Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Photo

White trail passing through a pine grove (credit: D. Chazin)

Location


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Park Overview:

One of the crown jewels of the Long Island Greenbelt system.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:21.5 miles
Park Acreage:3473 acres
City/County/
State:
Oakdale/Suffolk/NY
Web Map:NYS Parks trail map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Formerly a private club for the wealthy and powerful, this lightly used area is a classic pine barrens system, featuring a canopy of pitch pine and several varieties of oak. There is an understory of blueberry, huckleberry, sweet fern, and other plants adapted to the desert like, sandy outwash soil. The Connetquot River flows gently through the center of the park, affording opportunities to observe ospreys, herons, egrets, kingfishers and a host of other species.

Near the entrance is a grist mill from the early 1700s and the large Sportsmen's Club, parts of which were built in the early 1800s. A mile north a trout hatchery built over a century ago is still in operation.

You may be asked to complete a permit form (free) when you arrive at the gate.

The park is open Wednesday to Sunday.  On Mondays and Tuesdays the parking lot and buildings are closed.  On these days it is possible (and permissible) to access the grounds from adjoining trails and greenways.  It is safest to call to verify the park is open.

Trails Overview:

The park's 21-mile formal network of blazed trails makes possible a variety of loop walks that take in both sides of the river and last the better part of a day.  

In addition there are another nearly two dozen unmarked sandroads, bridle paths and informal paths within the park, some with colorful names such as "Poacher's Path Ext" and "Mud Hole Road."  They could easily double the trail miles, but many may be difficult to navigate.

Use the Web Map link above to view the entire network.

 

Directions:

From western Long Island: Southern State Parkway east to exit 44 (Sunrise Highway), east to the Preserve. From eastern Long Island: Sunrise Highway west to Oakdale. The Preserve is located on the north side of Sunrise Highway, just west of Pond Road.

Contact Information:Connetquot River State Park Preserve
6315811005
Friends Group:Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Region:Long Island
Fees:Some times and places; check with park