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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 2009 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 our mailed hike list in Footnotes for information; instead, please use this website or call our Office, 631-360-0753, and request our Media List.

 

Fri. Apr. 3 – 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 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. 4 – COLD SPRING HARBOR HILL HOP AND MEMBERS’ MEETING:
11:30 AM – 2 miles – moderate – hilly – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Take a short but hilly walk on the north end of the Nassau-Suffolk Trail to warm up for our Members’ Meeting, which begins at 1:00 PM; BYO lunch for the meeting, and we’ll have other refreshments for you; bring water; rain or bad footing cancels the walk; meet in Cold Spring Harbor Library parking lot, NY 25A, between NY 108 and the shopping district of Cold Spring Harbor. E: 2caseys@optonline.net.

Sun. Apr. 5 – PINE PROWL:
9:30 – 8.6 miles – moderate to fast – flat – Info: Andy, 631-696-8089.
Walk the westernmost section of the Pine Barrens Trail, traversing the site of the 1995 Rocky Point wildfire; very diverse scenery; meet at Pine Trail parking lot, NY 25, 6/10-mile east of Wm. Floyd Pkwy.; bring lunch and liquid; heavy rain cancels.

Mon. Apr. 6 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:
10:00 AM – Info: Nancy D., 516-617-0105 or 631-744-9815.
Help clear the trails or take a hike to reconnoiter for trails to trim.  This will be a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens anywhere from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays dependent upon the weather and the leader availability.  If you want to receive e-mail notification of the location and details for each week’s event, send email to pinehikes@optonline.net.  Otherwise, call one of the numbers above.

Sat. Apr. 11 –TERRELL RIVER COUNTY PARK WALK: 
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; meet at Terrell River parking area on south side of C.R. 80 across from Audubon Center and Flight 800 Park; take NY27 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); additional parking on north side of road.

Sat. Apr. 11 – BACKPACKING SEMINAR:
 10:00 AM – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
Learn what to carry and tricks to lighten the load for long distance backpacking trips; meet at the Trails Information Center, 1/4 mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70; if anyone wants to join Bill for trips this summer in the Delaware Water Gap, Hudson River Valley or Connecticut, please let him know.

Sun. Apr. 12 – EASTER SUNDAY HOP-ALONG: 
9:45 AM – 5.7 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Bill, 631-514-9487.
The Easter Bunny has jellybeans and Peeps for all!  Meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule); rain may cancel; bring water; we’ll meet Shari’s Macaroon Meander at the beginning, middle and end.

Sun. Apr. 12 –MACAROON MEANDER:
9:45 AM – 5.7 miles – moderate – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Join this fun, family-friendly loop around Stump Pond; hikers will get to enjoy Passover macaroons (and matzah) at the end and look for Easter Bunny Bill along the trail; meet at our Office (see directions at top of schedule) at the same time as Bill R.’s Easter Bunny Hike; we’ll head out in opposite directions, pass in the middle, and meet back at the end for treats; bring water. E: sharimit@yahoo.com.

Mon. Apr. 13 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:  
10:00 AM – Info: Nancy D., 516-617-0105 or 631-744-9815.
Help clear the trails or take a hike to reconnoiter for trails to trim.  This will be a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens anywhere from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays dependent upon the weather and the leader availability.  If you want to receive e-mail notification of the location and details for each week’s event, send email to pinehikes@optonline.net.  Otherwise, call one of the numbers above.Wed
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Apr. 15 – TAX DAY-TAX GRIPE HIKE:
10:45 AM – 3.5-4 miles – moderate – flat – Info:  George 516-249-5041. 
Meet at the LIRR Ticket Booths at Penn Station in NYC for an amble to the National Debt Clock at 6th Ave. and 44th St., then downtown to historic Trinity Church at Wall Street and Broadway where we will examine the graves of Treasury Secretary’s Alexander Hamilton and Albert Gallatin; come share your ideas for improving our federal tax system with a member of the national Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (see related newsletter article); bring water; rain cancels; moderate pace and flat terrain, but beware the midtown and downtown traffic.

Sat. Apr. 18 – TARGET ROCK WALK:  
10:00 AM – 3 miles – easy – varied – Info: Joe, 516-334-0076.  
Explore a beautiful Wildlife Refuge on the North Shore; bring water; rain cancels; from Main St. in Huntington, wets of NY 110, take West Neck Rd. north through Lloyd Harbor; past Caumsett. Park, road curves and becomes Sound Bay Drive; entrance on right.

Sat. Apr. 18 – BAYARD CUTTING SINGLES WALK: 
10:30 AM – 2 hours – easy – flat – Info: Charlotte, 631-929-1035.
We’ll be starting this walk in the beautiful Arboretum; entrance is on Montauk Hwy. in Great River (So. St. Pky. to Exit 45E, east to entrance, or NY 27 to Connetquot Ave., south to Montauk Hwy., left to Arboretum); meet in parking lot (fee, or free with Empire Pass); if you wish, walk in from LIRR Great River station; rain cancels; enjoy social time after walk at the Arboretum Café, or bring your own lunch and beverage.

Sat. Apr. 18 – 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; meet at our office (see directions at top of schedule); take a walk in Blydenburgh before or after!

Sun. Apr. 19 – BELMONT LAKE RAMBLE:  
10:30 AM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Terrie 631-885-4543.
We will take a moderately-paced hike around the lake and explore a flat hiking trail to Southard Pond; bring water and snack/lunch; joint hike with NHOC; rain cancels; from Exit 38 of Southern State Parkway, follow signs into Belmont Lake State Park; meet on west side of cashiers booth by comfort stations.

Sun. Apr. 19 – CONNETQUOT RIVER RAMBLE: 
1:00 PM – 6 miles – moderate – flat – Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9494.
Take an afternoon hike through diverse Lakeland and pristine Connetquot Parks and on to Westbrook Pond; bring water; rain cancels; meet at Westbrook sports fields; from So. St. Pky. Exit 45E, go east on Montauk Hwy. (C.R. 80); just past Bayard Cutting Arboretum, go uphill over the LIRR and turn left at Wheeler Rd. to parking at bottom of hill.
E: 2caseys@optonline.net.

Mon. Apr. 20 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:
10:00 AM – Info: Nancy D., 516-617-0105 or 631-744-9815.
Help clear the trails or take a hike to reconnoiter for trails to trim.  This will be a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens anywhere from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays dependent upon the weather and the leader availability.  If you want to receive e-mail notification of the location and details for each week’s event, send email to pinehikes@optonline.net. Otherwise, call one of the numbers above.

Thu. Apr. 23 WALT WHITMAN LOOP: 
9:30 AM – 3.8 miles – moderate – hilly - Info: Tom or Sherri, 631-567-9484.
Take a walk in West Hills Park, including Jayne’s Hill, the highest spot on L.I.; bring snack and water; rain cancels; from L.I.E. Exit 49 or No. St. Pky. Exit 40, go north on NY 110; a mile north of pky., turn left at sign for Whitman Birthplace Hist. Site; turn left onto West Hills Rd., left again at stop sign at Reservoir Rd.; continue to end of Reservoir Rd.

Fri. Apr. 24 – 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 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. 25 – MANORVILLE HILLS COUNTY PARK:
9:30 AM – 6 to 7 miles – moderate - hilly spots – Info: Ray, 631-764-1950.   
Hike through a rugged section of the new Manorville Hills County Park, meeting up with a part of the Paumonok Path in the return to the parking area; rain cancels; meet at Manorville Hills parking area on east side of C.R. 111, midway between the LI Expressway and C.R. 51; take I-495 east to Exit 70, south on C.R. 111 to park entrance on the left.

Sat. Apr. 25 – FINDING YOUR WAY IN THE WOODS WITH MAP AND COMPASS: 
10:00 AM – 2-3 miles – easy – flat – Info: Nancy D., 631-744-9815.
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 sills; bring a compass or buy one at the Trail Center; map provided; families welcome; meet at the Trails Information Center, ¼ mile north of L.I.E. Exit 70. E: nduffrin@optonline.net.

Sun. Apr. 26 –CENTRAL L.I. GREENBELT TRAIL STRETCH:  
8:15 AM – 16 miles – fast – varied – Info: Shari, 516-721-0223.
Great training hike for June 14 and preview of the mid-section of the 32-mile trail, from Lakeland County Park north to Brooksite Drive and back; hiking experience recommended;  bring water and snacks; meet at Lakeland County Park (L.I.E. Exit 58, south on Old Nichols Rd. to Johnson Ave., left to park; or L.I.E. Exit 59, south on Ocean Ave. to Johnson, right to park).  E: sharimit@yahoo.com.

Mon. Apr. 27 – MONDAY ON THE PAUMANOK PATH:
10:00 AM – Info: Nancy D., 516-617-0105 or 631-744-9815.
Help clear the trails or take a hike to reconnoiter for trails to trim.  This will be a regular Monday activity in the Pine Barrens anywhere from Rocky Point to Hampton Bays dependent upon the weather and the leader availability.  If you want to receive e-mail notification of the location and details for each week’s event, send email to pinehikes@optonline.net.  Otherwise, call one of the numbers above.

 

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