Connetquot River State Park Preserve maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation of game birds, fish and animals. Deer and waterfowl are numerous, rare nesting birds, including the osprey, are present and there are numerous rare plants, and other interesting flora, such as trailing arbutus and pink lady’s slipper in their natural habitats. The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking, bridle, cross-country skiing, and nature trails, as well as freshwater fly fishing (by permit only) on the Connetquot River.
The Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center is home to the Regional Environmental Education Team of environmental educators. Schools, youth organizations, and special interest groups can make arrangements for interpretive programs and hikes at any of the State Parks on Long Island by calling this office. In addition to group hikes, there are Fun for Kids Activities, Family Adventure Programs, and Adult Ed-ventures for the general public run at several State Parks.
Designated as the first “State Park Preserve” in New York, Connetquot River encourages the long-term protection of our ecological, cultural, and historic resources. Passive activities include hiking, birding, and nature study.
Prohibited Activities: Please note that as a nature preserve, bicycling, picnicking, and pets are not permitted.