Blydenburgh County Park


Stump Pond (photo Daniel Chazin)
Park Overview:

Hike five miles around Long Island’s second largest lake, with plenty of other attractions, including a historical mill district  

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:5.4 miles
Park Acreage:627 acres
Buy Book:Hiking Long Island - Guide Book

Park Description:

Around 1800, the Blydenburgh family dammed the headwaters of the Nissequogue River just north of the union of three streams to create an early industrial/commercial center.

Trails Overview:

Viewed on a map, Stump Pond (sometimes identified as New Millpond or Weld’s Pond) can be imagined as a human arm reaching upward from south to north, bent 90 degrees at the elbow, with the upper arm extending in an eastward direction. A 5.4-mile loop trail circles the pond, traversing forested hills, flat lands, undulating terrain, a boardwalk and occasional wetlands. 

The Long Island Greenbelt Trail (white blaze) runs along the north end of Stump Pond. The Stump Pond Trail (blue blaze), which starts and ends at the Greenbelt Trail, makes a loop around the west and east sides of the pond, with short side trails leading to viewpoints over the pond. Occasionally, the blue-blazed trail is co-aligned with a bridle path segment. The trail along the east side of the pond is nearly flat, while the trail along the west side features varied and more interesting terrain. Click to view a map from AllTrails.



North End: Take the Long Island Expressway east to Exit 42 (Northern State Parkway east). Proceed east on the Northern State Parkway for 16 miles to its terminus, where it merges into NY Routes 347/454 east. In 1.8 miles, where the two routes diverge, bear left to stay on NY 347. Follow NY 347 for 0.4 mile and turn left onto Brooksite Drive. Follow Brooksite Drive for 1.7 miles to a parking area on the left for Blydenburgh County Park.

South End: Entrance to the park is on the north side of Veterans Memorial Highway, opposite the H. Lee Dennison County Center in Smithtown.

Train (to north end): Take the Port Jefferson branch of the Long Island Rail Road to the Smithtown station. Head south from the station platform and cross to the south side of West Main Street (NY 25). Proceed west on Edgewater Avenue, which forks off of West Main Street just east of the railroad overpass. Follow Edgewater Avenue for three blocks and turn left onto Juniper Avenue. Follow Juniper Avenue to its end and continue on a footpath to Brooksite Drive. Cross Brooksite Drive to the northern entrance parking area. The distance from the station to the trailhead is about one mile, and the walk is on quiet residential streets with little traffic.

Contact Information:Suffolk County, Dept of Parks, Recreation & Conservation
Region:Long Island

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Park Overview:

The park commemorates “The Cradle of American Industry."

Trail Uses:Hiking, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:35 acres
Web Map:NPS, scroll to map link
Park Description:

The Great Falls of the Passaic River, located in Paterson, N.J., is the site of an early, successful initiative to establish a “national manufactory” in post-revolutionary America.

Trails Overview:

Great Falls in Winter (NPS photo)The Welcome Center, at 65 McBride Avenue Extension across from Overlook Park, is a great place to begin a visit -- check their website for seasonal hours. It is where the self-guided Mill Mile tour starts. This walking tour introduces visitors to the remarkable history, geology, social and cultural importance of the area around the site of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. An on-line brochure describing the 10-stop tour – which includes a map -- is available, as is a free downloadable audio tour app (from I-Tunes and Google Play Store) and a number to call using a cell phone along the way.   The Tour is an educational project of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson.  

The National Park Service also offers Guided Introductory Tours seasonally. Led by a National Park Ranger, a volunteer, or a member of the Great Falls Youth Corps, it takes roughly one hour and covers one mile.  See the website link in Contact Information below for a schedule, follow the "Plan a Visit" tab. 

“Trails” largely consist of city sidewalks with uneven surfaces.  A graphical representation map of the park (use link near top of this page)  identifies such major features as the Great Falls, mills (both standing and in ruins), the S.U.M. Hydroelectric Station, the upper, middle and lower raceways, street names (for navigation), smaller local parks, cultural centers, several public parking areas, and (important in an urban setting) public restrooms. 

To complement a visit with a more woodsy hiking experience, Rifle Camp Park and Garret Mountain Reservation, two interconnected Passaic County parks just a short drive from the mill district, have a combined trail network of 13 miles on roughly 800 acres of parkland. 



From I-80 West, take Exit 57 B-A. Follow the Downtown Paterson signs. Turn left at second light onto Cianci Street, and left at first light onto Market Street for 1/4 mile. Turn right onto Spruce. Go one block and turn right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then immediately left into Great Falls Overlook parking area.

From I-80 East, take Exit 57 B, circle onto Grand Street exit. At end of exit ramp turn left onto Grand. At second light on Grand turn right onto Spruce Street. At second light on Spruce bear right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then turn immediately left into the Great Falls Overlook parking area.

From the Garden State Parkway use the “Directions” link on the park’s webpage under Contact Information.

New Jersey Transit provides regular train service (including weekends) to Paterson on its Main Line.  Trains leave from Hoboken, but connections from New York City are available via PATH trains from World Trade Center or 33rd Street to Hoboken, or NJ Transit trains from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction. The walk from the Paterson train station to Overlook Park at the Great Falls is about 0.8 mile. 

NJ Transit Bus Route 161 connects the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal with Paterson, stopping near the NJ Transit train station.

See also Location Tab at top of page.

Contact Information:National Park Service, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Park Overview:

Hilly terrain in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation offers a mix of second-growth hardwood forest, hemlock, laurel, bold rock outcroppings, steep ravines, wetlands, and open meadows.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:41.9 miles
Park Acreage:4700 acres
Web Map:Hiking map
Buy Book:Walkable Westchester - A Walking Guide to Westchester County, NY

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The largest park in Westchester County, Ward Pound Ridge has areas with lots of people and places where few are encountered.

Trails Overview:

Hikers have lots of choices in the 41.9 miles of trails in the park. 

  • The Rocks Trail (4.9 mile) takes the hiker into the heart of Ward Pound Ridge to pass Indian Rock Shelter, Raven Rock, Castle Rock, Spy Rock, Bear Rock and Dancing Rock.
  • North of Reservation Road, the brown trail (3.8 miles) offers a pleasant walk along the Cross River. It is accessible from the picnic areas along Reservation Road.  
  • The blue trail (3.8 miles) extends south from the Kimberly Bridge picnic area through the eastern side of the park. One side of the loop rises through open forest to the highest point in the park (860 feet).
  • From the Michigan Road picnic area, the red trail (5.6 miles) offers access to the greatest variety of scenery.
  • Side trails lead to Leatherman's Cave, the former CCC camp, and a view over the Cross River Reservoir, 

Cross-country ski traffic on the red, green and yellow trails is one way, counterclockwise.

From I-684, take Exit 6 (Route 35) and turn east. Go 3.8 miles and turn right onto Route 121. It is 0.1 mile to the reservation entrance 41.26116, -73.614716

No public transportation.

Contact Information:Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Region:Westchester County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park
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