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East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest

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East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest is a 99.7-acre undeveloped property consisting of pine barrens habitat. It is located north of the Long Island Expressway and south of Middle Country Road/Route 25. The area is open to hunting, trapping, biking and wildlife viewing. There are no designated trails but hiking is allowed throughout the property. The state forest is located next to Cathedral Pines County Park (leaves DEC website) which also offers recreational opportunities.

A free seasonal access permit is required for using this property.

Users must observe regulations for use of DEC-managed lands in Suffolk County.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 1C

General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Hunt for big game only; small game hunting is not allowed. Hunting is allowed anywhere on the property, except on areas marked as restricted or excluded. Please abide by all hunting regulations. Consult hunting on Long Island for information on hunting opportunities and obtaining hunting permits. See Long Island Public Hunting Areas for specifics on the types of hunting that are allowed on this property.

Special regulations that relate to this property are in effect for the January firearms deer hunting season.

For questions related to hunting on this property, call the Stony Brook office at 631-444-0310.

Biking

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General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

The neighboring Cathedral Pines County Park (leaves DEC website) has several bike trails, one of which runs along the border between the two properties. These trails are maintained by Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (CLIMB) (leaves DEC website).

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

A variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians use the unique habitats of the pine barrens. Animals you might find here include white-tailed deer, red fox, opossum, Eastern cottontail, red-tailed hawk, osprey, pine warbler, turkey, bald eagle, Eastern box turtle and Eastern hognose snake.

Accessible Features

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General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

The 0.33-mile East Bartlett Access Road that leads into the property is one of the Department's Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) routes on Long Island.

Directions

The property is located north of the Long Island Expressway and south of Middle Country Road/Route 25 in the Town of Brookhaven. There is no designated parking area for the property but roadside parking is available. The property entrance is located at 40.861189°N, 72.947078°W - Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

How We Manage East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest

DEC is developing a management plan which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural and human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at R1.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Gas can be found in the nearby communities of Coram, Medford and Yaphank.
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Coram, Medford and Middle Island.
Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Coram, Medford, Middle Island and Yaphank.
Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Bellport, Holtsville and Medford.

Discover Long Island (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.