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Riverhead, New York

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  • Southampton, New York

    Paddle Peconic Bay

    4.0
    While there are many ways to access the Peconic Bay, I have found the best direction to explore is north west after launching and during the sunset. If you head to the public beach on Towd Point Rd. you can launch from there and make your way out toward Robins Island. Like most places the water i...
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  • Shelter Island, New York

    Hike through the Mashomack Nature Preserve

    10 mi
    Just a short ferry ride from the Hamptons, South Ferry Road is exactly where it sounds; very close to the South Ferry of Shelter Island. The parking lot of Mashomack Preserve is marked by a large sign. When you walk in, you'll see a large nature center. Sign in at a clipboard at the table out fro...
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  • Patchogue, New York

    Fire Island's Watch Hill

    4.0
    2 mi
    If departing from NYC, catch the early LIRR train from Penn Station (or Atlantic Terminal) towards Patchogue. You may have to transfer at both Jamaica & Babylon, but it's an easy hop across the platform. Trip will take approximately an hour and a half and cost around $15, Off Peak, each way. ...
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  • Kings Park, New York

    Kayaking the Nissequogue River

    5.0
    Starting on the banks of Nissequogue River State Park, this 6 mile journey makes you feel like you’re cruising down river in the south, when you’re really on Long Island. I really suggest going as high tide is rolling in as there can be some shallow sections along this trip. Head out into the ope...
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  • Bridgeport, Connecticut

    Stroll around Fayerweather Island

    0.5 mi
    Parking is at the end of Barnum Road in the Seaside Park.  Though the lighthouse grounds are accessible the tower itself is not open to the public.  To access the island you must walk across the breakwater.  Please use caution as it is uneven footing and at times can be slippery.  From the isla...
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  • Hamden, Connecticut

    Mountain Bike West Rock Ridge State Park

    West Rock Ridge State Park is a 700 ft high scenic ridge that is located on the west side of New Haven. There are tons of good mountain biking trails located all around the ridge that can satisfy all types of skill levels. The easiest place to park is the Lake Wintergreen parking lot, which sits ...
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  • East Lyme, Connecticut

    Hike Rocky Neck State Park Trail

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 141 ft gain
    Rocky Neck State Park Trail is a 2.5 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near East Lyme, Connecticut.
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  • Hamden, Connecticut

    Boulder & Free Climb off the Blue Trail In Sleeping Giant SP

    Sleeping Giant State Park does not just have great hiking, it also has great climbing and bouldering. Pick up the blue trail starting at the backside of the visitor center. This trail climbs pretty steadily but take note that as you hike up the cliff below you is a great spot to checkout for boul...
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  • Hamden, Connecticut

    Hike the Tower Trail to the Blue Trail at Sleeping Giant SP

    5.0
    3 mi / 518 ft gain
    Sleeping Giant State Park is a place very close to my heart. I spent 4 years right across the street at Quinnipiac University and have hiked “The Giant” more times then I can count and at all different hours. There are a few different trails you can explore but my favorite one is up to the cliffs...
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  • Hamden, Connecticut

    Hike the Mill River Trail to the Blue Trail at Sleeping Giant SP

    5.0
    3 mi / 518 ft gain
    Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed hiking the Giant. As Connecticut parks go, this terrain is some of the most challenging (and unfortunately, the most dangerous) in the state. The actual ridge is approximately 2.75 miles long by 1.75 miles wide, and offers approximately 24 miles of hiking ...
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  • Montauk, New York

    Climb the Bluffs of Shadmoor State Park

    1.2 mi / 100 ft gain
    I've never actually been into the Shadmoor State Park, but you can climb up and onto the bluffs from the beach easily; well kind of easily.Most of the parking lots along the beach require Hamptons residency tags, so you can't park right next to beach entrances... bummer. We typically park along ...
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  • Cheshire, Connecticut

    Hike to Roaring Brook Falls

    1.2 mi / 377 ft gain
    Arriving to the falls, parking is residential but don't worry everyone is friendly. Starting off the hike you will walk past a cool pond where you may be able to see some wildlife. Continuing on, you will follow the marked trail where it will take you further into the woods while gaining elevatio...
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  • Groton, Connecticut

    Visit Avery Point Lighthouse

    3.0
    Owned by the University of Connecticut this lighthouse is a short walk from the parking area.  Though the grounds are open the tower is not.  Avery Point offers panoramic ocean views. From this location you can also see New London Harbor Lighthouse & New London Ledge Light. You can also see t...
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  • East Haddam, Connecticut

    Explore Chapman Falls in Devil's Hopyard SP

    4.0
    If you map to Chapman Falls in East Haddam, CT, you will be brought to a parking lot opposite from the waterfall in Devil's Hopyard, a beautiful Connecticut state park. Once there, it's only a few minute walk down a very clear trail to the base of the 60 foot falls. There's plenty of room to set ...
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  • Middletown, Connecticut

    Explore Wadsworth Falls

    5.0
    0.25 mi
    When it comes to exploring Wadsworth Falls its ease of access couldn't be better. As soon as you pull into the parking lot you hear the falls roaring. Take the quick walk to see the picturesque scenery.Facts about Wadsworth Falls:Height: 25ft tall and doubled in width Rock: Hampden Basalt -the ro...
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  • Montauk, New York

    Stroll along the Montauk Point Lighthouse Cliff Walk

    4.5
    1 mi
    The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of the main attractions of "The End" of Long Island, but I've only ever walked around it on the cliff walk.When you get to the lighthouse, you can park in the parking lot (depending on when you go there may be a $8 fee). Right along the edge overlooking the wa...
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Camping and Lodging in Riverhead

Niantic / I-95 Exit 72 KOA Journey
East Lyme, Connecticut

Niantic / I-95 Exit 72 KOA Journey

Getaway Machimoodus
Moodus, Connecticut

Getaway Machimoodus

From $190 / night

Hop Brook Lake Recreation Area
Naugatuck, Connecticut

Hop Brook Lake Recreation Area

Guides, Insights and Stories from Riverhead

Earth Day 2020 Goes Online: How to Get Involved

Earth Day 2020 Goes Online: How to Get Involved

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