Acquired by Southold Town and Suffolk County in 2008, Sound View Dunes Park spans 57 acres of beach, dune, wetland and forest habitats. Hiking, birdwatching, nature photography, fishing and nature study are among the many passive recreational uses visitors may pursue. This park significantly adds to the region’s protected Long Island Sound waterfront, including the Peconic Dunes County Park (37 acres) to the east and Goldsmith Inlet County Park (33 acres) less than a half-mile to the west.
Sound view Dunes Park is truly unique – the trails offer stunning views of Long Island Sound, access to the beach, and a glimpse of the maritime freshwater inter dunal swale community. A rare ecological occurrence in New York State and uncommon globally, maritime freshwater inter dunal swales are low, shallow freshwater wetlands that occur between dunes. The Beach Trail provides a leisurely, a relatively easy, hike of a little more than a third of a mile along the back dune and primary dune to the beach. If walking briskly, the Beach Trail should take less than ten minutes one way. the Forest Trail is a meandering one-mile loop through the forest, freshwater wetland, and back dune. Most people will find this trail to be moderately challenging. The Forest Trail will take 30-40 minutes to hike at a brisk pace.
Thanks to the Bittner Family for their strong commitment to preservation, enabling their land to be protected in perpetuity and enjoyed by all. Southold’s portion of the purchase price was funded through the Community Preservation Fund and a federal grant awarded from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program. These funds were matched by Suffolk County through the Suffolk County Environmental Legacy Fund for Open Space. Funding for the park’s restoration was provided in part by a grant to the Town of Southold from the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.