Nature Trails and Hiking in Brookhaven
Brookhaven State Park
Between NY 25 and NY 25A Wading River - 631-929-6031
Once property of Brookhaven National Laboratory and former military installation called Camp Upton, Brookhaven State Park is 1,638-acres and is part of the central core of the Long Island Pine Barrens. For the avid hiker, the park features The Brookhaven Trail, which heads south through the park and hooks up with the white-blazed Paumanok Path.
Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area
Between Routes 25 and 25A Rocky Point - 631-444-0273
The Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area consists of about 5,800 acres, with pitch pine and oak, some open fields. The relaxed hike includes 13.8 miles of marked hiking trails, trailhead for Paumanok Path to Montauk Point, 6 1/2 miles of bridle trails and 30 miles mountain bike trail.
Manorville Hills County Park, Manorville
Manorville Hills offers visitors a remote hiking experience, with some challenging terrain. The property is co-owned by the New York State DEC, the U.S. Navy, and Suffolk County. Expect unmarked trail loops and a serene hike in this section of Long Island. GPS, compass or pedometer encouraged.
Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail
This trail allows residents to walk, jog, bike, and rollerblade through a variety of beautiful, natural environments: old growth forest, woodlands, and meadows. This “pathway to recreation” also helps to connect communities, neighborhoods and parks.
Benjamin Tallmadge Trail
A twenty-one-mile trail that spans from Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai through Manor St. George in Mastic. The sometimes-paved trail is marked along roadsides (“bike trail”) as it snakes north to south.
Click here to view the Benjamin Tallmadge Trail Walking Guide.
Click here to view the Benjamin Tallmadge Historic Trail Map.
Victory Park, Brookhaven
With about 1,323 acres and more than 3 miles of bridle trails, Southaven Park is a popular site for hikers. The Carmans River flows through this scenic, pine-oak forested park. Also includes accommodations for picnics, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, canoeing, hunting, and camping.
Pinebarrens Trails Information Center
County Road 111, Manorville (631) 852-3449 (seasonal)
Hiking, environmental education, visitor center. Situated conveniently near several access points to hiking trails in the Pine Barrens, this facility was established to provide the public with environmental interpretation of the Pine Barrens. Exhibits include information on Pine Barrens Coastal Plain Ponds and Pine Barrens land and wildlife management. Informative literature and brochures are also available at the center. A short, interpretive "Blueberry Loop" trail has been routed on the grounds of the center to give visitors a sampling of a Pine Barrens outdoor experience. Also on the grounds is El's Trail, a 3/4 mile accessible trail (trail chair available.) A children's "Pine Barrens Touch Museum" is another highlight of the Pine Barrens Trail Information Center. Open Friday - Monday, from May - October.
Long Island Seashore Trail (Watch Hill to Smith Point County Park)
This hiking and walking trail is 7 miles in length, and offers pedestrians an opportunity to appreciate one of Long Island’s most revered environments: its beaches.
Ownership: National Park Service, 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue, NY 11772 Suffolk County Parks & Recreation, P.O Box 144, Montauk Highway, West Sayville, NY 11796