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.

to download a copy of the North Fork Trails map please visit

http://southoldtown.northfork.net/Announcements/NorthForkTrails.pdf

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.

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.

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.

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

The Group for the East End hosts many fun and educational events here.

Mill Lane
Peconic, NY 11958
Goldsmith Inlet

Sound-front property along west side of Goldsmith's Inlet opposite the County Park on Mill Road, Peconic.  This property does not have lifeguards.  Parking by Southold Town permit only. 

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.

2575 North Bayview Rd.
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631-765-9831
Goose Creek

This facility, off North Bayview Road in South, overlooks Southold Bay and has lifeguards, playground and restrooms.  Parking by Southold Town permit only.

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.

Pier Road
Jamesport, NY 11947
Iron Pier Beach

Beach front swimming area, handicapped accessible - wheelchairs for beach accessibility in season.  Outdooor showers, restrooms, pavilion, playground, snack shack (opened during summer season).  Ample parking

Peconic Lane
Peconic, NY 11958
Jean Cochran Park

This 14 acre park features the 911 Fireman's Memorial, a 1/2 mile walking track, basketball courts, tennis & pickleball courts,hockey rink, football field and baseball fields.  Cochran Park is home for the North Fork Osprey Collegiate Baseball Team.  Find the game schedule at www.hamptonsbaseball.org.

475 Leeton Road
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631-765-5317
Kenney's Beach

At the end of Kenny's Road.  The beach overlooks the sound and has lifeguards and restrooms.  Parking by Southold Town permit only.   

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.

New Suffolk Ave.
Mattituck, NY 11952
Marratooka Lake Preserve

Small town park is accessible from south side of lake.  Fishing is permitted at the lake with a NYS DEC fishing license.

8670 Horton's Lane
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631-765-3363
McCabe's Beach

Located one-half mile east of Kenney's Beach, on North Sea Drive in Southold.  The beach overlooks the sound and has lifeguards and restrooms.  Parking by Southold Town permit only.

1900 Mill Road
Matituck, NY 11952
Mill Road Preserve

A 25-acre parcel with the trailhead located on Mill Road, Mattituck.  The trail winds through 8-acres of grasslands/ shrublands and then into 17 acres of mature woodlans.

Moore's Lane
Greenport, NY 11944
Moore's Woods

190 acre preserve owned and maintained by the Village of greenport.  Features extensive woodland and fresh water wetland areas.  Moore's Drain runs through the woods from Silver Like to Pipes Neck Creek. There is approximately 2.7 miles of trails winding trough Moore's Woods, many of which were created as part of a nature trail system back in 1971. Access to Moore's Woods is available off Moore's Lane as well as Route 25 and County Road 48, Greenport.

2650 Jackson St.
New Suffolk, NY 11956
Phone: 631-734-6646
New Suffolk Beach

Provides lifeguards and beach attendants.  Lifegurads are on duty all week long from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Beach attendants are on staff on weekends only for the summer and can only issue daily parking permits.  Resident and non-resident parking permits must be purchased at the Town Clerk's Office.  A boat launching ramp and ample parking facilities are available, by town permit only, for the general public.

Manhanset Ave.
Greenport, NY 11944
Norman E. Klipp Park

Also known as Gull Pond Beach.  The beach overlooks shelter Island and contains a large parking area, and playground.  Lifeguards and beach attendants are on duty in the summer.  Lifeguards are on duty all week long from 11am to 5pm.  Beach attendendants are on staff on weekends for the summer and can only issue daily parking permits.   Resident and non-resident parking permits must be purchased at the Town Clerk's Office.  Parking and boat launching by Southold Town permit only.

Route 25
East Marion, NY
Old Schoolhouse Park

Ten acre part with tennis courts and basketball.

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.

63445 Route 25
Southold, NY 11971
Paul Stoutenburgh Preserve

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

Pipes Neck Road
Greenport, NY 11944
Pipes Cove Beach

This property does not have lifeguards.  Parking by Southold Town permit only.  At the end of Pipes Neck Road.  Off Rute 25, Greenport.

Park Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-727-5744
Reeves Beach

Beach front swimming area, restrooms, gazebo and parking.  Off of Park Road, Riverhead.

Peconic Lane
Peconic, NY 11958
Robert Tasker Park

Ten acre park with ball fields, tennis courts, playground & bathrooms.

11855 Route 25
East Marion, NY 11939
Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond

36-acre preserve owned by the Town of Southold and Suffolk County Parks.  It encompassed a small, protected bay, maritime shrubland, grasslands, tidal flats, saltwater marshes and mature woodlands.  The trail that wanders through the preserve is 1.2 miles long.

4305 Soundview Ave.
Peconic, NY 11958
Sound View Dunes

Includes 57 acres and includes frontage on Long Island Sound

Peconic Bay Blvd.
Jamesport, NY 11947
Phone: 631-727-5744
South Jamesport Beach

3,000' on Peconic Bay preferred swimming for small children, shallow water. Handicapped accessible - wheel chairs for beach accessibility in season.  Outdoor showers, restrooms, pavilion, playground, snack shack (opened during summer season).  Gazebo, tennis and basketball courts, picnic area,  ample parking.  Restricted area for seasonal Piping Plover breeding - expected thur late June.  Off Peconic Bay Blvd., Jamesport.

2549 Splish Splash Drive
Calverton, NY 11933
Phone: 631-727-3600
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Splish Splash

Splish Splash is one of the best places to visit in Long Island with Kids and is voted one of the Best Water Parks in America by the Travel Channel! With 96 exciting acres of family fun, everywhere you turn you will discover another one-of-a-kind water attraction.

1175 County Road 48
Mattituck, NY 11952
Strawberry Playing Fields & Fairgrpunds
53005 Route 48
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631-765-2362
Town Beach

The most used town-owned beach.  Facilities include restrooms, playground, a picnic area and beach wheelchair for disabled patrons.  Parkng by Southold Town permit only.  Beach has lifeguards and beach attendants on duty on weekends during the summer.  Lifeguards are on duty all week 11am to 5pm.  Beach attendants are on staff on weekends for the summer and can only issue daily parking permits. Parking permits must be purchased at the Town Clerk's office.

Creek Road
Wading River, NY 11792
Phone: 631-727-5744
Wading River Beach

Beach front swimming area, restrooms, gazebo, playground, boat launching access, parking available.  End of Creek Road.

Main Bayview Rd
Southold, NY 11971
Wolf Preserve

This 22 acre preserve owned and maintained by the Peconic Land Trust features two trails totaling approximately 1 mile in length.  The western trail winds through a meadow and red cedars of a regenerating woodland and along a freshwater wetland.  The eastern trail features mature oak and beech trees as well as wetland habitat.  The eastern trail is closed during the spring nesting season and reopens in July.