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. Sept. 7—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; heavy rain cancels.  

Sat. Sept. 7—CONNETQUOT CAPER:

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

Let’s explore the eastern side of this vast preserve and get to see different trails; perhaps lunch after at Bayard Cutting Arboretum; 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 and follow signs for U turn for park; from the east take NY 27 west to park entrance on right; fee, or free with Empire Passport; bring water and snack; rain cancels. 

Sun. Sept. 8—BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM WALK:

11:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Kathie, 631-682-5133.

Take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens and along the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum; trails may be muddy; optional lunch in the Café; rain cancels; from Southern State Parkway Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy about ½ mile to entrance on right; meet by gazebo near parking lot; $8 parking fee, or free with Empire Passport.

Wed. Sept. 11—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; heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Sept. 14—SARNOFF STOMP: 

9:00 AM – around 12 miles – fast – varied – Info: Jeff, 631-902-3156.

See summertime waning in the woods over a brisk several hours featuring Wildwood Lake, the Red and Yellow Loops, and then a bit more on the main Pine Barrens Trail; bring water and snacks; fast pace, only one quick stop for 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); strong hikers only, please: this walk is a workout; inclement 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. Sept. 14—MANORVILLE HILLS HIKE:

               9:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly –Info: Janet, 631-288-6884, before 9 PM.

A hilly hike in Manorville County Park, NOT for beginners; rain cancels; bring water and snack; see glacial erratics and kettle holes; meet at the trail head in county park; form L.I.E. Exit 70, take C.R. 111 south about 1 mile; look for Eastport Manor Rd. and Shrine sign and exit off C.R. 111; at stop sign make a left to traffic light; from there merge onto C.R. 111 northbound but carefully move immediately before to right lane; park entrance is a very short distance on the right.

Sun. Sept. 15—CAUMSETT CAPER:

9:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Carol, 631 223-3427.

We will be exploring many of the little known trails and going on the cliffs to get a great feel for this extraordinary park; great photo ops; bring water and snack; heavy rain cancels;  meet in parking lot near the booth; from NY 25 go north on Woodbury Rd., which becomes West Neck Rd. after crossing NY 25A in Huntington; proceed about 6 miles to park entrance 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; fee, or free with Empire Passport. 

Wed. Sept.18—COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP:

9:00 AM – 4.3 miles – fast – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.

Not for beginners!  Easily one of the toughest hikes on L.I., with an 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 Rd. (NY 25A) in the unpaved parking lot adjacent to the Cold Spring Harbor Library; bring water and bug spray; rain cancels.

Sun. Sept. 22— QUOGUE REFUGE SAUNTER:

            1:00 PM – 3 miles – easy, interpretive – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

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. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Tues. Sept. 24—PLANTING FIELDS FROLIC:

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

We will 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.   Meet in parking lot near entrance; heavy rains cancels. 

Wed. Sept. 25—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 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.; entrance on left; heavy rain cancels; bring water.

 

 

 

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