Parks, Trails and Beaches

A visit to the picturesque North Fork provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy natural beauty and tranquility. Enjoy serene bike rides and hiking on on country roads and through lush parks. Visit our unspoilt miles of beaches. The North Fork is completely surrounded by water - The Sound and the Bay, so there are endless beaches to visit, and historic lighthouses to marvel.

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1900 Mill Road,
Mattituck, NY
Mill Road Preserve
23800 Route 25
Cutchogue, NY
Downs Farm Preserve

A 51-acre wooded parcel that is the site of Ft. Corchaug, a Native American fort, which is listed on the National Park Register of Historic Places.

Downs Farm Preserve has a miles of passive recreation trails and adjoins productive farmlands and the tidal wetland of Downs Creek.

1585 Soundview Avenue
Peconic, NY
Goldsmith Inlet Park

A 35-acre parcel with a 1/2 mile trail leading to Long Island Sound, from the trailhead, located on Soundview Avenue.

The mature woodlands, tidal wetlands, Goldsmith Inlet Pond and 1500 feet on L.I. Sound are great for bird-watching.

3690 Cedar Beach Road
Southold, NY
Cedar Beach County Park

A 68-acre park with over 2,800 feet on Shelter Island Sound.

The park provides the visitor with great vistas of Shelter Island Sound and the mudflats, sandbars and the saltwater marshes of Cedar Beach Harbor.

63445 Route 25
Southold, NY
Arshamomaque Pond Preserve

A 54-acre wooded preserve with several trails that wind through a mature woodlands, by vernal ponds and along the saltwater wetlands of Arshamomque Pond.

1105 Chapel Lane
Greenport, NY
Arshamomaque Preserve

A 120-acre preserve owned by the Town of Southold and Suffolk County Parks.

The preserve has 1.3-miles of nature trails that wander through mature woodlands, freshwater wetlands and open fields.

65275 Route 48
Greenport, NY
Inlet Pond Park

A 55-acre preserve with 1.6-miles of trails leading to Inlet Pond and L.I. Sound.

The North Fork Audubon has a visitor's center and offers nature programs during the year.

11855 Route 48
East Marion, NY
Dam Pond Maritime Reserve

A 36-acre reserve owned by the Town of Southold and Suffolk County Parks.

The reserve encompasses a small, protected bay, maritime scrubland, grasslands, tidal flats, saltwater marshes and mature woodlands.

The trail that wanders through the reserve is 1.2-miles long.

40000 Route 25
Orient, NY
Orient Beach State Park

45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiner's Bay and a rare maritime forest with red cedar, blackjack oak trees and prickly-pear cactus.

Visitors can swim, picnic, play ball, go hiking or biking or walk a nature trail.

41425 Route 25
Orient, NY
Orient Point County Park

A 48-acre park at the tip of Southold Town has a mile-long beach with a 1/2 mile hiking trail.

Bird watching, surfcasting and great views of L. I. Sound are available at the County Park.

Parking is located on the North side of Route 25.

Laurel Lake
Main Road, Route 25
Laurel, NY 11948
Phone: 631-765-1800
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Laurel Lake Preserve

The Preserve is a complex of properties owned by the Town of Southold, Suffolk County Parks Department, Suffolk County Water Authority and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Preserve encompasses approximately 400 acres surrounding Laurel Lake. The Peconic Land Trust facilitated the acquisition of the properties and the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation funded the development of the trail system. The Preserve is part of the Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime Reserve and was included in the NYS DEC Open Space Plan, the Special Groundwater Protection Plan, the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Plan and the Southold Town Community Preservation Plan.

Habitat and Wildlife:
Laurel Lake Preserve is the largest preserve in the Town of Southold. The primary community type is mixed hardwood forest dominated by oaks, hickories, beeches and maples. Many areas of forest represent communities that are at the mature, climax stage of development, as evidenced by the ease of travel through the sparse understory. These areas consist of a dense canopy structure with an understory of low to medium height shrubs including low-bush blueberry, sheep and mountain laurels, and witch hazel. Several species of woodpeckers inhabit the forests and can be frequently heard hammering on trees in search of food. Other wildlife that may be found in the forest include the American woodcock, owls, fox, woodchucks, deer and squirrels. Make sure to keep a lookout for the area of mixed species forest, where evergreen species including eastern red cedar, northern white cedar and pitch pine mix with the hardwood species. Over time, these areas may convert completely to hardwood forest, but for now, they contribute to the diversity of the preserve.

Laurel Lake Preserve includes large areas that were once farmed or cleared for human use. These old field successional communities are common on Long Island. They are readily identified by areas of warm season grasses including little bluestem, orchard grass and broom sedges, interspersed with small eastern red cedars and stands of black locust. Most of the old field areas at Laurel Lake are found north and west of the lake, although some areas exist in the south and east around the Suffolk County Water Authority property. In several of the old field areas, bluebird and purple martin houses have been erected to encourage these species to nest in this area. These areas also support small coveys of quail. Deer, cottontail rabbits, red fox and woodchucks may be seen in the old field areas as well. Be sure to look above as hawks and falcons frequently soar over the open areas of the preserve hunting for small rodents and birds.

The Preserve encompasses a relatively large wetland component. Besides the 30-acre kettle hole lake that the Preserve is named for, there are several red maple and scrubshrub swamps, vernal pools and emergent marsh wetlands on the property. The lake is a popular fishing area for largemouth bass, sunfish, chain pickerel and brown bullhead catfish. Additionally, brown and rainbow trout can be fished here as they are stocked by the NYS DEC. The vegetated wetlands provide habitat for waterfowl, amphibians, and reptiles. As a result, wood ducks, black ducks, bull frogs, green frogs, and snapping turtles live here. To further encourage the nesting of wood ducks, wood duck boxes have been set up in several of the wetlands.

Several areas of meadow are maintained in the preserve to provide open space and to restore the warm season grasslands that were once common in the Northeast. These areas are mowed seasonally to discourage growth of shrubs and trees. Meadows support a wide range of flowering plant species such as butterfly weed, oxeye daisy, asters, and goldenrod. With their abundance of wildflowers, meadows attract a variety of butterflies and the occasional hummingbird. The meadows, along with the old field community are the most common areas where hunting hawks can be spotted.