Long Island: Mashomack Preserve
Welcome to Mashomack Preserve! You’ll begin your tour at the Harman Hawkins Visitor Center, an eco-friendly building featuring educational displays, trail guides, preserve literature, and helpful volunteers, not to mention composting toilets and energy efficient details like solar panels.
From the gazebo on the Red Trail, a 1.5 mile loop that takes about 45 minutes, you can take a rest and admire the views of Miss Annie’s Creek.
The meadow along the Yellow Trail provides a great place to stop and do some birdwatching. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of a red-tailed hawk or an Eastern bluebird, New York’s official state bird!
The fall season brings close-up views of bright orange Monarch butterflies. Just be sure to stay on the marked trail to avoid ticks and unintentional habitat-trampling!
While Mashomack’s pristine coastlines are off limits to visitors due to endangered nesting birds and rare plants, we do at times conduct guided tours. Keep an eye on our events calendar so you can catch a glimpse, too!
Mashomack also hosts a variety of kids’ activities, where our young visitors can learn about the variety of plant, animal, and aquatic life on Eastern Long Island (and get a bit dirty, to boot!).
For the adults and nature lovers, we also host many kinds of walks and guided tours,including birdwalks, wildflower walks, and preserve tours, all led by our expert volunteers and staff.