NISSEQUOGUE RIVER STATE PARK
Directions: The Nissequogue River State Park is located on the banks and bluffs of the Nissequogue River in Kings Park, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It is in the Sunken Meadow Parkway North to SM4. Head east on Pulaski (which changes into Old Dock Rd.) At the 5th traffic light make a right onto St. Johnland Rd. Park entrance is about 1/2 mile on the left.
Nissequogue River State Park
Phone: (631) 269-4927
Overview: There is variety of habitats in the park including tidal and fresh water wetlands and hardwood forests provide habitat to a variety of shore birds, reptiles and amphibians. One of their section has been designated a State Bird Conservation Area. The park has bluffs to challenge rock climbers, stretches with the incline of a billiard green and courses in-between.
The terrain suits bicycles and horses as well as it does shoes and feet, and everyone can trek for hours without the slightest risk of encountering another human. The Nissequogue River State Park also has a soccer field, a canoe and kayak launch, fishing, bird watching, interpretive signs, guided tours and group tours by reservation, plus a conference room which can be rented.
You may find it hard to believe in the primordial ambience of the Park, but this 150-acre former estate of a Psychiatric Center is New York’s newest addition to a list of protected areas for people to enjoy the original outdoors. It is also an important part of the State effort to protect avian life. Guided tours help novices learn the essentials of Biology and Ecology in a most absorbing way. More than 20 kinds of trees, scores of shrub and vine species join herbs to fill medicine and kitchen cabinets and a vast exposition of animal wildlife. The Nissequogue River State Park is a gem in the Suffolk crown of natural wealth.
Facilities: birding (checklist of birds to be viewed available), kayak launch (rentals available, call in advance, 631-269-9261 or 631-979-8244), boat launch at marina, environmental programs (registration and fee required), cross-country skiing. All British Car Show (TBA)
Seasons/Hours: Park grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk.
Pets: Strictly no pets allowed.
Events: Nature Hide-n-Seek, Salt Marsh Exploration, Family Evening Walk, and Family Nature Park (dates not set).