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.
Wed. Feb. 22—WALT WHITMAN IN WINTER:
10:00 AM – 3.8 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.
Join us and see if we can ‘see the sea’ from Jaynes Hill in winter as we circuit the Walt Whitman Trail; from NY 110 heading north, make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Rd., make another left turn onto West Hills Rd and a final left turn onto Reservoir Rd.; proceed to the end and park; rain, snow, ice cancels.
Wed. Feb. 22—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. Feb. 25—STONY HILL WINTER JAUNT:
10:00 AM – about 6 miles – hilly – moderate – Info: Rick: 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539.
Hike the rolling woods of Stony Hill, after passing through preserved farmland owned by Peconic Land Trust; you will see beautiful stands of American beech, possibly an American chestnut, and some wonderful topography; meet on the side of Abraham’s Path (road shoulder), approximately 1/4 mile north of Town Lane, Amagansett; bring food and liquids.
Sat. Feb. 25—LAKELAND TO CONNETQUOT PARK PRESERVE:
10:00 AM – 5 or 8 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486.
Sat. Feb. 25—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:
10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.
Let's go hiking across the fields and into the woods of this magnificent park; if terrain is snowy or icy we will stick to the plowed paved paths, but at least we can get in some miles and fresh air; 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; bring water and snack; rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not.
Sun. Feb. 26—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. 26—LAKELAND EXPLORATION:
10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.
Walk ¼ mile on boardwalks over the swampy headwaters of the Connetquot River at a moderate pace; option to bail out or continue into the northern section of Connetquot Park; from L.I.E. Exit 58 go south on Old Nichols Road; at the first light turn left onto Johnson Avenue; continue to Lakeland Park on your right; or L.I.E. Exit 59 south on Ocean Ave., turn right on Johnson Ave.; the park will be on your left; meet in the parking lot; heavy rain or icy conditions cancels.
Sun. Mar. 5—LAKELAND TO WESTBROOK:
9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Wed. Mar. 8—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 or snow cancels; bring water.
Sat. March 11—SWEAT SEVENTEEN:
9:00 AM – approx.17 ½ miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.
Sat. Mar. 11—SANS SOUCI SPECIAL:
10:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.
We will leisurely explore two trails in the pine barrens of this county park in Sayville; heavy rain or ice 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, with overflow parking on Broadway Ave. or side street opposite entrance; meet in the parking lot.
Sat. Mar. 11—PLANTING FIELDS SPECIAL:
11:00 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.
Sun. Mar. 12—CENTRAL NASSAU SCRAMBLE:
1:00 PM – 3.5 miles – easy– flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Wed. Mar. 15 MUTTONTOWN MEANDER:
10:00 AM – 4-5 miles – moderate – rolling terrain – Info: George, 516-249-5041.
Get ready for the St. Pat’s Day corned beef with a circuit around the preserve including the south side, a stop at the Gates, King Zog’s ruins and the Walled Garden; meet at the Nature Center; go north on NY 106, make a left turn onto NY 25A and another left turn onto Muttontown Lane; go straight ahead to the preserve entrance; snow, rain, ice cancels.
Wed. Mar. 15—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.
Sat. Mar. 18—MEMBERS’ MEETING AND HIKE:
10:00 AM hike – 4 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.
Get a workout on the hilly north end of our Nassau-Suffolk Trail; rain or snow cancels hike; then join us at noon for our annual Members’ Meeting; guest speaker on invasive species; come share your ideas about the LIGTC; refreshments will
be served; hike meets at trailhead parking lot on NY 25A, adjacent to the library.
Sun. Mar. 19— HECKSCHER LOOP:
10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat –Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.
We will do a leisurely 4-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; meet in Field 6 near the comfort station; heavy rain or ice cancels.
Sun. Mar. 19—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:
10:00 AM – 5.2 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Tues. Mar. 21—CAUMSETT WANDERINGS:
10:30 AM – 5 miles – easy to moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.
This morning we'll take a bit slower pace and not as hilly sections of the best park on L. I., in my opinion, for those that may like to check it out but don't want to do too much hill climbing; it's still the North Shore so it's not flat, but rolling; 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; bring water and snack; icy footing, rain or heavy snow cancels, cold weather does not.
Wed. Mar. 22— TACKAPAUSHA PRESERVE WALK:
9:00 AM – 4.5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.
An interesting long and narrow section of greenery; meet in parking lot near museum; from NY 135 Exit 1E, go east on Merrick Rd. to Washington Ave. (about5-6 blocks) and, turn left; park entrance on right; rain or snow cancels, bring water.
Sat. Mar. 25—BIRTHDAY HIKE:
9:00 AM – 11 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
Celebrate hike leader's birthday with a hike from Lakeland County Park to Connetquot State Park office and back; meet in parking lot of Lakeland County Park; from L.I.E. Exit 58, go south to light at Johnson Ave, turn left and go about a mile to park entrance on right; bring water and snack; heavy rain may cancel or modify.
Sat. Mar. 25—CAUMSETT STATE PARK SPECIAL:
11:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486.
Sun. Mar. 26—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. 26—CONNETQUOT LOOP:
11:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427.
Let's hike up to the fish hatchery and then on to Bunce's Bridge, returning on the winding Red Trail and past Main Pond; meet in the main parking lot on north side of NY 27; from the west take NY 27 to Exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; follow signs for U-turn back onto NY 27 going west to park entrance on right; bring water and snacks; rain cancels.
Wed. Mar. 29— 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.