – fast – hilly ­– Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Join us for an invigorating circuit around West Hills County Park, including a stop at Jayne’s Hill; our route may involve a detour if West Hills Park has a partial closure for dumping cleanup; bring water, rain cancels; from L.I.E. Exit 49 or No. St. Pkwy. Exit 40, go north on NY 110 one mile north of the parkway; make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Rd. and another left opposite the Walt Whitman Birthplace onto West Hills Rd.; make another left onto Reservoir Rd. and continue to its end.

Sat. Apr. 22—NISSEQUOGUE RIVER TO SUNKEN MEADOW:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486.

Hike the along shoreline to Sunken Meadow, then return on a hilly bluff and enjoy the awesome view of the Nissequogue River and .LI. Sound; bring water and food; rain cancels; meet at Nissequogue River State Park; 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; free parking; joint hike with NHOC. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sat. Apr. 22—JANICE WHALEN MEMORIAL HIKE:

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

Long-time hike leader Rick Whalen will lead this hike in the scenic Bell Estate and Stony Hill areas of Amagansett, through woods and farmland, in memory of his late wife Janice; this will be the last hike Rick leads for an undetermined time; meet at Balsam Farms farmstand on Town Lane, Amagansett, opposite Windmill Lane, for carpool to the hike start point; participants are invited to bring flowers; RAIN DATE (in case of significant rain) Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 PM. 

Sun. Apr. 23—LEAVE THE LOLLYGAGGING FROM LAKELAND FOR LATER:

8:45 AM – 18 miles – fast – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Another training hike in preparation for Hike for Life, this trek starts at Lakeland County Park, heads north to NY 347, back south through Connetquot State Park to the fish hatchery, and returns back to Lakeland; hiking experience suggested; bring water and snacks; 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:
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Mon. Apr. 24—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Sat. Apr. 29—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. Apr. 29—LOST ROADS OF THE PINES:

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

Experienced hikers, please; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; a fast training hike for the Hike for Life; 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; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thor-ough 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); severely adverse weather 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..

Sat. Apr. 29—CONNETQUOT RAMBLE:  

11:00 AM – 7 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631 223-3427.

We will hike up the west side of the park past the backyards of the neighboring houses, checking out the horses in the paddocks; then we will head to Bunce’s Bridge, come back along the river edge and pick up the Red Trail; perhaps go to lunch at Bayard Cutting Arboretum afterwards? Heavy rain cancels; meet in main parking lot; north side of NY 27 (fee, or free with Empire Passport); from the west take Sunrise Highway (NY 27) Exit 47A, Oakdale/Bohemia Rd, and follow U-turn sign to go west on NY 27 to entrance on right; from east park entrance is on right past Oakdale/Bohemia Rd. 

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Sun. Apr. 30—NASSAU-SUFFOLK TRAIL OR BUST: 

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

Celebrate the trail’s 30th Anniversary with an epic tour; also great as a Hike for Life training hike; we’ll meet on Ocean Ave. near Merrick Road, 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; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; take NY 135 south to its end at  Merrick Road; head east about a mile and make a left onto Ocean Ave just before the lake; park on Ocean close to Merrick Rd.

Mon. May 1—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

      9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

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Sat. May 6—I LOVE MY PARKS DAY

I Love My Parks Day is sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. We will take part in an event to spruce up one of our State Parks. OPRHP had not released a schedule of events at press time. Look for an email as the event nears, and look for updates on our website, Facebook page and Meetup.

Sat. May 6—FIRE ISLAND FROLIC:

8:15 AM – 12 + miles – fast – flat – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.

Start at Robert Moses State Park Field 5 and head past the lighthouse into the many scenic communities of Fire Island; fast training hike on sandy trails and beach to prepare for the sandy sections of Hike for Life; great time to explore the area before the seasonal crowds; hiking experience recommended; bring water and snacks; meet at southeast corner of Parking Field 5; possible parking fee without Empire Pass. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. May 7—CONNETQUOT TRAIL RIDE AND HIKE:

                10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Enjoy beautiful Connetquot State Park Preserve as the Friends of Connetquot host their Annual Trail Ride/Hike fundraiser ($30 prepaid, $40 at the gate);  we’ll walk from the entrance to Bunce’s Bridge 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); to register, download form at www.friendsofconnetquot.org, under “Events.”

Mon. May 8—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Wed. May 10— 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 and it better not snow; bring water.     

Sat. May 13— 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 Pkwy. 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 13—TRAIL VIEW TO COLD SPRING HARBOR AND BACK:

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

Do an out-and-back from the Trail View Parking Lot all the way to Cold Spring Harbor Library and back to help get ready for the May 21 Hike for Life, or if you just want a good workout in the woods; bring water, lunch, and trail snacks; hiking pole recommend-ed; heavy rain cancels, light rain does not; call morning of hike if unsure; from L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 north toward Syosset; take Exit 14 E (NY 25) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop ’n Shop.

Sat. May 13—SARNOFF STOMP: 

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

Experienced hikers, please, for a fast pace with only one quick stop for snacks; one week before the Hike for Life, keep the legs strong and spirit ready with a fast several 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; 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); severely adverse weather cancels – but call or text to be sure! E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. May 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..

 

Mon. May 15—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Thurs. May 18—CONNETQUOT LOOP #1:

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

Let's take a weekday walk up to the fish hatchery, possibly feeding some of the trout, then continue onto and over Bunce's Bridge, returning past the Main Pond; heavy rain cancels; from the west take Sunrise Highway (NY 27) Exit 47A, Oakdale/Bohemia Rd, and follow U-turn sign to go west on NY 27 to park entrance on right; fFrom east park entrance is on right past Oakdale/Bohemia Rd.; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sat. May 20—TRAIL CENTER LOOP:

9:30 AM – 5 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950. 

Hike a beautiful trail starting at the Greenbelt Trails Information Center, connecting to the Paumanok Path and looping back; rain cancels; bring water and bug spray; from L.I.E. Exit 70, go north to the Trail Info parking lot1/4 mile on the right.

Sat. May 20—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:   

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

We will explore the wooded trails and open field 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; meet in parking lot near entrance; bring water and snack; there is usually a café open for lunch; heavy rains cancels. 

Sat. May 20—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM RHODODENDRON WALK:

11:00 AM – 3-4 miles –easy – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486.

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 Pkwy. 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.

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Sun. May 21—HIKE FOR LIFE 2017:  

7:00 AM – 28 miles – challenging – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223

Noon – 11 miles – moderate to fast – varied

2:30 PM – 5 miles – moderate – flat

   2:45 PM – 3 miles – easy – flat

Eleventh annual hike event for the NY Blood Center;  completely redesigned logistics, still four levels of hikes to maximize participation; all hikes register, start, and end at Heckscher State Park Field 6; hikers, hike leaders, sweeps, car drivers , and other volunteers are needed; individual pledges and corporate sponsorship encouraged;  for 28 miles, experienced, long-distance hikers only, please, for a fast out and back on the southern portion of our LI Trail; hike begins and ends at Field 6, Heckscher St. Pk.;  11 mile option meets at Heckscher State Park Field 6, with bus transport to starting point in time to join distance hikers for 11 mile trek;  5 mile option will loop around within Heckscher State Park’s trails;  shorter, completely family-friendly, all-inclusive and “accessible” 3 mile walk meets at Field 6 and will stay on flat paved paths within Heckscher State Park for afternoon views along the Great South Bay. 

                Register online for all hikes at www.nybc.org/hikeforlife.  

                For questions about the event or hikes, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; like us on Facebook page “Hike for Life LI.”

Mon. May 22—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Sat. May 27—CAUMSETT EXPLORATION:

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

We will explore many of the lesser-known trails and venturing onto the beach to get a great feel for this extraordinary park; seeing the cliffs from the beach is awesome; bring your camera, as the cliff swallows may be back; 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 another 6 miles to park on your left; from the east go North on NY 110 to NY 25A in Huntington; turn left (west) to West Neck Road; turn right for 6 miles; meet in parking lot near booth; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sun. May 28—No guided hikes today. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Wed. May 31—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. June 3PLEASURE FROM BOTH SIDES:

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

Keep up the good vibes from the Hike for Life with a speedy walk in the Flanders Woods, westward from Spinney Road, crossing Pleasure Drive, around the blue loop and back again; fast pace with only one quick stop for snacks; bring water and snacks; please spray your clothes against ticks and plan to do a thorough tick check when you get home; 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; seriously adverse weather cancels, so call or text to be sure!  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sat. June 3—CONNETQUOT LOOP #2:

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

This time we will walk up the Red Trail, cross over to the fish hatchery, go up to Bunce’s Bridge and down the west side; heavy rain cancels; meet in the main parking lot on the north side of NY 27; fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; optional short drive to Bayard Cutting Arboretum for lunch afterwards; from the west take Sunrise Highway (NY 27) Exit 47A, Oakdale/Bohemia Rd, and follow U-turn sign to go west on NY 27 to park entrance on right; from east park entrance is on right past Oakdale/Bohemia Rd. 

Sun. June 4—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 5—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Wed. June 7—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 10, Sun. June 11—Our volunteer leaders are taking the weekend off! Take a friend and explore a favorite trail.

Mon. June 12—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Thurs. June 15—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:   

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

We will take a short walk on the paved paths and then go into the woods for a rolling to hilly hike; afterwards we can check out the greenhouse and have coffee or tea and lunch in the café if it’s open; this is a wonderful place to spend a few hours “smelling the roses” too; bring water; meet in main parking lot near entrance; fee or free with Empire Passport; 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. 

Fri. June 16—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 Long Island, with extremely rewarding view of the harbor and many ups and downs on the way to NY 108 and back; meet at Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trailhead on Harbor Road (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water; rain cancels.

Sat. June 17— 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. June 17— 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…my GPS says it is over 2,000’ total elevation gain and loss, so 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; the early spring views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; 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.

Sun. June 18—HECKSCHER RAMBLE:

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

We will do a leisurely - mile loop in the park; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; take Southern State Pkwy. east to its end at the park (toll, or free with Empire Passport); meet at Field 6 near comfort station; heavy rain cancels.

Mon. June 19—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

Tues. June 20—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

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

Explore the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; 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. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. June 21— 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. June 24—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

10:00 AM – 5.2 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

A pine barrens walk to Sandy and Grassy Ponds and a little beyond, viewing burn areas from the 2012 wildfire, then returning on the same route; bring water; rain cancels; meet at Pine Trail Preserve parking lot, NY 25, 6/10 mile east of Wm. Floyd Pkwy. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. June 25—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:

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

We will be hiking many of the little]-used side trails and maybe even find a new one; the views from the cliff walks are fabulous, so bring a camera if you want to; 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 another 6 miles to park on your left; from the east go North on NY 110 to NY 25A in Huntington; turn left (west) to West Neck Road; turn right for 6 miles; meet in parking lot near booth; fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Mon. June 26—PINE BARRENS MONDAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

9:30 AM – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884. See April 3 for details.

 

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