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L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference
P.O. Box 5636
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-360-0753 Fax 631-360-8127
November 2008 Hikes
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Saturdays – BLYDENBURGH HOUSE AND HISTORIC TOUR EVERY SATURDAY:
1:00 PM – 1 hour - easy – flat – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.
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).
Standard Time returns at 2:00 AM Nov. 2. Set your clocks back one hour.
Sun. Nov. 2 –
3:00 PM 3-4 miles – easy – flat – Info:
Say goodbye to daylight savings time with a walk in this county park on the South Shore; beginners welcome; meet at the Flight 800 Memorial parking lot, north side of Montauk Hwy, east of Belleview Avenue, just west of Kaler’s Pond, East Moriches; rain cancels.
Sun. Nov. 2 – HECKSCHER HIKE:
10:30 AM – 4+ miles – moderate – flat – Info: Terrie, 631-885-4543.
We will hike at moderate pace to the
Tues. Nov. 4 –VOTE AND WALK:
9:30 AM – 6 to 7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: George, 516-249-5041.
Exercise your right to vote, then exercise your body with a walk on the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt; meet on the north side of Jericho Turnpike (NY 25) at parking area just west of Woodbury Rd. for a loop north to Stillwell Woods and back; bring water; rain cancels.
Thurs. Nov. 6 –
10:00 AM – 5 miles – easy – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Walk the Nassau-Suffolk Trail from
Sat. Nov. 8 –
10:00 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9494.
Autumn is prime time for a hike through diverse
Lakeland and pristine Connetquot Parks; bring water; rain cancels; meet at
Westbrook sports fields; from So.
Sun. Nov. 9
– FALL COLORS IN
1:00 PM – 3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Rich or Lisa, 516-826-8339.
Don’t forget a camera to capture the fall foliage
along the lakes, streams and woodlands of this beautiful, 423-acre preserve;
joint hike with Friends of Massapequa Preserve; children 10 or older welcome;
rain cancels; from NY 27, take
Sun. Nov. 9
8:15 AM – 11 miles – fast – varied – Info:
Hike from NY 347 in Smithtown, up past Miller Pond, around
Stump Pond, and back down to 347; part linear, part loop, this hike will be fast
with mostly flat terrain and a few hills; bring water and snack; meet on West
Avenue in Smithtown; from NY 347 and Terry Rd. (C.R. 16), go north on
Terry one block to first left (South Ave.); follow to end and park on street.
Fri. Nov. 14 – TRAILS CENTER SPECIAL:
9:00 AM – 4 miles – easy to moderate – flat – Info: Vinnie, 631-209-0030.
Start the weekend early with a walk from the
Fri. Nov. 14 – PINE BARRENS NIGHT HIKE:
7:30PM – 4 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
Meet at the
Sat. Nov. 15 – CONNETQUOT FALL SINGLES EXPLORATION:
10:00 AM – 1-1/2 to 2 hours – moderate – flat – Info:
Wander this beautiful state park preserve; rain cancels;
bring water and $ for optional lunch out after walk; meet at main entrance to
Connetqout Park (north side of NY 27, west of Oakdale-Bohemia Rd.; from the
west, take Exit 47A, follow signs to u-turn for park; fee, or free with Empire
Sat. Nov. 15 – STUMP POND WALK:
1:00 PM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Nancy B., 631-462-6159; cell:
Take a late autumn walk around the always beautiful pond in
Sat. Nov. 15 – COLONIAL COOKING WITH DEANNA NELSON:
1:00 to 3:00 PM – Info: Office, 631-360-0753.
Step back in time and experience what it was like to cook
during colonial days with a wood burning stove and “kitchen gadgets” of the day!
Tour the Blydenburgh-Weld House while you are here! Meet at our Office(see
directions at top of schedule).
Sun. Nov. 16 – PINE BARRENS IN AUTUMN:
9:30 AM – 7 miles – moderate to fast – mostly flat – Info: Andy, 631-696-8089.
We hope to
still some remaining colorful leaves on this beautiful late fall hike in the
western pine barrens; very diverse scenery including Grassy, Sandy and Jones
Ponds; bring lunch and liquid; heavy rain cancels; meet at the Trails
Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70.
Wed. Nov. 19 - 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.
Thurs. Nov. 20 –REDISCOVER THE RED DOT TRAIL:
9:30 AM – 5 to 6 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: George, 516-249-5041.
for a walk on the “Red Dot” side of West Hills County Park; while most walk the
wonderful Walt Whitman Trail, let’s dare to be different for once and take a
loop on the Red Dot Trail at the north end of the park; bring water; rain
cancels; take Round Swamp Rd. north from the L.I.E. to High Hold Drive; make a
right onto High Hold, proceed up the hill to parking on the left side of road.
Thurs. Nov. 20 – 30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER:
Please join us as we celebrate three decades of hard work and good fun. See details in the center of the newsletter.
Sat. November 22, 2008, 10:00 a.m. “Green Cooperative Volunteer Day” David A. Sarnoff Preserve
Sponsored by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference
The section of the Paumanok Path that runs through the State D.E.C. David Sarnoff Preserve is in danger of being reclaimed by blueberry and bear oak. A cooperative effort from the entire trails community is necessary if we hope to keep this 2.5 mile section of our magnificent regional initiative open and contiguous. In the prior description of this event, it was mentioned that “the State D.E.C. will only allow volunteers to use hand tools to maintain their trails in the preserve.” This has changed. The fact that all of this region’s trail groups have recently solicited assistance in this trail work event has driven home to the State D.E.C. that there is a wide support for our trails and the land managers (no longer having the resources themselves) wish to encourage this type of partnership in the future. As a result of a recent discussion with State DEC, we were given permission to use power tools on this trail work outing. Individuals and groups have sporadically worked to cut back these trails, but if it were not for the newly painted blazes, we would not be able to follow the path here. The plan is for people with hand tools to move ahead of those using the power tools to reestablish the route, clear the trail tread, and decrease the overgrowth, so the power tools are not overwhelmed. If you have clippers and hedge trimmers, please bring them. Please, bring water and a snack.
There is an ever growing challenge of restoring many miles of trails not only in this preserve, but throughout Long Island. There is no way that we can solve this problem through a single work outing, no matter how successful we are in bringing about a large coalition effort, but we will be able to show the land managers and other public and appointed officials that the trails are important to us, and not only are we committed to caring for them, but we would also like to bring about a more effective plan for making them sustainable.
To get to the David Sarnoff Preserve State Department of Environmental Conservation parking area in Riverhead: The dirt parking area is on the west side of C.R. 104 midway between where the road intersects with C.R. 105 to the north and C.R. 31 to the south. From the Riverhead circle, take C.R. 104 south approximately 2 miles. From Sunrise Highway heading east, take Exit 63 (C.R. 31 North) to C.R. 104 North. Travel a short distance and the parking lot will be on the left side of the road.
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Sat. Nov. 22 – MUTTONTOWN PRESERVE WALK:
10:00 AM – 4-5 miles – easy – varied – Info: Joe, 516-334-0076.
great preserve in East Norwich; bring water; rain cancels; meet at Nature Center
in Preserve; go north on NY106, make a left turn at NY 25A, another left after
one-tenth mile to Muttontown Lane; Preserve entrance is straight ahead.
Sat. Nov. 22 – STUMP POND CIRCULAR HIKE:
10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Terrie, 631-885-4543.
moderate-paced hike around the 120-acre
pond is in the middle of Blydenburgh Park is not
snack/lunch and water; joint with NHOC;
at south entrance
of Blydenburgh Park, north side of NY 347 opposite county office complex in
Sun. Nov. 23 –TERRELL RIVER COUNTY PARK:
9:30 AM – 4 miles – easy – mostly flat – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950.
Hike a beautiful trail looping around to a beach on Moriches Bay with views of a marsh; rain cancels; bug spray is a good idea; meet at Terrell River parking area on south side of C.R. 80; take NY 27 to Exit 59, south on Wading River Rd, right on Railroad Ave., then left on Main Street; park is on the right on Main St. (C.R. 80).
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