Glacial kettle ponds and erratics, rolling hills with panoramic vistas,
parabolic dunes, coastal plain ponds, white Atlantic cedar swamps, dwarf
pines, pitcher plants, and painted turtles describe the Pine Barrens, an
area of natural beauty and diversity that welcomes great opportunities
for hiking or strolling through the plentiful hiking trials and natural
areas. For more information regarding specific trails or for
questions about hiking in the Pine Barrens, you can contact the Pine
Barrens Trail Information Center (open from Memorial Day until late
October) at (631)369-9768. Below is a list of unique places you
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Click on the links below to access electronic maps for some of
the featured hikes in our trail guide, "A Sampler of Walks in the Long
Island Pine Barrens" .
Hike: An Introduction Start here to orient yourself with the Pine
Barrens, learn helpful tips for health and safety, and get the details
on permit requirements.
Birch Creek Road, Flanders. This walk
follows tall pine trees all the way down to the shore of Flanders Bay.
Access road on the north side of Route 24.
Brookhaven Trail and Brookhaven State Park
Loops. This site boasts a new network of well-marked trails, is easy to
access and sure to please everyone from all-day hikers to casual
walkers. Access on east side of William Floyd Parkway, north of LIE.
Dwarf Pine Plains. Dwarf pine trees and Buck moths are plentiful here.
Accessed by Sunrise Highway and County Route 31.
Hubbard County Park, easy access off
Route 24 in Hampton Bays.
Pine Barrens Trails Information Center.
“El’s Trail” Easy access off Long Island Expressway Exit 70 in
Manorville Hills County Park. South from
Long Island Expressway Exit 70 in Manorville.
Pine Trail to Sandy and Grassy Ponds. This
trail winds through Rocky Point, Ridge and Manorville. Access point
along Route 25 just east of William Floyd Parkway, in Ridge. This walk
offers a fine introduction to the interior of the Pine Barrens,
including two beautiful ponds, without ever getting too far from
Paumanok Path: Pleasure Drive to Spinney Road a great hike along the
Paumanok Path that traverses the eastern part of the Ronkonkoma Moraine.
Paumanok Path: Wading River Manor Road to Schultz Road. Another
enjoyable stretch of the Paumanok Path, with easy access starting point
Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Take a walk in the
beautiful Refuge for a short course in Pine Barrens ecology!
Rocky Point Natural Resource Management Area - Hike through 5,100
acres of hardwood forest, Harbor Hill Moraine, and kettle holes.
Access point on Route 25A in Rocky Point. You must obtain a DEC
permit to access these trails.
Sarnoff Preserve is located in Riverhead, with easy proximity to
both the North and South Forks.
Other Sites You Might Enjoy:
Randall Pond Nature Trail - located within the DEC's Ridge
Conservation area. The trail stretches through 184 acres of
mixed-wooded and open habitats. No permit is required; open daily
8:30am to 5:00pm. Access point located on Randall Road off of