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:

Sun. June 27—QUOGUE REFUGE SAUNTER:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – easy, interpretive – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Take a walk in the delightful Quogue Wildlife Refuge, seeing ponds and pine barrens; an interpretive walk suitable for all; bring water; rain cancels; from NY 27 Exit 63, go south on C.R. 31 to Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80), then east ½ mile to South Country Rd., left to end of road, left across LIRR track to preserve parking.

Sat. July 3—CAUMSETT CAPER:    

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This time we'll be "living on the edge" as we hike the perimeter of the park; weather permitting, we can also hit the beach; heavy rain cancels; bring water, snack, and bug spray; meet near entrance booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to 25A in Huntington, turn left proceed thru Huntington to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. July 7—MUTTONTOWN MARCH:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate - varied – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

Enjoy this Nassau County Preserve; meet at the equestrian parking lot; from NY 25A go south on NY 106 about 1/2 mile; entrance on right; from L.I.E. Exit 41 N (NY 106), go north about 2 1/2 miles past Muttontown Rd.; rain cancels; bring water.     

Sat. July 10—FLANDERS–SEARS POND PROWL:

9:30 AM – 4.5 miles – easy –varied – Info: Janet, 631-288-6884 before 9:30 PM.

Walk to Owl Pond to connect to the Paumanok Path, heading east to Sears Pond; bring water, snack and mask; meet at Spinney Rd., Flanders, south side of NY 24 east of Birch Creek (follow NY 24 from Riverhead, or NY 27 exit 65, go north on NY 24; rain cancels.

Sun. July 11—TERRELL RIVER WALK:

9:30 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Take a walk in this popular Suffolk County park with river and bay views; rain cancels; bring water; meet at park entrance on south side of Montauk Hwy., east of Belleview Ave., opposite Kaler’s Pond Park in Center Moriches; extra parking at Kaler’s Pond (no fee).

Wed. July 14—HECKSCHER LOOP:

3:00 PM – 4 miles – easy – flat – CALL (or text): Kathie, 631-682-5133.      

We will do a leisurely, 4-mile loop in this State Park on Great South Bay; 1f muddy, we will stick to the paved path; take So. St. Pkwy. to its east end and continue on park road to Field 6; meet neat the playground; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. July 17—WELWYN PRESERVE WALK:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – varied – easy – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

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.

Sun. July 18—RAY CORWIN TRAIL WALK:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – mostly flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Explore a section of the Ray Corwin Trail from Whiskey Road to NY 25; rain or high heat cancels; bring water and bug spray; meet in D.E.C. lot on north side of NY 25, west of William Floyd Pkwy. and east of C.R. 21; NOTE: this hike involves a car shuttle; ride with mask optional for the vaccinated and required for those not.

Wed. July 21— CALEB SMITH PLUS:

9:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Hike the Long Island Trail and other routes in Caleb Smith State Park Preserve; bring water; rain cancels; Caleb Smith Park entrance is on the north side of NY 25, 1/2 mile west of the Smithtown Bull; or take Sunken Meadow Pkwy. to NY 25 and go east to park.

Wed. July 28—SANS SOUCI SAUNTER:

3:00 PM – 4 miles – easy – flat – CALL (or text): 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, 1/4 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.

Wed. Aug. 4—MUTTONTOWN MARCH:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate - varied – Info. Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

Enjoy this Nassau County Preserve; meet at the equestrian parking lot; from NY 25A go south on NY 106 about 1/2 mile; entrance on right; from L.I.E. Exit 41 N (NY 106), go north about 2 1/2 miles past Muttontown Rd.; rain cancels; bring water.     

Fri. Aug. 6—RIVERHEAD PRESERVE-TO-PRESERVE HIKE:

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

We will walk part of the Red Trail in Sarnoff Preserve to Cranberry Bog Preserve and back; bring water, snack and mask; meet at DEC parking lot on C.R. 63 (Lake Ave.); from downtown Riverhead traffic circle, go south on C.R. 63 to a left turn down an access road just south of Maynard Ave.; from NY 27 Exit 61, go north on C.R. 51, bear right onto C.R. 63, continue 1.3 miles to DEC parking area on your right; look for DEC brown sign; rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 7—CAUMSETT OUTBACK:    

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will be hiking the lesser known side trails in this, my favorite park; maybe we'll find a new one; rain cancels; bring water and snack; meet near entrance booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd. which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles, entrance to park is on the left; from the east take NY 110 north to 25A in Huntington, turn left proceed thru Huntington to West Neck Rd., turn right and go 6 miles to entrance on left; parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. Aug. 11— HECKSCHER LOOP:

3:00 PM – 4 miles – easy – flat – CALL (or text): Kathie, 631-682-5133.      

We will do a leisurely, 4-mile loop in this State Park on Great South Bay; 1f muddy, we will stick to the paved path; tke So. St. Pkwy. to its east end and continue on park road to Field 6; meet neat the playground; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 14—WANTAGH NATURE TRAIL WALK:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

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.  

Sun. Aug 15—LAKELAND POKE-AROUND:

9:00 AM –3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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).

Sat. Aug. 21—THREE PONDS AND A SWAMP:

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s likely to be a warm day even under the shady canopy of the Flanders Woods, and then we’ll boil our blood on the dreaded three miles of sand—so bring plenty of water and perseverance; meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area; from L.I.E. 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; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure!

Wed. Aug. 25—CALEB SMITH PLUS:

9:00 AM – 5 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

Hike the Long Island Trail and other routes in Caleb Smith State Park Preserve; bring water; rain cancels; Caleb Smith Park entrance is on the north side of NY 25, 1/2 mile west of the Smithtown Bull; or take Sunken Meadow Pkwy. to NY 25 and go east to park.

Wed. Aug. 25—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM WALK:

3:00 PM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – CALL (or text): Kathie, 631-682-5133.      

Take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens, ponds and along the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum and see the dahlias in bloom; trails may be muddy; meet at gazebo near parking lot; rain cancels; from Southern State Parkway Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy about 1/2 miles to entrance on right. $8 parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Sat. Aug.28—WELWYN PRESERVE WALK:

9:00 AM – 3 miles – varied – easy – Info: Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

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.

Sun. Aug. 29—BETHPAGE RAMBLE:  

9:30 AM – 5-6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631 223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hike the various trails of this State Park, including part of the Greenbelt’s Nassau-Suffolk trail; bring water, snacks and bug spray; rain cancels; meet in the parking lot by the picnic area; from the north take NY 135 to Powell Ave.; go east just across the bridge to Bethpage SP entrance; follow signs to picnic area past the booth; (fee, or free with Empire Passport); from the south, take So. St. Pkwy. to Bethpage Pkwy. (Exit 31), go north to traffic circle, then ¾ around circle and continue to entrance; if you'd like to stay afterward, bring a lunch for the picnic area.

Sat. Sept. 4—STUMP POND LOOP:

10:00 AM ­– 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will be doing Blydenburgh Park’s blue and white trails around Stump Pond with some hills and great views of the pond; bring water, snacks and bug spray; rain cancels; directions to Blydenburgh are at top of this schedule; meet in the parking lot.

Wed. Sept. 8—MUTTONTOWN MARCH:

9:00 AM – 4 miles – moderate - varied – Info. Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike after 6:30.

Enjoy this Nassau County Preserve; meet at the equestrian parking lot; from NY 25A go south on NY 106 about 1/2 mile; entrance on right; from L.I.E. Exit 41 N (NY 106), go north about 2 1/2 miles past Muttontown Rd.; rain cancels; bring water.     

Sun. Sept. 12—PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A pine barrens walk to Sandy and Grassy Ponds, viewing remnants of 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.

Sat. Sept. 18—MARSH MARCH: 

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See the summer wane both in the woods and out in the wetlands, with our usual diet of forest tunnel walking nicely leavened by some miles on the scenic flanks of Flanders Bay; could be buggy out in the Hubbard Marsh, so dope up—and bring plenty of water! Meet at Spinney Road (north end) parking area; from L.I.E. 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; fast pace, only one quick stop for snacks; inclement weather cancels, so call or text to be sure!

Sat. Sept. 18—CALEB SMITH TWO HIKES IN ONE:

10:00 AM – 4.5 or 6+ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-521-5103. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let’s explore this interesting nature preserve; we will meander along the multicolored trails with great views of the ponds, streams and wetlands; option to drop out at 4.5 miles; bring water and snacks; rain cancels; from Sunken Meadow Pkwy. Exit SM 3, go east on NY 25 for three miles to the park entrance on left; from the east, take NY 25 (Main St.) through Smithtown, continue to park entrance on right; hike leaves promptly at 10:10 AM; $8 parking fee or free with Empire Pass.  

Wed. Sept. 22—CAUMSETT CAPER:

9:00 AM – 6 miles – brisk – varied – Info. Chuck, 516-906-2733, AM of hike.

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

Sat. Sept. 25—BETHPAGE AUTUMN PICNIC EVENT:


8:30 to 4:00 PM – A full day of hikes, picnicking, a trail project, and socializing. Bring the family. Details on page 15. For information, questions, or to volunteer (we can use some!), email Carol Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thurs. Sept. 30—PLANTING FIELDS PERAMBULATION:   

10:00 AM – 5+ miles – moderate – varied – Info: Carol, 631-223-3427. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We'll be hiking on the wooded trails and through some of the gardens of this beautiful arboretum; bring water, snack and bug spray; rain cancels;  Rain cancels   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; fee, or free with Empire Passport; afterwards, if you wish to stay, we can check out the Main Greenhouse.  

 

 

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