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Preserves & Hiking 1. Arshamomaque Preserve, Greenport 2. Cedar Beach County Park, Southold 3. Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve, Riverhead 4. Custer Preserve Arboretum and Trail, Southold 5. Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond, East Marion 6. Downs Farm Preserve, Cutchogue
North Fork Preserves & Hiking Arshamomaque Preserve - a 120-acre preserve owned by the Town of Southold and Suffolk County Parks. The preserve has 1.3-miles of nature trails that wander through mature woodlands, freshwater wetlands and open fields. Preserve includes an observation tower that overlooks a freshwater swamp. 1105 Chapel Lane, Greenport Cedar Beach County Park - a 68-acre park with over 2,800 feet on Shelter Island Sound. The park provides the visitor with great vistas of Shelter Island Sound and the mudflats, sandbars and the saltwater marshes of Cedar Beach Harbor. 3690 Cedar Beach Road, Southold Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve - This 165 acre preserve allows for hiking that includes sights of the Little Peconic River, various plants, birds, reptiles, and other wildlife creatures. Within the preserve lies Sweezy Pond and Cheney Pond, which is surrounded by a White-Cedar swamp with trees as large as 16” in diameter. A haven of natural, unspoiled beauty. Moriches-Riverhead Road, Riverhead 631-854-4949 Custer Preserve Arboretum and Trail - 6 acre preserve. Trail winds through Arboretum and wild flowers. Main Bayview Road, Southold Downs Farm Preserve - a 51-acre wooded parcel that is the site of Fort Corchaug, a Native American fort, which is listed on the National Park Register of Historic Places. Downs Farm Preserve has a mile of passive recreation trails and adjoins productive farmlands and the tidal wetland of Downs Creek. The Group for the East End hosts many interesting, fun and educational events here. 23800 Route 25, Cutchogue Goldsmith Inlet County Park - a 35-acre parcel with a 1/2 mile trail leading to Long Island Sound, from the trailhead, located on Sound View Avenue. The mature woodlands, tidal wetlands, Goldsmith Inlet Pond and 1500 feet on Long Island Sound are great for birdwatching. 1585 Soundview Avenue, Peconic
Husing Pond Preserve - 21 acre preserve owned and maintained by the Nature Conservancy. It features woodland and a fresh water pond. The trail through the preserve is a half mile long and includes a boardwalk that goes out into the pond. Peconic Bay Blvd, Laurel Inlet Pond County Park - a 55-acre preserve with 1.6-miles of trails leading to Inlet Pond and Long Island Sound. The North Fork Audubon has a visitor’s center and offers nature programs during the year. North Fork Audubon hosts many interesting, fun and educational events here. 65275 Route 48, Greenport Laurel Lake Preserve & Laurel Park - 36 acres of woodland. Parking is at the Laurel Lake Preserve trail head kiosk and at the park lot located at the end of Laurel Lake Road at Laurel Park. Fishing at the lake is permitted with NYS DEC fishing license. The trail system is just over 2 miles in length. 5145 Route 25, Laurel Marratooka Lake Preserve - Small town park is accessible from south side of lake. Fishing is permitted at the lake with a NYS DEC fishing license. New Suffolk Ave., Mattituck Mill Road Preserve - a 25-acre parcel with the trailhead located on Mill Road, Mattituck. The trail winds through 8-acres of grasslands/ shrublands and then into 17 acres of mature woodlands. 1900 Mill Road, Mattituck Moore’s Wood - 190 acre preserve owned and maintained by the Village of Greenport. Features extensive woodland and fresh water wetland areas. Moore’s Drain runs through the woods from Silver Like to Pipes Neck Creek. There is approximately 2.7 miles of trails winding through Moore’s Woods, many of which were created as part of a nature trail system back in 1971. Access to Moore’s Woods is available off Moore’s Lane as well as Route 25 and County Road 48. Greenport
Orient Beach State Park - 45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiner’s Bay and a rare maritime forest with red cedar, blackjack oak trees and prickly-pear cactus. Visitors can swim, picnic, play ball, go hiking or biking, or walk a nature trail. 40000 Route 25, Orient Orient Point County Park - a 48-acre park at the tip of Southold Town has a mile-long beach with a 1/2 mile hiking trail. Bird watching, surfcasting, and great views of Long Island Sound are available at the County Park. Parking is located on the north side of Route 25. 41425 Route 25, Orient Paul Stoutenburgh Preserve - a 54-acre wooded preserve with several trails that wind through the mature woodlands, by vernal ponds and along the saltwater wetlands of Arshamomaque Pond. 63445 Route 25, Southold Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond - 36-acre preserve owned by the Town of Southold and Suffolk County Parks. It encompasses a small, protected bay, maritime shrubland, grasslands, tidal flats, saltwater marshes and mature woodlands. The trail that wanders through the preserve is 1.2 miles long. 11855 Route 25, East Marion Sound View Dunes - Includes 57 acres and includes frontage on Long Island Sound. 4305 Soundview Ave, Peconic Wolf Preserve - This 22 acre preserve owned and maintained by the Peconic Land Trust features two trails totaling approximately 1 mile in length. The western trail winds through a meadow and red cedars of a regenerating woodland and along a freshwater wetland. The eastern trail features mature oak and beech trees as well as wetland habitat. The eastern trail is closed during the spring nesting season and reopens in July. Main Bayview Road, Southold
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The North Fork has acres and acres of nature preserves, open space, wetlands, beaches, and clean, fishable waters. Our diverse native flora and fauna even include the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (pictured). Our intact natural heritage reflects the hard work of local government and well organized, active citizens, to whom we are very grateful. Enjoy.
Published on May 23, 2017
This comprehensive magazine gives you all the information you need to plan your North Fork vacation. Discover our beaches, nature preserves,...