Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve

    Park Overview:

    This 711-acre preserve contains many rare plant and animal species for hikers to enjoy and is due to expand with future land acquisitions.

    Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking
    Dogs:Dogs on leash
    Trail Miles:3 miles
    Park Acreage:711 acres
    City/County/
    State:
    Brentwood/Suffolk/NY
    Buy Book:Hiking Long Island - Guide Book

    Park Description:

    Several rare plants and animals inhabit this dry, sterile, and sometimes hostile environment. Members of the heath family such as wintergreen, bearberry, blueberry, staggerbrush and trailing arbutus  also grow in abundance here. Near the parking area on the east side there is a large clearing where the Edgewood State Hospital and adjacent Pilgrim State Mental Hospital once stood. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation manages this property, so a free permit is necessary to hike here. Call (631) 444-0273 to obtain one (Hiking Long Island guidebook).

    Trails Overview:

    The trail is well-marked with blue blazes, but hikers should take care to look for blazes at intersections where the trail may make a turn. The state does not use the universal (two blazes leaning in the direction of a turn) system, so be alert for this. Once past the clear areas which are dominated by cottontail rabbits, the trail leads into a woods of pitch pines before reaching the old route of Old Commack Road. The woods road eventually heads northeast through scrub oaks, and further on bigtooth aspen trees. The entire trail is a bit more than three miles of easy flat walking and can be covered in an hour and a half to two hours.

    Directions:

    Take exit 52 on the LIE to Commack Road, going south 2.1 miles to the entrance in a large field on the left (east) side of the road. 

    Contact Information:Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve
    Region:New York City
    Fees: