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Greenbelt Trail


According to the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference: "The Long Island Greenbelt Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail, opened in 1978. In its 34 miles, it passes through some 12,000 acres of open land, including four state parks and numerous county and town holdings. Between the sandy beaches on the Great South Bay and the bluffs overlooking the Sound, hikers will find unspoiled pine barrens, upland hardwood forests and the hills of the Ronkonkoma Moraine."

Ken and I hiked this in four segments. For each one we met at the end of the segment, and took one car back to the beginning. We hiked the segment, then picked up the car left at the end to return to the start where the other car was waiting. On the last segment, we extended the hike into a boat outing on the Bay and out to Fire Island.

Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4


Segment 1
Hiked: 3/27/98

Log: Segment one of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail. All Greenbelt hikes accomplished with two cars: meet at the end, leave car one and drive to the start, leave car two, do hike, take car one back to start to car two. Started in Sunken Meadow State Park. Deli lunch by Ken’s house. Sweetbriar Park. Suffolk County Park; needed to unlock combination locks on gate, section on boardwalk. Ended by the bull on 25/25A.

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Segment 2
Hiked: 4/21/98

Log: Segment two of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail. Using day pack with GPS connected to large “egg” antenna. Started by the bull on 25/25A. Caleb Smith State Park; needed to unlock combination locks on gates, section on boardwalk. Along New Mill Pond/Stump Pond and Millers Pond in Blydenburg County Park; section on boardwalk. Ended at dead end of Cedar Ridge Avenue in Smithtown.

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Segment 3
Hiked: 4/29/98

Log: Segment three of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail. Started at dead end of Cedar Ridge Avenue in Smithtown. Hidden Pond Park. Needed to unlock combination locks on gate. Passed by Honeysuckle Pond. Connetquot River State Park; saw fish hatchery, Nicoll Grist Mill. Ended at southern end of park at Sunrise Highway.

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Segment 4
Hiked: 6/23/98

Log: Segment four of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail. For this segment left the car and CurrentSea at the end point. Started at southern end of Connetquot River State Park at Sunrise Highway. Crossed Sunrise through a tunnel along the water. Walked through cool, very dense pine forest. Ended in Heckscher State Park on Great South Bay. Took CurrentSea to Fire Island (see CurrentSea log).

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Finish up at Fire Island National Seashore.