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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

July 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 and travel to the end of the road, making the last possible left.  At the end of Mill Road travel past a Blydenburgh County Park sign, through open metal cyclone gates.  Pass a sign indicating that the park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Continue past a sign indicating “Parking Area” with arrow and “Authorized Vehicles Only Beyond This Point”.  Don’t follow the arrow.  Pass by a wooden half-gate with the sign “Authorized Vehicles Only”.  Turn left up the long winding (very dark at night) driveway marked with a sign saying “Blydenburgh Weld House, Visitor Reception Center, Museum Shop, L.I. Greenbelt Trail”.  From Route 347, find Brooksite Dr. between the 347-454 junction and Rt. 111; head north on Brooksite to New Mill Rd.; go left onto Mill Road. 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.

NOTE: Some Greenbelt hikes are intended for our members only. Other organizations or media outlets wishing to list our events should NOT use this publication for information; instead, please call our Office, 631-360-0753, and request our Media List.

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).  

Sat. July 5 – GREAT RIVER RAMBLE:

9:00 AM – 3.5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.

Hike the L.I. Trail from Timber Point to Great River station, passing through pine barrens; suitable for all ages; heavy rain cancels; bring water; meet for car shuttle at Great River LIRR station (NY 27 to Connetquot Ave., south to station; park on south side). E: 2caseys@optonline.net.  

Sun. July 6 – CENTRAL PARK FAST RAMBLE:

Noon – about 5 miles – brisk – mostly flat – Info:  Dorothy Lourdou, 212-685-6443.

A hike run by the NYC-based Shorewalkers organization; a briskly-paced afternoon exploration of various parts of Central Park such as Strawberry Fields, the Ramble, Shakespeare Garden, Belvedere Castle, the Reservoir, the Loch, the North Woods, Harlem Meer, and Conservatory Garden; bring snack & water; wear sturdy shoes; heavy rain will cancel, showers will not.  Meet at 72nd St. (NE corner) and Central Park West. 

 

Sat. July 12 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:

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

Manorville: The Trails Information Center is located in an area rich with history; hear the history of Manorville from lifelong resident Betty Danowski; stroll the trails at the Center afterwards; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.

Sat. July 12 – AMAGANSETT TO NAPEAGUE STATE PARK:

10:35 AM – Distance TBA – moderate – varied – Info: Robert Kess, 631-225-0297.   

A hike run by the Shorewalkers club; walk the Paumanok Path through Pine Barrens and sand dunes, then return to Amagansett along the beach; bring lunch, water, sun blocker, repellent and bathing suit; meet at Amagansett LIRR station on Montauk Hwy. (meeting 7:46 train from Penn Sta.)

 

Sun. July 13 –No Guided Hike Today

 Fri. July 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.

Fri. July 18 – MOON WALK:

8:30 PM – 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.

Bring a flashlight for a walk in the Pine Barrens under a full moon; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70; rain may cancel.

Sat. July 19 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:

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

Bring Science to the Shore: With over 20 million people living within 50 miles of Long Island Sound, it is important that each of us work to protect and restore this estuary of national importance. Come join us to learn about Long Island Sound, the current efforts to restore it, and how you can help! Presented by Larissa Graham of New York Sea Grant; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.

 Sun. July 20 – NISSEQUOGUE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:
7:30 AM – 9 miles – fast – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Rise and shine for an early hike with the birds from Smithtown Landing along the scenic Nissequogue River to the Sunken Meadow bluffs and back;  bring water and snacks; meet at the Smithtown Landing Golf Course (from jct. NY 25-25A-111 in Smithtown, go west on Main St. to Landing Ave. (picture frame store on corner), then turn north on Landing Ave. to GC; follow park road to parking lot and meet at the river side of lot. E: sharimit@yahoo.com.

Sun. July 20 – FIRE ISLAND BREAKFAST SPECIAL:

8:00 AM – 4-5 miles – easy – flat, sandy –

Info: Quyen (Quinn) 631-234-5486, AM of hike only.

Enjoy early morning sun and fresh air by board walking to The In Restaurant in Kismet for breakfast, then return along the ocean; optional exploration of nearby communities; bring water, hat and sunscreen lotion; rain cancels; meet at south east corner of Robert Moses State Park Field 5 (easternmost); parking fee or free with Empire Pass; joint hike with NHOC. E: qwpham@yahoo.com.

Wed. July 23 – 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.

 Sat. July 26 – PINE BARRENS DISCOVERY SERIES:    
11:00 AM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753, or Trails Center, 631-852-3449.
Owl Discovery Hour: Meet real, live owls and get an in-depth look into the fascinating world of this common but seldom seen local inhabitant, courtesy of Volunteers for Wildlife; enjoy up-close observation of their amazing nocturnal hunting adaptations; recommended for 3rd graders and up; $3 Donation per person; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.

 Sat. July 26 – SUNSET AT NORMAN LEVY PRESERVE:
5:30 PM -3 miles – easy – some hills – Info: Rich or Lisa, 516-826-8339.
Join the Friends of Massapequa Preserve on a spectacular hike to the 125-foot peak of our planned Meadowbrook Parkway Trail; you can see for miles, including NYC skyline; birds and wildlife galore; bring camera and/or binoculars for the magnificent views from this sunny oasis above Hempstead Bay; insect repellent may be needed; children 10 or older welcome; take Meadowbrook Pky. to Exit 9E; take first right off Merrick Rd. into Town of Hempstead Dept. of Sanitation facility; guard will let you through entrance gate to preserve; rain cancels.

Sun. July 27 -- No Guided Hike Today


 

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