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L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference

P.O. Box 5636

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone 631-360-0753       Fax 631-360-8127  
E-mail ligreenbelt@juno.com

August 2007 Hikes

To find the Greenbelt Office in Blydenburgh Park: from Route 25-25A in Smithtown, go south on Brooksite Dr.; at next light (New Mill Rd.), turn right to park entrance at end of road. From Route 347, find Brooksite Dr. between the 347-454 junction and Rt. 111; head north on Brooksite to New Mill Rd.; go left to the park. Follow the paved path at the west end of the lot to the Blydenburgh-Weld House.

 

IMPORTANT:

The first line of each listing includes TIME, DISTANCE, PACE, and TERRAIN, in that
order. "Info" means no reservation is necessary; call only if you need more information. "CALL" means you must call the leader to reserve a space on the hike.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: 

Certain risks are inherent in any hike or other L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc. (the “Greenbelt”) activity. Each Greenbelt member, guest, or non-member participant agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety and the safety of minors accompanying such persons. The Greenbelt cannot ensure the safety of any participant on hikes or activities. In participating in Greenbelt activities, each such person agrees to hold harmless and free from blame the activity leaders and the Greenbelt, its officers, directors, and members, for any accident, injury, or illness which might be sustained from participating in hikes or other Greenbelt activities.

Saturdays – BLYDENBURGH HOUSE AND HISTORIC TOUR EVERY SATURDAY:
1:00 PM – 1 hour - easy – flat – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.

Learn the history of the 1821 Blydenburgh-Weld House and the nearby mill complex, and enjoy the paths along beautiful Stump Pond; tours run every Saturday; meet at the Greenbelt Office (directions at top of schedule).
 

Sun. Aug. 5 – SUNKEN FOREST SPECIAL:

9:15 AM – 6-7 miles – slow to moderate – beach walk –

Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.
Enjoy a ranger-guided tour in Sunken Forest, the treasure of Fire Island, with spectacular views from elevated boardwalk; the Pines and Cherry Grove, the most colorful communities; optional swimming and window shopping in Ocean Beach; bring water, lunch, hat and sunscreen lotion; rain cancels; meet at Bay Shore LIRR train station and buy one-way ticket to Sayville; or take So. St. Pky. to Exit 42 South, take 5th Ave. south approximately 2 miles to Union Blvd.; make a left on Union, go 4 blocks to 4th Avenue, left to station; joint hike with NHOC. E: qwpham@yahoo.com

Sun. Aug. 5 – JONES BEACH WALK & LUNCH:
   
     10:00 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat boardwalk – Info: Terrie, 631-885-4543.

Primarily for singles, but all welcome; we will walk the boardwalk and then have lunch on the beach; bring water, lunch, suntan lotion, and towel to sit on; food may be purchased at beach concessions if desired; joint with NHOC; rain cancels; (fee, or free with Empire Pass); park in Field 4, walk through tunnel and meet at the flagpole near concession area.

Tues. Aug. 7 – NORTH END HIKE:

9:00 AM – 4.3 miles – fast-hilly – Info: Anneliese, 631-425-1445.
Get a weekday morning workout with a brisk hike on the very hilly north end of the Nassau-Suffolk Trail;  not for beginners; bring water; heavy rain cancels;  meet at Cold Spring Harbor State Park lot next to library on NY 25A, northeast of jct. NY 25A/108.

 Fri. Aug. 10 – TRAILS CENTER SPECIAL:

            9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Vinny, 631-209-0030.

Start the weekend early with a walk from the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70) to Wading River-Manor Rd. and back; bring water; rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 11 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:

                10:00 AM – 2-3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Nancy D., 631-744-9815.

Map and Compass: Learn to use a map and compass to explore unmarked trails in the woods;  map and compass instruction followed by a short hike to test your skills; bring a compass or buy one at the Trail Center; map provided; families welcome; meet at the Trails Information Center, Ό mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70. E: nduffrin@optonline.net

Sun. Aug. 19 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:

            10:30 AM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753, or Trails Center, 631-852-3449.

 Blueberry Festival at the Trails Center – A short introductory pine barrens walk followed by blueberry ice cream making the old fashioned, hand-cranked way; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70; children welcome! Leader: Nancy Manfedonia.

Fri. Aug. 24 – TRAILS CENTER SPECIAL:

            9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Vinny, 631-209-0030.

Start the weekend early with a walk from the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70) to Wading River-Manor Rd. and back; bring water; rain cancels.

Sat. Aug. 25 – GATEWAY TO THE WANTAGH NATURE TRAIL:

            1:00 PM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Rich or Lisa, 516-826-8339.

Come check out the reopening and restoration of the trailhead at Nassau’s newest Greenbelt Trail, then hike with us along a path with almost continuous water views along streams, ponds and wetlands abundant with wildlife; bring your camera; children 10 and older welcome; meet at gazebo on north side of Merrick Rd. in Mill Pond Park, ½ mile west of Wantagh Pky. Exit W6W; rain cancels.

Sun. Aug. 26 - DEMOCRAT POINT SUNSET AND MOONRISE:

5:15 PM – 5 or 9 miles – slow, easy – beach walk –

Info: Quyen (Quinn), 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.
Hike along the ocean to Democrat Point and observe changes on the western end of Robert Moses Park,  then return along the bay side; optional moonlight hike to the Fire Island Lighthouse with magnificent view of the ocean; bring water, snacks; rain cancels; meet at southwest corner of Field 2 (parking fee, or free with Empire Pass); joint hike with NHOC. E: qwpham@yahoo.com.

Sun. Aug. 26 – CONNETQUOT SINGLES HIKE:

            10:30 AM – 4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Terrie, 631-885-4543.

Primarily for singles, but all welcome; we will explore flat hiking trail along the river to the fish hatchery where lots of shade should be found. Bring quarters (.25) in case you would like to feed the fish. Bring water, snack/lunch. Opt to stay for tour of the South Side Sportsmen's Club Main House [cost $3.00]. Joint with NHOC. Rain cancels. (fee, free w\Empire pass) Meet at Park (The Preserve is located on the north side of Sunrise Highway, just west of Pond Road.)

Tues. Aug. 28 – NORTH END HIKE:

9:00 AM – 4.3 miles – fast-hilly – Info: Anneliese, 631-425-1445.
Get a weekday morning workout with a brisk hike on the very hilly north end of the Nassau-Suffolk Trail;  not for beginners; bring water; heavy rain cancels;  meet at Cold Spring Harbor State Park lot next to library on NY 25A, northeast of jct. NY 25A/108.
 

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