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. Feb. 10—SARNOFF STOMP: 

9:00 AM – 14 miles – quite fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

A fast out-and-back, featuring Wildwood Lake, the Red and the Yellow Loops, a bit more on the Pine Barrens Trail to 104 – then back again; bring water and snacks; meet at Suffolk Community College, Eastern Campus Parking Field 1 (NY 27 to Exit 61, take C. R. 51 toward Riverhead, go 4.5 miles to right turn at Speonk-Riverhead Road (sign for college), then right turn onto campus, quick left at welcome sign, quick right to top end of Field 1); 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..

Sun. Feb. 11—PINE TRAIL PROWL:

10:00 AM – 5.2 miles – easy to moderate – flat –

Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Take 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; foul weather or bad footing 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..

Wed. Feb. 14—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; rain or icy footing cancels; look for park entrance signs on C.R. 105 on north side of Peconic River; meet in parking lot.

Sat. Feb. 17—SANS SOUCI STROLL:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – mostly flat –Info: Ken, 631-879-3602 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leisurely explore two trails in the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; heavy rain or icy conditions cancels; meet at park entrance on Broadway Avenue; eastbound, take NY 27 to Exit 50, continue on 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. Feb. 17—LUNAR NEW YEAR HIKE:

8:45 AM – 5.75 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Winter is a great time to hike the Stump Pond Loop in Blydenburgh Park; heavy snow cancels; call AM of hike if unsure; bring water;

Meet in parking lot of Blydenburgh (directions at top of schedule).

Sun. Feb. 18—PRESIDENTS’ PERAMBULATION:

                1:00 PM – 3.3 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Celebrate the long weekend with an afternoon walk from, appropriately, Washington Avenue in Plainview to Bethpage State Park; rain, snow or icy conditions cancels; meet at west end of picnic area parking lot at Bethpage Park for car shuttle; take Bethpage Pkwy. north to traffic circle, go ¾ around, continue to entrance to picnic area road; or NY 135 south to Powell Ave. exit, then left across highway to entrance. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. Feb. 22— WERTHEIM WINTER WEEKDAY WALK:

 9:30 AM – 3.5 miles – easy – flat – Info, Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Visit this beautiful National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, walking the west side of the Carmans River to a great viewpoint and returning to the Visitor Center; 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; rain, snow or bad footing cancels. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Sat. Feb. 24—LAKELAND TO CONNETQUOT:

10:30 AM – 8 or 5 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486; day of hike cell: 631-521-5103.

A great winter hike through the lovely preserve; walk along the river to the hatchery and back; bring water, food; wear hiking boots; rain or snow cancels; for 8 miles meet 10:30 AM at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park); for 5 miles meet 10:50 AM at trail crossing on NY 454, just east of Connetquot Ave.; park off pavement on south side of road and wait inside gate; meeting time of 5 miles is approximate, pending arrival of first group; we'll wait; joint hike with NHOC.

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Sun. Feb. 25—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILLS AND LOOP:

                9:00 AM – 4.8 miles – moderate – 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 ft. total elevation gain and loss; we’ll head to NY 108, taking the Uplands West Loop, which should add about one-half mile to the trip, then return using the more direct route; the winter views of the harbor along the way are gorgeous; bring water and trail snacks; a hiking pole is recommended; heavy rain or snow cancels, light rain or snow 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. Feb. 25—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:

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

Weather permitting, I plan to take Fisherman's Drive up to the beach and hike the beach in both directions; if too cold or windy we'll stick to the forest trails; if the footing is not good we will stick to the paved path; rain or heavy snow cancels; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot 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 to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left.   

Wed. Feb. 28—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 or snow cancels; bring water.     

Sat. Mar. 3—TERRELL RIVER WALK:

                9:30 AM – under 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950.

Hike this popular loop trail to several overlooks of Moriches Bay; bring water, snack and proper footwear; rain, snow or poor driving conditions cancel; meet in the Terrell River County Park parking lot on the south side of Montauk Highway (C.R. 80) across from Kaler’s Pond Park, where there is additional parking; park is located east of Railroad Avenue, Center Moriches.

Sun. Mar. 4—CONNETQUOT CAPER:

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

We'll hike to the fish hatchery, up to and past Bunce's Bridge, and back to Main Pond; bring water and snack; we can go to lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum if you like; meet in the main entrance parking lot on the north side on NY 27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the west take Sunrise Highway Exit 47A, follow signs for U turn to park; from the east park entrance is on NY 27 on your right; fee or free with Empire Passport; heavy rain cancels.   

Fri. Mar. 9— PLANTING FIELDS SPECIAL:

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

Let's take a hike on the wooded trails of this Long Island gem; we will do some of the hills and the open field while enjoying a brisk day; stay after the hike to see the greenhouses and Camellia House; from NY 25A in Brookville, go north on Wolver Hollow Rd.; make right onto Chicken Valley Rd. to right turn on Planting Fields Rd.; entrance is on the right; meet in parking lot closest to entrance; bring water; rain, snow or icy footing cancels, cold weather does not.

Sat. Mar. 10— 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 or snow cancels.

Sat. Mar. 10—SWEAT SEVENTEEN:

9:00 AM – approx.17 ½ miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

At a very quick pace we’ll leave from the Spinney Road parking area heading southwest on the Pine Barrens Trail, then up into the NYS lands for the Blue Loop, then back south for the notorious 3 Miles of Sand under the power lines eastward, then hook around Bellows Pond, and finally back northwest past Sears and Owl Ponds; bring water and snacks; meet at Spinney Road parking area (L.I.E. eastbound to Exit 71; at foot of exit, turn right onto C.R. 24; stay on 24 through the traffic circle in Riverhead, head for Hampton Bays; Spinney Road will be on the right, about eight miles from the Expressway); 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..

¸ Daylight Savings Time returns at 2:00 AM Mar. 11.   ¸

Sun. Mar. 11—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:

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 or snow cancels; bring water and snack; meet in parking lot 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 to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left.   

Wed. Mar. 14—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 or snow cancels.

Wed. Mar. 14—CALVERTON PONDS PLUS:

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

See pine barrens ponds in the Peconic Ponds chain, with an option to visit an old cranberry bog after; meet at the corner of Wading River-Manor and Schultz Roads; from NY 25, go south on Wading River-Manor road; from I-495, go north from Exit 69; rain or icy footing cancels.

Sat. Mar. 17—HECKSCHER EXPLORATION:

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

Meet at Heckscher State Park Field 6 near the comfort station; we will do a leisurely 4-mile loop in the park; if muddy we will stick to the paved path; take Southern State Parkway eastbound to its end at the park; follow loop road to Field 6; heavy rain or icy conditions cancels.

Sun. Mar. 18—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, snow or icy conditions 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. E; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wed. Mar. 21—SANS SOUCI SPRING SPECIAL:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Welcome spring while exploring two trails in the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; bring water; 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..

Sat. Mar. 24—CAUMSETT STATE PARK SPECIAL:

11:00 AM – 6 miles –­ moderate ­to brisk – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486; day of hike cell: 631-521-5103.

An interesting winter hike through meadows and woodland to an awesome view of fresh water pond against the backdrop scene of the L.I. Sound; then walk along the rocky shore with Connecticut on the horizon; bring water and lunch; rain or snow cancels from L.I. E. Exit 49, go north on NY 110 to NY 25A (Main Street); make a left and go 3 traffic lights, then right on West Neck Rd.; go about 6 miles to park entrance on left; free parking; joint hike with NHOC. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sun. Mar. 25—TRAIL VIEW TO COLD SPRING HARBOR AND BACK:

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

A great workout in the woods; 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 L.I.E. Exit 44N, merge onto NY 135 N toward Syosset; take Exit 14 E (NY 25 or Jericho Turnpike) toward Woodbury; continue to the Trail View parking lot on your left just east of the Stop ’n Shop.

Sun. Mar. 25—BIRTHDAY HIKE:

       8:45AM – 12 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Hike from Jericho Turnpike to Bethpage Park and back while leader celebrates 55; meet at the Trail View parking lot next to Stop ’n Shop. NY 25 west of Woodbury Rd.; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels; call AM of hike if weather is iffy.

Wed. Mar. 28—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.     

 

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