NORTH SHORE AUDUBON SOCIETY

SERVING THE WESTERN NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND, N.Y.

Our mission is: to promote, protect and preserve the environment and the birds that inhabit it through education, advocacy and leadership.






HOW-TO-GET-THERE GUIDE

Alley Pond Park

Take Union Turnpike to Springfield Boulevard, turn north, drive to 76 Avenue, turn right. Parking lot is on your left. To reach Union Turnpike:

Heading west on Grand Central Parkway, take exit 23 then drive past the Cross Island Parkway exits to Union Turnpike and turn right. Then follow instructions above.

Heading south on Cross Island Parkway, take exit to Grand Central Parkway, then exit at Union Turnpike and turn right. Then follow first instructions above.

Heading east on Grand Central Parkway, exit at Union Turnpike and turn left. Then follow first instructions above.

Heading north on Cross Island Parkway, exit at Union Turnpike and turn left at the traffic light. Then follow first instructions above.

Avalon at Stony Brook

Take Northern State Parkway east to its end, then merge into Route 454. Bear left into Route 347 and drive to Stony Brook Road (2.5 miles). Turn left and follow to its merge to the right into Route 25A (Main Street). Park at the Grist Mill (on the left side past the pond).

Bailey Arboretum

Take route 25A to Wolver Hollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Stay on this road until you pass the railroad bridge. Just ahead, turn right into Bayville Road. Arboretum is on your right.

Basherkill Swamp

Take New York Thruway then route 17 to Wurtsboro exit 113. Turn left and drive to Haven Road. Turn left and follow road across bridge. Look for a narrow road on the left side, leading to the parking area.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Take Southern State Parkway east to exit 45 (South Country Road). Drive east to entrance at right.

Betty Allen Twin Ponds Park

Head to Huntington on Route 110 and turn east on Rote 25A (Northern Boulevard). Drive to Centerport. Entrance is on your right; watch for sign. Park on opposite side of streeet.

Bronx Botanical Garden

From Whitestone Bridge, take Hutchinson River Parkway to Pelham Bay Park/ Parkway exit, or from Throgs Neck Bridge, bear right and take Throgs Neck Expressway/Bruckner Expressway to Pelham Bay Park exit 1. Head west on Pelham Bay Parkway and after the park on your right, bear right into Southern Boulevard. Entrance is on your right.

Caleb Smith State Park (Suffolk County)

Take Northern State Parkway or I-495 to the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Head north to exit SM3, then east on Jericho Turnpike. Look for the park on your left after driving approx. 2 miles. Park is closed Mondays, in winter also Tuesdays. R

Caumsett State Park (Lloyd Neck)

From route 25A in Huntington, turn north at West Neck Road. Continue over causeway to park entrance.

From I-495 going east, exit at Woodbury Road and bear right. Turn right at the next traffic light into Woodbury Road. Stay on Woodbury Road until you cross the county line, then bear right with Woodbury Road. Near the top of the hill, Woodbury Road turns half-left toward Huntington. Continue to stay on this road. It turns into West Neck Road. Continue over causeway to park entrance.

Chelsea Mansion (Nassau County)

Drive east on route 25A. At the second traffic light past route 107, look for the entrance sign on the right side, near the traffic light (Mill River Road). When gate is closed, may be accessible from the Muttontown Preserve. Not always open to the public. R

Coffin Woods (Nassau County)

Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Stay on this road until the railroad overpass comes into view. Just at the overpass, turn left into the game warden’s driveway.

Croton Point (Westchester County)

Take the Saw Mill River or Sprain Brook Parkway to Hawthorne, then follow Route 100 into Route 9A. Stay on Route 1A to Croton-on-Hudson, then turn west across the bridge leading to the Point. Alternate scenic route: Head north on the Taconic Parkway to Route 129 (exit after crossing reservoir bridge). Turn left to end of road, then right leading into Croton-on-Hudson. Turn left into Route 1 to next exit, the turn right to cross the bridge to the Point.

Cunningham Park

Take Grand Central Parkway to Francis Lewis Boulevard north. Turn left at Union Turnpike. Turn left into the Tennis Court parking lot immediately on your left.

Delaware River (New Jersey)

Take I-80 west to the Visitor Center at the Delaware Watergap. Meet the club there and then proceed along Old Mine Road which follows north along the river.

Doodletown

Take I-87 north across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Bear Mountain Parkway, then head north on it to the exit for route 6 East. Follow that to the traffic circle at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Bear right into route 9W south, drive past the traffic light, down the winding hill to the intersection of a road coming in on the right side. Park immediately past that intersection. A narrow, winding uphill trail leads to Doodletown.

Forest Park

From Grand Central Parkway going west, take Interborough Parkway to the Metropolitan Avenue exit. Turn left and park on the right side of Metropolitan Avenue or along Park Lane South which crosses several blocks ahead. Watch for parking restrictions. Club meets at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South.

Fort Tilden

From Southern State Parkway, take Flatbush Avenue South exit 11 (Marine Parkway Bridge) across toll bridge. Take Breezy Point exit and turn left into the entrance just past the traffic light. The Administration Building is to your left at the end of the road. For hawk-watch at Fort Tilden, drive past Administration Building to end of road, turn left and drive along ocean to far parking lot. This lot is only available without permit after September 15.

Garvies Point Preserve

From I-495, exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to end of road (at the firehouse). Turn right for 1/4 mile, then left on Cottage Row which curves left. Bear right into Landing Road. At the blinking light one mile ahead, turn left into Germaine Street. At its end, turn right and immediately left into Barry Drive, which leads to the Preserve.

Great Swamp, NJ

Take I-80 to I-287 South to exit 33 (Harter Road). Turn left on Route 202 then left on Sandspring Road. Turn right on Hill Road/ Blue Mill Road/Lee’s Hill Road, then left on Long Hill Road.

Hempstead Lake State Park

Take Southern State Parkway to exit 18. Use Parking Lot 3. Entrance fee in season.

Hoffman Center

Take route 25A east to Wolver Hollow Road (police station at intersection). Continue on route 25A for one mile and look for sign on south side of the road. Not open to public. Pre-arranged visits by contacting Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary.

Hofstra University Arboretum

From Meadowbrook Parkway, go west on Hempstead Turnpike, past first overpass. Turn left on California Avenue (after Dunkin Dougnuts), then left again after one block into Belmont Place. Park on the right side of the street in the parking lot (after two houses) and meet there. If no room, use the parking lot farther down the street on the left.

Hook Mountain (Rockland County)

Take Interstate I-87 north from New York across Tappan Zee Bridge. Take exit 11 and go north on route 9W. After passing the traffic light at Herold Road, climb the hill ahead and park in the parking area on the right at the top of the hill. Walk back along road several hundred feet and enter the blue-dot trail on the east side of the road. After a moderate climb, this trail leads to the top of the mountain.

Hoyt Farms Park and Preserve

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 54 westbound (County Road 67). Stay on Motor Parkway for approximately one mile, then turn right at the Harned Road traffic light. At the next traffic light, turn right into New Highway and proceed approximately one mile to a traffic light. The pak entrance is on the right.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Take the Belt Parkway to Cross Bay Boulevard south, exit 17S, then head south. After crossing the bridge, look for parking lot entrance on the right side 1 1/4 mile ahead at the traffic light.

Jones Beach

From Northern State Parkway, take Meadowbrook Parkway south to Jones Beach.

--For West End 2, turn to right as you enter the beach area, follow signs. Birders meet at northwest corner of parking lot.

--For Coast Guard Station, follow signs to West End 2, then turn right at Coast Guard Station. A small parking area is reached by making a right turn.

--For Parking Field 4, follow signs. Birders meet at the northeast corner of the parking field.

Kissena Park (Queens)

Take LIE, I-495 to exit 25 - Stay on service road to 164th Street (end of cemetary). Turn right on 164th Street, go two blocks to traffic light, and turn left onto Booth Memorial Drive. Go six blocks past 159th Street to Velodrome driveway entrance on the right. Keep right after turn to avoid a gate pole in the middle of the road.

From Grand Central Parkway, take 168 Street exit and stay on the service road until you turn right on 164th Street. Drive to Booth Memorial Drive. Then follow the instructions above.

Leed's Pond Preserve

Take route 25A to Plandome Road in Manhasset. Head north through town and bear left when road divides. Entrance is on your right.


Marine Nature Study Area (Oceanside)

Take Southern State Parkway to exit 20S (Grand Avenue-Baldwin). Pass Sunrise Highway, then turn right on Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Waukena Avenue and start looking for signs to the nature center. Turn left on Park Avenue, then left on Golf Drive to Slice Drive.

Massapequa Preserve (Nassau County)

Take Northern State Parkway to Wantagh Parkway and exit at Merrick Road. Go through Seaford for about 2 1/2 miles to Ocean Avenue (which runs north just ahead of the lake). Turn left and park about one block in.

Montauk Point State Park

Take I-495 east to exit 70. Turn right and go to end of road, then turn left into route 27. Follow along route 27 to end of road. On return trip on route 27, poorly marked exit 62 is used to return to I-495. Parking Fee.

Muttontown Preserve

Take route 25A east. Just before the intersection with route 106, opposite Howard Johnson's, turn right on Muttontown Lane. Continue straight ahead to the preserve.

Nassau County Museum of Art (Roslyn, Nassau County)

From Northern State Parkway (exit 28) or I-495 (exit 37), take Mineola Avenue north to route 25A. Turn right and drive across viaduct. On top of the hill, make a left turn into the museum area. Closed Mondays. R

Norman J. Levy Park

Take Meadowbrook Parkway to Merrick Road and drive east. Turn right immediately after passing parkway (Sanitation Dep’t entrance).

Overpeck Park

Take I-95 across George Washington Bridge and turn-off to New Jersey Turnpike. Take the first exit (Route 46, Ridgefield Park) to end of street and turn left. Drive two blocks to left turn for route 46 East. After making the turn, bear left, cross over I-95 and turn left. Drive to end. Caution for exit from Overpeck Park. To go east, follow entrance sign for I-95. To go west, drive forward to route 46 and turn east.

Pelham Bay Park (Bronx)

Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to Orchard Beach exit, then follow the road to its end. Turn left into the Orchard Beach parking area. R

Planting Field Arboretum.

Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Pass the large gate of Planting Fields, and turn right at the next road, Planting Fields Road, which leads to the Arboretum. Parking Fee.

Point Lookout

Take Meadowbrook Parkway south to Long Beach exit and follow to traffic light. Turn left and park near end of street. Legal parking may be limited.
Alternately, beach is reached by driving straight ahead at the traffic light.

Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

Take Jackie Robinson Parkway to Bushwick Avenue, then turn left into Eastern Parkway. Drive around Grand Army Plaza and park. R

Robert Moses State Park (Fire Island)

From Northern State Parkway, take Meadowbrook Parkway or Wantagh Parkway south to Jones Beach. Then head east until you reach the right turn for Fire Island. Turn right and cross the bridge into the park. Club meets at east end of Field 2.
Hawk Watch is located east of Field 5.

Sands Point Preserve

Take I-495 to exit 36, then north on Searingtown Road which turns into Port Washington Boulevard (route 101). Continue past Port Washington, then watch for entrance 1 1/2 miles ahead on your right. Permission required; call 883-1612. Parking fee.

Shu Swamp (Mill Neck)

Take route 25A to Wolverhollow Road (traffic light and police station). Turn north until the road ends, then right on Chicken Valley Road. Pass Planting Fields, and turn right at the blinking light. Drive along the pond at your left, turning left, and continue until you reach the sanctuary parking lot on the left side, just before LIRR overpass. No street parking. Closed Fridays.

Stehli Beach (Bayville)

From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Make a left turn at Lexington Avenue (Berry Hill Road), then left when it ends. Follow this road along the bay into Bayville. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the road. Drive through Bayville. Just before the road turns sharply to the left, turn right into the beach parking lot. Residents only in summer.

Stillwell Woods

Take Route 25A east past route 106 until you pass the nursery. At the next intersection where Route 25A veers to the left, turn right into Cold Spring Road. Proceed until a road branches off half-left. Take this road, Southwoods Road, until you see the school property at your right. Turn left into the dirt road just before you reach it and park.

Southampton

Take Long Island Expressway to exit 70, then head south to end of road. Take Route 27 east to Southampton area. Princess Diner is on Route 27.

South Shore Nature Center - Islip

Take Southern State Parkway eastinto Hecksher Parkway and take rxit 45W. Drive west on route 27A to Bayview Avenue and turn left. The entrance will be on your right.


Sunrise Mountain (New Jersey)

Take I-80 in New Jersey to Route 15, then follow it. Continue as it turns into Route 206. After passing Culver Lake watch for a right turn with a pointer to the mountain. Shortly after making that turn, turn half left into the road leading to the destination. R


Sweet Briar Preserve

Take Sunken Meadow Parkway to Jericho Turnpike. Drive east into Smithtown. Turn left on Edgewood Avenue, then left on Landing Avenue, and another left on Eckerkamp Drive. Watch for parking lot sign.

Target Rock NWR.

Follow directions given for Caumsett State Park but continue straight ahead into the refuge.

Teatown Lake Reservation (Westchester County)

Take the Taconic Parkway to Route 133 and turn west, then right turn on Spring Valley Road.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary

From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn right on Cove Road and go two miles till you find the cemetery parking lot at your right. Park and walk east along Cove Road to the sanctuary entrance.

Tiffany Creek

From route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn right on East Main street and drive past the school. Do not turn here but look for a right turn shortly thereafter into Sandy Hill Road. The sanctuary entrance is on the right.


Twin Lakes Preserve

Take Wantagh Parkway to exit W5 west (Sunrise Highway). Make a right at Old Mill Road (a short distance). Continue to Park Avenue. Meet at the corner of Park Avenue and Old Mill Road.

Uplands Farm of The Nature Conservancy (Suffolk County)

Take route 25A east past fish hatchery. Bear right into route 108 but turn left immediately into Lawrence Hill Road. Entrance is on the right at 0.4 mile.


Van Cortlandt Park

Take Major Deegan Expressway to Van Cortlandt South. Turn east and left at next light. Park in Golf Course lot.

Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation

Take the Hutchinson River Parkway to I-684 and drive to exit 4 (Katonah/Cross River). Turn right and follow route 35 into Cross River. Turn right on route 121. Park entrance is immediately on left side. Admission Fee.

Welwyn Preserve

From I-495, exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to end of road (at the firehouse). Turn right. Turn left on Desoris Lane. Turn left on New Woods Road and drive to the end. Turn right on Crescent Beach Road. Entrance is on your right.


Wertheim NWR
Take Long Island Expressway to exit 67 and go south on Yaphank Road. At the Horse Block Road intersection bear half left toward Montauk Highway. Turn left on Montauk Highway and right on Old Beaver Road which turns into Smith Road. Entrance is on the right.