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Mashomack Preserve

79 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, NY
516-749-1001
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: This Nature Conservancy property spans 2,100 acres, and accounts for one-third of the land on Shelter Island.
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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Wonderful nature preserve offering various hikes through peaceful, serene woods. Beautiful views and good bird watching. Great for letting the kids run - just slather them with DEET first!

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Brooklyn, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

How cool is it that one-third of Shelter Island is a nature preserve! Easy trails with big payoff. Great bird watching. Delightful way to spend a morning or even a whole day.

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Peacham, Vermont
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It is a great place to take a walk and explore. Shelter Island is a beautifully low key, unhurried place, and this preserve was even more peaceful.

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East Rutherford, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

There's a trail for everyone at Mashomack Preserve. They're clearly marked, and you can decide along the way if you're up for a longer hike or just take your original path back to the main area. My daughter and I did the longest hike, which will bring you to the Gardiner's Bay. You can see the Cedar Point Lighthouse from... More

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Massapequa, New York
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130 reviews 130 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nice park to drive or walk through. You may see some interesting animals as you walk around. Nice change of pace from the beach and peaceful..

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Patchogue, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Beautiful preserve! My husband and I explored 3 of the different trails on 8/4/14. We stumbled upon a young couple sitting on a bench with a gorgeous view of the water behind them. The boyfriend asked if I would take a picture of them. It then turned into an obviously planned marriage proposal. He told her how much he loved... More

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Seaford, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You can't go to SI and not do this. Took a leisurely 7 mile hike over the course of 3 hours. It was more like a stroll though to be honest! Took time for taking pictures and to sit, reflect and take in the view. Saw a deer, egrets, turtles, chipmunks, blue heron, osprey and comnorants!

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Lynbrook, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited the place with my wife and it was a great experience. At the visitors center they have a small museum where you can see some of the species in the area and maps of the preserve. There are some tracks you can hike with the help of a map, it is a great place to watch and photograph... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wonderful hiking trails...bring plenty of water and binoculars for bird watching. Go early to stay cool and bring bug spray. Staff have trail maps.

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The Mashomack Preserve is probably my favorite part of Shelter Island. Nearly a third of the island is covered by the beautiful nature preserve. There are a series of well marked trails for hiking, with a great map, friendly volunteers, and a nice visitor's center. We walked the second longest of the trails, which was a beautiful six miles through... More

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