Hallock State Park in Northville now open to the public

Beachgoers check out Hallock State Park on the Long Island Sound in Northville. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

A new outdoor location officially opened up to the public Tuesday when the New York State Parks Department hosted a grand opening for the Hallock State Park Preserve in Northville.

The Sound Avenue park is approximately 15 years in the making and features 225 acres of land, including hiking trails, a pond and a mile-long stretch of soundfront beach.

An indoor visitor center also greets passers by from the road.

Here’s what you’ll find at the park:

One of two walking trails at the park. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Trails

Two different hiking trails are now open to the public. The larger trail measures a little over a mile and the shorter path stretches about a half mile. Along both trails visitors will see Hallocks Pond. The trails are an ideal spot for birdwatching or horseback riding and in the winter they can be used for cross-country skiing or snow shoeing. Both trails lead to a beach view of the Long Island Sound.

There’s more than a mile of beach at the park. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Beach

A quarter-mile gravel path leads to a beach along the Long Island Sound. The mile-long beach area will be open to the public for paddle boarding, kayaking and salt-water fishing.

A touchscreen monitor provides local information for guests of the visitor center. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Visitor center

The visitor center, which will be run by the state parks department, will also serve as an education facility for students and tourists. Inside the center are touch screens that not only give information about the history of the land and activities at the park, but also nearby attractions to visit.

Guests can browse through a community directory where they can find recommendations for hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, museums, farm stands, wineries and breweries.

The visitor center also has two rooms that will be used by the community. One will serve as a meeting room for environmental groups. The other room is currently displaying photographs, but will house different activities.

There are also North Fork historic artifacts on display.

Hallock State Park Preserve is located at 6062 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

4 Comment

  • I’ve lived my entire life on Long Island and,as a youngster, always wondered why it’s beauty and all it’s amazing history, unique landscapes, beaches, etc were never really promoted as a fantastic place to visit. Of course, over the years with Long Island tourism finally being “put out there”, many people from all over now enjoy the real Long Island! As a native, I can honestly say, you really don’t have to leave to go on vacation, it’s all right here in our
    own back yard! So, to see such a fantastic effort to create
    and promote this beautiful new Hallock Park, truly
    reinforces how important it is to preserve all that Long Island has to offer.

  • The gates were locked tight after work yesterday. Hopefully it will stay open longer so working people can enjoy it.

  • What are the hours of access? Need parking permit?

    • Hi Wayne, the park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking is $8 for the day in the upper lot, or $1 per hour in the lower lot.