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Spend a minute with us at Hallock State Park Preserve.

The 225-acre public preserve features a series of trails, including a quarter-mile gravel path that leads to a breathtaking beach overlooking the Long Island Sound. This mile-long stretch of shoreline welcomes visitors year-round, inviting them to engage in activities like paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. 

The preserve is also an idea spot for birdwatching — it’s wooded paths are home to a variety of wildlife, including red-railed hawks, yellow warblers, ospreys and red foxes.

Hallock State Park is located at 6062 Sound Ave. in Riverhead and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November to March. Parking costs $8 per car per day. The Empire Passport and Golden Park Program are accepted.