- Trail Length: 1-3miTrail Difficulty: easyRestrooms: NoneWaste Disposal: None - Please carry out all wasteCheck for ticksAbout this place:
This park has several transitions from beach grass to pine tree canopy, to prairie grass and salt marsh. Wildlife abounds from molluscs to birds, reptiles and turtles. The park is also home to the Ghost Forest, which are tree stumps from Atlantic White Cedars that grew here centuries ago when sea levels were lower.
There are parts of trails that cross busy road ways, including the Black Owl Loop that requires crossing Route 24 twice.
Fun Facts & Sights to See:
- Historical Fact: the land once belonged to the Shinnecock Nation
- Historical Fact: John Jacob Astor owned the land in the early 1800s, when he was the richest man in America. It was later purchased by E.F. Hutton, the financier, and turned into the Black Duck Lodge.
- Sights to See: you may still see some remnants of the property’s hunting days in the form of tools and duck blinds along the trails
- Know Before You Go: this park is known to have TONS of ticks. Be prepared before you venture out, try to avoid during peak tick season!
- Riverhead Hampton Bays Rd