Rocky Point Natural Resource Management Area
|Description: With the abundance of wildlife that make their homes at Rocky Point, visitors
are bound to see a variety of birds and other animals. An extensive network
of trails allows users to explore Rocky Point’s pine barren and oak woodland
habitats. Access is by permit only, which is free upon request. The Ridge
Conservation Area, located nearby, is a mix of wooded and open habitats and
has four acres of fishable ponds.|
Wildlife to Watch: In Rocky Point’s oak forests, see Virginia opossums, raccoons, orioles,
woodpeckers and great horned owls. In the grasslands, find meadow voles,
woodcock, quails, pheasants and sparrows. The pine barrens host whitetailed
deer, great horned owls and brown thrashers and the rare coastal
plains buckmoth. Also seen are cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, catbirds,
great blue herons and painted turtles.
Special Tips: Permits required for entrance to Rocky Point are free and good for
three years. Applications are available online (see web address below). Trails are
open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with mountain bike and equestrian trails closed
from November 1 through January 31. The Randall Pond Nature Trail is open
year-round. The Ridge Conservation Area is open year-round, and no access
permit is required.
The Ridge Conservation Area has some accessible features, including
trails and fishing piers.
631-444-0285, NYSDEC, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356,
Other Activities: Rocky Point has an extensive network of special-use trails, including a
20-mile mountain bike trail and equestrian trails. There are three hiking
trails that connect to make an 8-mile loop through the pine barrens. The
Ridge Conservation Area boasts the Randall Pond Nature Trail, which winds
through acres of mixed wooded and open habitats.
Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Size: 6,000 acres
Closest Town: Brookhaven
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: