CAUMSETT STATE PARK
Entrance: $4 per car on May 25-Sept. 2, weekends/holidays Sept. 7-Oct. 14. Formerly the estate of newspaper entrepreneur Marshall Field III, the 1,500-acre park sits at the head of a scenic peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound.
Phone: (631) 423-1770
Overview: Everyone is entitled to explore the nature focusing on many aspects of the Caumsett environment. Caumsett offers outstanding exposures of Pleistocene glacial deposits and features related to shoreline development along Long Island Sound. A trip to the shore involves a five mile hike along park roads, trails and the gravel covered shoreline. A visit to Caumsett is study in every aspect of living. The park has also beautiful gardens, excellent fishing, and scuba diving by permit.
History: In 1921, the property was bought by the Marshall Field III, and had an estate house built there in 1925. The Marshall Field House is situated on top of a mound of the Harbor Hill moraine. The area was originally wooded and many of the large oaks now seen were retained during the clearing of the land. The estate had a dairy farm with 80 head of cattle. They farmed the land and grew vegetables. Firewood was collected from the estate ground's large woodlands. In every way it was a self-contained English manor style community with its own water supply and electricity. He called the land by its Matinecock Indian name, Caumsett meaning “place by a sharp rock”. Since 1961, The Caumsett State Park has been administered and supervised by the State of New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Facilities: Caumsett State Park has many to offer including miles of bridle paths, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and nature trails over acres of woodland, meadows, rock shoreline and salt marsh. It also has a variety of habitats, deserted rock shoreline, a large fresh water pond, salt marsh and dense woods.
Events: Summer Run Series, horse shows, and cross-country clinics (dates not set).
Seasons/Hours: The state park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. Admission: April thru November vehicle use fee in effect, Empire Passport accepted. Hours of collection change throughout the season, please call for details.
Pets: Strictly, no pets allowed.