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Address: 79 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, NY
Phone Number: 516-749-1001
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: This Nature Conservancy property spans 2,100 acres, and accounts for...
This Nature Conservancy property spans 2,100 acres, and accounts for one-third of the land on Shelter Island.
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Lots of outdoor hiking options

We did the 3 mile hike which was really nice. Liked that there were various lengths and different features to each hike. We did this in the wintertime when there was still snow on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Kathleen G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We did the 3 mile hike which was really nice. Liked that there were various lengths and different features to each hike. We did this in the wintertime when there was still snow on the ground so the trails were a bit icy and treacherous. Would really like to do this again in the spring or summer when there's more... More 

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Wantage, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Wonderful day on Shelter Island. We were camping in Hither Hills; drove to the ferry. We took the ferry over with bikes in tow. Biked to Mashomack Preserve and enjoyed a lovely 6-mile hike around the preserve. Beautiful scenery, tranquil and interesting. The personnel were very helpful and friendly. Afterward, we biked all over the island - beautiful, stunning place.... More 

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Costa Rica
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Preserve is set up in such a way that you can basically get lost in nature and forget what's going on around in the planet. There's so much info provided by signs and stops on the trails and animals are seriously friendly. Within a few hours you can learn so much and see wild life and at the same... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Perfect for cross country skiing, as well as hiking. There are a few options for hikes, shorter and longer (9 miles). Unfortunately, no bikes and no dogs allowed.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Spent 3 hours at the Preserve. Trails are very well maintained and marked. Didn't see a single piece of trash. This was mid October so the colors were just starting to pop. The Great Meadow was beautiful. We felt this was "the" thing to do on the island. Be warned, closed on Tuesday.

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New York, New York, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Great hikes, 3-10 miles for every fitness level. Knowledgable staff who really love explaining all that nature has to offer at this wonderful preserve.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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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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