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

From Union Turnpike turn north on Springfield Boulevard, drive to 76 Avenue, turn right. Parking lot is on your left.
From LIE take Exit 29 (Springfield Blvd Boulevard) South. At 76th Avenue, turn left and enter parking lot on your left.

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.

Bailey Arboretum County Park
168 Bayville Road, Locust Valley, NY

Take the LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the left fork (Route 107 toward Glen Cove) and drive to the intersection with Route 25A. Turn right and follow Route 25A to the next traffic light (Wolver Hill Road and police station).
Drive 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 Exit 113 (Wurtsboro) Turn left and drive to Haven Road. Turn left and follow road across bridge. Look for a narrow uneven dirt road on the left side, leading to the parking area.


Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
400 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY

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

Bethpage State Park

Take LIE Exit 44 south or Northern State Parkway Exit 36 south (Route 135 Seaford). Take Exit 8 (Powell Avenue/Bethpage State Park). Turn left at end of ramp. Turn left at second left into park (note the sign for the polo field). Head straight to the ticket booth (seasonal fee). Park in the Picnic Area.)


Betty Allen Twin Ponds Nature Park
Route 25A, Centerport, NY 11721

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

Bronx Botanical Garden
Pelham Bay Parkway
Bronx, NY 10462

From Whitestone Bridge, take Hutchinson River Parkway to Parkway exit (Pelham Bay Park), 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)
581 West Jericho Tpk., Smithtown, NY 11787

From LIE take Exit 53, or from Northern State Pkw., Exit 45, drive north on Sunken State Parkway, 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.


Caumsett State Park (Lloyd Neck)
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY

From I-495 take Exit 45 or from Northern State Parkway Exit 37 (Manetto Hill Road), turn left and head to Woodbury Road. Turn right (follow directions to Huntington Village); at the intersection with Route 25A, drive straight across (road now named West Neck Road), continue for several miles until you cross the Lloyd Neck causeway. Park entrance is on your left one-half mile ahead. Parking fee in season.

Chelsea Mansion (Nassau County)
34 Muttontown Lane
East Norwich,NY 11732

From the west, 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).

Take Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the right fork toward Oyster Bay. Continue on Route 106.
Turn left on Route 25A. Turn left at the first turn lane of the divided highway (Muttontown Lane); this lane will run right into the gate. Alternately going east on Route 25A from Route 107, turn right onto Muttontown Lane just past the second light.
When gate is closed, it may be accessible from the Muttontown Preserve. Not always open to the public.

Coffin Woods (Nassau County)
58 Oyster Bay Road
Locust Valley, NY11560

Take the LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the left fork (Route 107 toward Glen Cove) and drive to the intersection with Route 25A. Turn right and follow Route 25A to the next traffic light (Wolver Hill Road and police station).
Drive 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.

Cow Meadow County Park
South Main Street
Freeport. NY 11520

Take Southern State Parkway to Exit 22 South (Meadowbrook Parkway). Exit at M9 West (Merrick Road). Proceed to the left lane immediately and turn left on Mill Road. Take Mill Road to South Main Street and turn left. Proceed down South Main Street and park. The entrance is on the left.

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 the end of the road, then right leading into Croton-on-Hudson. Turn left into Route 1 to the next exit, the turn right to cross the bridge to the Point.

Cunningham Park
Oakland Gardens
Queens, NY 11364

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.

Doodletown
Bear Mountain State Park, NY

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
Queens, NY 11421

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
169 State Road, NY11697

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 the Administration Building to the end of the road, turn left and drive along the ocean to the far parking lot. This lot is only available without permit after September 15.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542

From I-495, Exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to the end of the 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 Museum and Preserve.

Gerry Pond Park
East Broadway/Paper Mill Road
Roslyn, NY 11576

Take Northern State Parkway to Exit 29 (Roslyn Road). Drive north on Roslyn Road that turns into Main Street. Continue to the clock tower on Northern Boulevard. Turn right, continue to the traffic light, turn right on East Broadway (Roslyn Savings Bank on right corner). Continue 1/4 mile on the one-way roads to the Library. Turn right (narrow road), go downhill, then right into parking lot.
From eastbound Route 25A, take Old Northern Boulevard, bearing right. Turn right on Main Street, left fork in front of the clock tower on Old Northern Boulevard to the traffic light (Roslyn Savings Bank on your right), turn right and continue with directions.
From westbound Route 25A, take the exit just before the viaduct. At the traffic light, turn left and continue straight on Bryant Avenue.. It turns into East Broadway at the traffic light next to the Roskyn Savings Bank. Continue with directions.

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
Lakeside Drive
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Take Southern State Parkway to Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) South. Use Parking Lot 3. Entrance fee in season.

Hoffman Center
6000 Northern Boulevard
East Norwich, NY 11732

From the west, 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.

Take Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the right fork toward Oyster Bay. Continue on Route 106.
At the intersection with Route 25A, take the left arrow turn. Continue on Route 25A for 3/4 mile. Entrance is just past the Martin Viette Nursery (on the south side of the road).
Not open to the public. Pre-arrange visits by contacting the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary.

Hofstra University Arboretum
Belmont Place
Hempstead, NY 11549

From Meadowbrook Parkway, drive west on Hempstead Turnpike, past the 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 drive 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 the road for 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
200 New Hwy
Commack, NY 11725

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 54 westbound (County Road 67). Stay on the 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 park entrance is on the right.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
(National Park Service)
Cross Bay Boulevard
Queens, NY 11421

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

Jones Beach

From Northern State Parkway, take either Wantagh State Parkway or Meadowbrook Parkway South. From the Wantagh SP, once past the toll booths, take BAY PARKWAY bearing to the right. Continue along past the Meadowbrook State Parkway to West End 2 or to the Coast Guard Station.

Kissena Park
Bayside Gardens
Queens, NY 11355.

Take LIE, I-495 to Exit 25 - Stay on the service road to 164th Street (end of cemetary) OR continue on I-495 to Exit (Kissena Boulevard) and take the service road to Kissena Blvd. Turn right, continue to Booth Memorial Avenue.
CAUTION! BE CAREFUL CROSSING Booth Memorial Avenue into the Velodrome driveway. 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
1526 North Plandome Road
Plandome Manor, NY 11030

Take the LIE I-495 to Exit 35 OR Northern State Parkway to Exit 27 (Shelter Rock Road). Drive north to the intersection with Route 25A and turn left on Plandome Road. Head north through town and bear left when the road divides. The entrance is on the right.


Marine Nature Study Area
500 Slice Drive
Oceanside, NY 11572

From the north, 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.

From eastern LI, take the Meadowbrook Pkwy to Exit M8 West (Sunrise Highway}. Turn left off Sunrise Hwy at Atlantic Avenue. Turn left at Waukena Avenue and continue to Park Avenue. Turn left. Continue on Golf Drive and follow sign to Slice Drive.

Massapequa Preserve
Merrick Road at Ocean Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758

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.

Directions to the Reservoir Lake: Take either Northern State Parkway to the Wantagh State Parkway, or Route 135 South. Exit at Sunrise Highway (Route 27) East. Continue east to Broadway. On Saturdays only, turn left under the train tracks, then immediately right into the LIRR parking lot. Meet at the far end. On weekdays. continue north on Broadway, turn right on Ohio Ave drive to Parkside Blvd. Turn left and park near the STOP sign.

Montauk Point State Park

Take I-495 east to Exit 70. Turn right and go to the end of the road, then turn left into Route 27. Follow along Route 27 through many small towns and villages, past Hither Hill State Park through Montauk Village to the Lighhouse Parking Lot. On return trip on Route 27, poorly marked Exit 62 is used to return to I-495. Parking Fee.

Muttontown Preserve
34 MuttontownLane
East Norwich, NY 11732

Take Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the right fork toward Oyster Bay. Continue on Route 106. Follow directions to ChELSEA MANOR, same driveway

Nassau County Fine Arts Museum
Northern Boulevard
Roslyn, NY 11576

Coming from the east, take the LIE to Exit 39 North (Glen Cove Road). Continue north to the intersection with Route 25A and turn left. Continue 1/4 mile, turn right at the traffic light to go under a narrow stone railroad bridge. A long road leads to the parking lot.

Alternately, take the Northern State Park Exit 30 (I.U. Willets Road) and at the end of the ramp, turn right. At the next traffic light, turn left into Glen Cove Road. Follow instructions above.

Coming from the west on Northern State Parkway (Exit 28) or on I-495 (Exit 37), take Mineola Avenue north to Route 25A. Turn right ahead and drive across the viaduct. On top of the hill, make a left turn into the museum area.
Closed Mondays.

Norman J. Levy Park

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

Pelham Bay Park (Bronx)

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

Coming over the Throgs Neck Bridge, take the right fork in the road to I-95. Continue north to Exit 8A or 8C (Orchard Beach/City Island). Then follow above directions.

Planting Field Arboretum State Park
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Take the LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the left fork (Route 107 toward Glen Cove) and drive to the intersection with Route 25A. Turn right and follow Route 25A to the next traffic light (Wolver Hill Road 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
Point Lookout, NY 11569

Take Meadowbrook Parkway south. Take the LOOP PKWY exit for Long Beach/Point Lookout. Turn left and park near the end of street. Legal parking may be limited.

Nickerson Beach is reached by driving straight ahead at the end of the Loop Parkway traffic light.

Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

Take the Grand Central Parkway to Exit 13 (Jackie Robinson Parkway). Take Jackie Robinson Parkway to Bushwick Avenue, then turn left into Eastern Parkway. Drive around Grand Army Plaza to Flatbush Avenue and park.

Robert Moses State Park (Fire Island)

Take Meadowbrook 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. The Hawk Watch is located east of Field 5.

Sands Point Preserve
127 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050

Take I-495 to Exit 36, then north on Searingtown Road which turns into Port Washington Boulevard (Route 101). Continue past the village of Port Washington, where the road narrows to two lanes, then watch for the entrance 1 1/2 miles ahead on your right. Permission required; call 883-1612. Parking fee.

Shu Swamp Preserve
Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765

Take the LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the left fork (Route 107 toward Glen Cove) and drive to the intersection with Route 25A. Turn right and follow Route 25A to the next traffic light (Wolver Hill Road and police station).
Drive 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 at Beaver Brook Road, and continue until you reach the sanctuary parking lot on the left side, just before LIRR overpass. No street parking. Closed Fridays.

South Shore Nature Center - Seatuck Envi.
130 Bayview Avenue
East Islip, NY11730

Take Southern State Parkway east into Hecksher Parkway and take Exit 45W. Drive west on Route 27A to Bayview Avenue and turn left. The entrance will be on your right.


Stehli Beach
Bayville, NY 11709

From Route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take Route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn left at Lexington Avenue (Berry Hill Road). After the Hess Gas Station (on your left). 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, (Bayville Scream Park will be on your left), turn right into the beach parking lot. We meet at the far end.

Alternately, follow directions to Bailey Arboretum, Continue past the arboretum to the traffic light. Turn right (still on Bayville Road), continue past the next traffic light, and at the road's sharp turn to the right, turn left into the beach.
Residents only in summer.

Stillwell Woods Preserve
South Woods Road
Syosset, NY 11791

Take the LIE to Exit 44 north or take Northern State Pkwy Exit 36 north (Route 135 Seaford/Oyster Bay Expwy). Get off at Exit 14 east to Woodbury (Route 25). Continue on Jericho Tpky one-half mile to South Woods Road. Turn left and continue north until Syosset High School appears on your left. Turn right into the playing fields, stay to the right side of the parking lot, follow the track all the way back to the end.

Alternately from Route 106 (to Oyster Bay), turn left at the intersection with Route 25A; Travel east on Route 25A for almost two miles, past the St. John's Cemetary on your left. At the next traffic light, turn right into Cold Spring Road. Continue until you make a left on South Woods Road. Continue until you see the playing fields on your left, stay to the far side of the playing fields and follow the track all the way back.


St. Josaphat's Monastery
Lattingtown Road
Lattingtown, NY 11560
Private Property: Permission required

Follow directions to the Welwyn Preserve. Turn left onto Dosoris Lane continuing to its end (Stop sign). Turn right into Lattingtown Road. Drive past the Glen Cove Golf Club, and take the next left (Beach Road). The entrance to the monastery is the first driveway 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. Immediately thereafter, turn half left into the road leading to the destination.


Sweet Briar Nature Preserve
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787

Take the LIE to Exit 53 or Northern State Pkwy to Exit 45 (Sunken Meadow Pkwy) north. Take Exit SM3 (Jericho Tpk). Drive east into Smithtown. Turn left on Edgewood Avenue, then left on Landing Avenue, and another left on Eckerkamp Drive. Watch for the parking lot sign.

Target Rock NWR
Lloyd Neck
Huntington, NY 11743

Follow directions given for Caumsett State Park but continue straight ahead until this road turns left. Instead, continue straight ahead on Target Rock Road and look for the refuge entrance on your right.
Entrance fee.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
134 Cove Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

From Route 25, 25A, I-495, or Northern State Parkway, take Route 106 north into Oyster Bay. Turn right on Cove Road and drive two miles until you find the Young's Cemetery parking lot at your right. Park there and walk east along Cove Road to the sanctuary entrance.

Tiffany Creek Preserve
45 Sandy Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Take LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Pky Exit 35 north to Route 106 toward Oyster Bay. At the intersection with 25A turn right and continue east to the second traffic light. Turn left on Berry Hill Road and drive until it makes a sharp left turn. Go straight on Sandy Hill Road. Entrance is on the left.


Twin Lakes Preserve
Old Mill Road
Wantagh, NY 11793

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)
250 Lawrence Hill Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Take LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Pky Exit 35 north to Route 106 (Oyster Bay). Follow directions to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary but continue along Route 25A past Cove Road, down a long hill. past the Cold Spring Harbor fish hatchery. At the traffic light, bear right than immediately left up Lawrence Hill Road (blinking light). Drive 0.04 miles. Entrance is the second on the right, after the sharp right turn of the road.


Upper Francis Pond Preserve (Smithers Property)
393 Oyster Bay Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765

Take the LIE Exit 41 north or Northern State Parkway Exit 35 north (Route 106/107). Continue north until Routes 106 and 107 split. Take the left fork (Route 107 toward Glen Cove) and drive to the intersection with Route 25A. Turn right and follow Route 25A to the next traffic light (Wolver Hill Road and police station).
Follow directions to Coffin Woods, Bailey Arboretum. On Chicken Valley Road at the blinking light, (where one would turn right for Shu Swamp), continue straight for 100 feet, enter the first driveway on your right.

Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South
Bronx, NY 10462

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

Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation (County Park)
4 Reservation Road
Pound Ridge, NY 10576

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 the left side. Admission Fee.

Welwyn Preserve/Holocaust Center
100 Crescent Beach Road
Glen Cove, NY 11542

From I-495, Exit 39N, go 5.2 miles north on Glen Cove Road. Bear left at the fork and continue to the end of the road (at the firehouse). Turn right. Then turn left on Dosoris 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
Smith Road off Old Beaver Road
Shirley. NY 11687

Take Long Island Expressway to Exit 67 and drive 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.