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Mashomack Preserve

79 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, NY
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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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Patchogue, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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Wading River
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Walking these trails, you can forget you are so close to civilization. Bald eagles have been spotted, the Blue herons and egrets call it home and you might see a fox or two. Pack some water for the walk, especially the long trail. This alone is worth a trip to Shelter Island, which has much more to offer with great... More

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Shelter Island, New York, USA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Mashomack Preserve covers almost a third of picturesque Shelter Island. There are miles of beautiful hiking trails and creeks and beautiful shorelines that can be explored on kayak tours. Great nature center and short walking trail with fun displays. Good calendar of events. Absolutely worth a visit.

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Stony Brook, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

A very nice preserve with several trails to hike from 1.5 miles to over 11! Well maintained and provide a diverse view of the wildlife on Shelter Island. A good workout due to the hills but definitely worth it!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I have lived in shelter island and my 3 son's were born there,beautiful island, a must visit, hope to go back some day.

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

What a wonderful hike me and my wife had today. Even picnicked when we entered the first trail(yellow). If you're in the area do go. You won't be disappointed.

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