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Panamoka Pine Barrens State Forest

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Panamoka Pine Barrens State Forest is a 98.1-acre undeveloped property consisting of pine barrens habitat. It is located to the east of William Floyd Parkway and north of Middle Country Road/Route 25, adjacent to Brookhaven State Park (leaves DEC website). The area is open to hunting, trapping, hiking and wildlife viewing.

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 both small and big game. 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. Panamoka falls under the hunting dates for the Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area.

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

Hiking

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

Tarkill Trail runs through the property and connects with other trails in the adjacent Brookhaven State Park (leaves DEC website), which has 25 miles of multi-use trails.

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.

Directions

The property is located to the east of William Floyd Parkway and north of Middle Country Road/Route 25 in the Town of Brookhaven, adjacent to Brookhaven State Park (leaves DEC website). There are several parking areas for the property that provide access. Each of them have space for only one car.

  • Forest Trail parking area (40.918123°N, 72.851633°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).
  • Wyandanch Trail parking area (40.915801°N, 72.847576°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).
  • Tarkill Trail parking area (40.914427°N, 72.847431°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).
  • Montauk Trail parking area (40.909481°N, 72.846879°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website).

During hunting season, these parking areas are only available for use by hunters. During the rest of the year, they can be used by all visitors to the property for any kind of recreation.

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 Panamoka 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 Panamoka 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 Middle Island, Ridge, Rocky Point and Wading River.
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Middle Island, Rocky Point and Wading River.
Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Middle Island, Ridge, Riverhead, Rocky Point, Shoreham and Wading River.
Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Medford, Riverhead, Rocky Point and Wading River.

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.