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Natural heritage is showcased in the Pine Barrens, one of the largest preserves in New York, which sits atop a freshwater aquifer formed by the retreat of the final glacial ice tide. Located in the eastern interior of the North Shore, the gateway to this "room" is LIE Exit 68 to the William Floyd Parkway in Yaphank. It surrounds the Pine Barrens area in Brookhaven.
A Sampler of Walks in the Long Island Pine Barrens
Take a hike in the Pine Barrens to get an up-close look at this special ecosystem that the Long Island Pine Barrens Society works hard to preserve and protect. The guide has something for everyone, from the advanced hiker looking for a 20 mile adventure, to the beginner who might like to keep the walk short.
Better yet, the selcted trails cover much ground in the Barrens--from Manorville to Hampton Bays--so no matter whre you live on Long Island, there will be a convenient starting point for you. Each trail description is accompanied by a map so you can follow along! You can access a free electronic version of the trail guide on the LI Pine Barrens website. To order a full color copy, call 631-369-3300 or write to LIPBS, 547 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901. A donation to offset printing and shipping costs will be requested.