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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

April 2008 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).
 

Wed. Apr. 2 – NINE PONDS SPECIAL:

                1:00 PM – up to 4-5 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Karen, 631-929-6590, before 8 PM.

See beautiful ponds in the Peconic Headwaters region; those interested in a shorter walk can bail out early; bring water; rain cancels; meet at preserve gate on Old River Rd., Calverton; from the Trails Information Center in Manorville (1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70), go north to T-intersection; turn right, cross tracks, and go right again at next T; take left fork onto David Terry St. (Wading-River Manor Rd.), and continue past River Rd. to Old River Rd.; turn right to preserve.
 

Fri. Apr. 4 – 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. Apr. 5 – TRAIL CENTER SEASON-OPENING DAY:

                10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – CALL: Office, 631-360-0753.

Help us spruce up the Trails Information Center for the summer season, and then we’ll provide refreshments and camaraderie; a fun and rewarding gathering; call so we know how many Greenbelters to expect and to find out how you can help; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.
 

Sat. Apr. 5 -- TERRELL RIVER SINGLES WALK: 

                11:00 AM – 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info: Charlotte, 631-929-1035.

Walk to the bay in Terrell River County Park in East Moriches; OK for beginners; rain cancels; meet at the Flight 800 Memorial parking lot, north side of Montauk Hwy. east of Belleview Ave, and just west of Kaler’s Pond.
 

Sun. Apr. 6 –CALEB SMITH SAUNTER:

                10:30 AM – 4 miles – easy pace – varied – Info: Terrie 631-885-4543.

Enjoy the late morning sunshine and fresh spring air with easy-paced walk on trail at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve; we will explore its many different habitats including freshwater wetlands, ponds, streams, fields and upland woods; bring water, snack and lunch; joint with NHOC; rain cancels; parking fee, or free with Empire Pass; take Sunken Meadow Pky. to Exit SM 3; go east on NY 25 for three miles to  park entrance on your left; from Smithtown, go west on NY 25 past the Bull to park entrance on right.
 

Thurs. Apr. 10 – NORTH END HIKE:

                9:30 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. 25A/108.
 

Sat. Apr. 12 – SMITHTOWN SCRAMBLE:

                9:00 AM – 10 miles – moderate to fast – varied – Info: Andy, 631-696-8089.

 See Hidden Pond, Bow Drive Marsh, Miller Pond and Stump Pond on our L.I. Trail; bring lunch and liquid; heavy rain cancels; meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule).
 

Sat. Apr. 12 -- 19TH CENTURY MEN’S WORK:

1:00 to 3:00 PM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.  

Tour the Blydenburgh-Weld House and grounds, and see a live demonstration of blacksmithing by Alan Vogel in the old icehouse next to the Blydenburgh-Weld House; $3.00 donation per person requested; meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule); take a walk in Blydenburgh before or after!
 

Sun. Apr. 13 – BROOKHAVEN LOOP:

                9:30 AM – 8 miles – moderate to fast – mostly flat – Info: Ray, 631-928-2989. 

Hike a hilly off-the-beaten-track trail out as far as the kettle pond area, then return by the yellow-blazed Brookhaven trail; rain or snow cancels; bring snack and water; take Wm. Floyd Pky. (C.R. 46) north to NY 25A, go east a short distance to Shoreham-Wading River H.S.; meet at s.w. corner of parking lot.
 

Sun. Apr. 13 – BACKPACKING LECTURE:

10:00 AM – Info: Bill R., 631-514-9487.
Come to the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70 and learn what to carry on a backpacking hike; tips for lightening the load and making a trip easier; photos from hikes will be shown; plan for joining summer and fall backpacking trips.

 

Sunday, April 13 – NORTHERN STATE KNOCKABOUT:
            8:45 AM – 16 miles – fast – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223
This triangular path connects the Nassau-Suffolk Trail to the Walt Whitman Trail!  Start out in Bethpage, hike to Melville, and back over to Plainview, traversing a few exits along the Northern State Parkway.    A brief snack stop at the West Hills dog park is sure to entertain.  This hike will be fast and is great training for the big 32 miler in June;   hiking experience recommended;  bring water & snacks;   meet at Bethpage State Park picnic area (Seaford Oyster Bay Expwy/NY135 exit 8, Plainview Rd ), in the far left side of the parking lot.

 

Fri. Apr. 18 – 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. Apr. 19 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:

11:00 AM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753, or Trails Center, 631-852-3449.

Reptile Program: The animal-rescue group Star Foundation presents a fascinating look at live critters; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70. 
 

Sun. Apr. 20 – NORTHWEST WOODS HIKE:

10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate to brisk – varied – Info only, call Rick: (631) 267-6608.

The sparkling shore of Northwest Harbor beckons on this classic hike through the oak forest and white pine groves of Northwest Woods; we'll follow some of the oldest woods trails in Northwest, and some of the newest, hiking through greenbelts and into the Grace Estate Preserve; bring lunch and liquid; meet on Hands Creek Road at Van Scoy's Path West, East Hampton; from North Main St. in East Hampton, go west on Cedar St. to right turn onto Hand’s Creek Path.
 

Mon. Apr. 21 – OAK BRUSH PLAINS SPECIAL:

                10:00 AM – 2-3 miles – easy – flat – Info, Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk in the now-rare remnants of the Oak Brush Plains; we’ll explore Edgewood Preserve, then take a car trip to the nearby Bishop’s Tract for a brief look at another, lesser known patch of oak brush; rain cancels; meet at Edgewood Preserve parking lot, east side of Commack Rd., north of the LIRR Ronkonkoma line; from the north, take L.I.E. Exit 52, go south on Commack Rd. E: 2caseys@optonline.net.
 

Thurs. Apr. 24 – NORTH END HIKE:

                9:30 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. 25A/108.
 

Sat. Apr. 26 – JONES BEACH WALK:

10:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Joe, 516-334-0076.

Take a spring walk at the popular West End of Jones Beach; meet at West End parking lot; bring water, rain cancels.
 

Sat. Apr. 26 –GREAT RIVER TO CONNETQUOT PARK:

10:15 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Terrie 631-885-4543.

Enjoy an out-and-back walk to Connetquot River State Park Preserve's fish hatchery; bring water, snack and lunch; joint with NHOC; rain cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; take NY 27 to Connetquot Ave., go south to tracks;  meet on south side of station.
 

Sat. Apr. 26 – PINE TRAIL OUT-AND-BACK:

9:30 AM – 6.5 miles – fast – flat – Info: Ray 631-928-2989. 

Hike on the Paumanok Path Trail, passing Sandy and Grassy ponds and going as far as Schultz Road and back; bring bug spray and water; meet at Pine Trail Preserve parking lot, NY 25, 6/10 mile east of Wm. Floyd Pkwy.
 

Sat. Apr. 26 – 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. Apr. 27 – HECKSCHER LOOP:

                9:30 – 4-5 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Walk the back woods of Heckscher State Park; foul weather cancels; bring water; meet at Timber Pt. Pk. West Marina (So. St. Pky. to Exit 45E, right at first light onto Great River Rd.; follow straight to park; follow park road past clubhouse and driving range to head of canal). E: 2caseys@optonline.net.
 

Sun. Apr. 27 – CONNETQUOT PLUS BAYARD CUTTING:

        10:30 AM – 6 or 10 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Quyen (Quinn) 631-234-5486, AM of hike only. An interesting hike to Connetquot Park Preserve; see ponds, river, fish hatchery and wildlife, then on to the beautiful Arboretum; bring water and lunch; rain cancels; meet at Great River LIRR station; Southern
State Parkway to Exit 45E - Montauk Highway (NY 27A) East; make a left at first light onto Connetquot Avenue; station is two block north on left; joint hike with NHOC. E: qwpham@yahoo.com.

 

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