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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

ParkingFishingHikingHuntingHorse TrailsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Virginia Opossum - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
To Rocky Point: Take the Long Island Expy./Rte. 495 to exit 66, north on Co. 101 to Co. 21; go 6 miles to the main parking lot on the west side of Rte. 21. Additional parking is located on Rte. 25A in Rocky Point and on Whiskey Rd.

To the Ridge Conservation Area: Take the Long Island Expy./Rte. 495 to exit 68. Head north on William Floyd Pkwy./Rte. 46 to Rte. 25 west. After 0.25 mile, turn right on Randall Rd.; the entrance is on the left.

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Rocky Point Natural Resource Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area