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(Credit: Victoria Caruso)

Located off Main Road, Laurel Lake Preserve is a popular spot for hiking and fishing with 14 miles of trails and a 30-acre lake. Estimated to be formed 10,000 years ago, the large kettle hole lake is home to a variety of fish, including largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Ducks, bullfrogs, snapping turtles and even otters can also be found in the property’s wetlands while its forests shelter a variety of wildlife including owls, foxes, woodchucks, deer and squirrels.

According to the town’s trail guide, the preserve consists of a complex of properties that span 500 acres of land. The properties are owned by the Town of Southold, Suffolk County Water Authority, Suffolk County Parks Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Spend a minute with us there.