Parks in Brookhaven
Brookhaven is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors. With a multitude of parks and preserves, Brookhaven is ideal for nature walks, picnicking, birdwatching, camping, orienteering, or just exploring.
Brookhaven State Park
Wildwood State Park, Route 25, 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.
Cathedral Pines County Park Campground
Yaphank-Middle Island Road Middle Island, NY 631-852-5502, reservations: 631-244-7275
Hiking, camping, mountain biking, bridle paths, picnicking. This 320 acre site is situated along the headwaters of the Carmans River. Facilities include campsites for individuals, youth group camping and club camping (10 or more units) and family camping, including 10 sites with water and electric hookups. Picnic sites and the George Broome Memorial Activity Building are also available. Adjacent to Cathedral Pines Park is Prosser Pines Nature Preserve, which features a majestic stand of white pines planted in 1812. Prosser Pines is a popular site for hikers and photographers.
Robert Cushman Murphy County Park
Old River Road, Manorville, New York, 11949 - 631-854-4949
Robert Cushman Murphy, the county's first natural park, offers fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and a biological research center.
This park is a favorite for hiking and bird watching. Rare coastal plain pondshore habitat provides professional scientists with opportunities to conduct important biological experiments and inventories. Hunting, managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, is permitted seasonally on portions of the property (For more information contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation). Fishing for large mouth bass, eastern chain pickeral, yellow perch, blue gill, bullhead catfish and pumpkinseed sunfish is permitted to NYS licensed fishermen on the 60 acre Swan Pond.
Smith Point County Park
Fire Island, Shirley (631) 852-1313 Camping Reservations: (631) 244-7275 Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Smith Point - the county's largest oceanfront park - offers swimming, scuba diving, surfing, saltwater fishing, camping, outer beach access, food concession, playground, showers, & special events in season.
Smith Point, on the Fire Island barrier beach, is a haven for sportsmen, surfers and beach lovers. An extremely popular facility, the park's white sands, rolling Atlantic surf and adjoining camping facility attract Suffolk County residents and tourists each summer season. Reservations are required for all the sites in the campground. All sites have water, and many have electric hookups and sewers. Outer beach camping is available on first come, first served basis, beach conditions permitting. A nationally recognized team of lifeguards makes Smith Point its home base, providing ocean visitors with an extra-special safety feature.
Off-road vehicles , with permit only, may drive on the western portion of the outer beach. All beach-goers are advised to respect the marked, protective fencing around the nest sites of endangered shorebirds inhabiting the ocean and bay beaches. The Smith Point Beach Hut features a diverse menu and seafood specialties. Special events are scheduled throughout the summer months at Smith Point County Park.
Southaven County Park
Victory Avenue, Brookhaven Park Office: (631) 854-1414
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Hiking, camping, picnicking, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, canoeing, hunting and bridle paths.
The Carmans River flows through this scenic, pine-oak forested park. Southaven is a popular picnicking site, containing group areas capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people. Southaven's 1,356 acres also offer a bicycle hostel. Boating and freshwater fishing are permitted. Camping is also available, with sites for tents and trailers.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
Bald Hill, Farmingville (631) 854-4949
Situated on top of Bald Hill, one of the highest points on Long Island, this monument was constructed under the guidance of the Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee in 1991. The monument, a sharply sloping pyramid, painted boldly in the colors of our nation's flag, acknowledges the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam Veterans - those who died, those who were wounded, and the men and women who served. It is hoped the memorial will help heal the trauma of those war years in a spirit of reconciliation and remembrance. This site affords a spectacular and inspirational, unobstructed view of Suffolk County for miles in all directions. A large parking area exists for the convenience of visitors.
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
360 Smith Rd., Shirley, New York 11967
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The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge on the south shore of Long Island is one of the last undeveloped estuary systems remaining on Long Island. Approximately half of the refuge consists of aquatic habitats including bay with marine seagrass beds, intertidal saltmarsh, high saltmarsh, freshwater marsh, shrub swamp, and red maple swamp. The refuge's saltmarshes, combined with the adjacent New York State-owned saltmarsh, form the largest continuous saltmarsh on Long Island.
The remaining half of the refuge is upland featuring the rare Pine Barren habitats of pitch pine, oak-pine, mixed oak, pioneer hardwood, upland shrub, and grasslands.
Preserves in Brookhaven
Avalon Park and Preserve
200 Harbor Road. Stony Brook
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A nature park dedicated to maintaining the natural balance of flora and fauna within a preserve environment. Visitors are encouraged to tread lightly as they enjoy this world of ecological balance.
Calverton Ponds Preserve
Old River Road, Calverton
This 350-acre oak-pine forest contains coastal plain ponds, which represent one of the rarest wetland types in North America. The Preserve is home to more than 30 rare plants, several rare amphibians and fish and rare damselflies, butterflies and moths. A quiet, easy hike for contemplative nature lovers.