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Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

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The Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest includes nearly 6,000 acres of Pine Barrens and open lands. The area was once operated by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) as a global communications center, but that function became obsolete with the arrival of earth orbiting communication satellites. Within Rocky Point, access by daily permit is required Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 & within January Deer Season (reservations are required for weekends, holidays and January Deer Season). Access by seasonal permit Jan. 2 - Oct. 31. Permits are free.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

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

There are 12.2 miles of trails that provide excellent hiking opportunities. The Red and Blue trails create a loop of 10.2 miles. There is a Demonstration Forest along Paumanok Path (leaves DEC website). Users are reminded that a DEC Permit is required while using hiking trails. Call (631) 444-0270 for info.

All trails and roads on the property are closed during shotgun season, which begins on the first Sunday in January and continues through the remainder of the month.

Hiking Trails and Distances
Trail Name Length (Miles)
Accessible 0.5
Blue Hiking Trail 4.8
Paumanok Path 0.7
Red Hiking Trail 5.4
Average Yellow Connector Trails 0.8

Biking

Mountain Biking

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

Users are reminded that helmet, eye protection, and a DEC permit are required while using designated bicycle trails. Call (631) 444-0270 for info.

Table of mountain bike trails, their difficulty and length
Trail Name Family Trail
(Beginner)
Yellow Trail
(Intermediate)
Black Diamond
(Advanced)
2X Black Diamond
(Advanced)
Trail Length
(Miles)
25A Bypass Connector X 0.7
Big Birch X 0.2
Campsite X 0.3
Dragon X 0.1
East Bail-Out X 2.6
East Trail X 7.3
Fern Valley X 0.2
Firestone Loop X 1.8
Giant Steps X 0.2
Half Pipe X 0.7
Little Dipper X 0.1
Log Jam X 0.2
Mogul One X 0.2
Mogul Two X 0.3
Outback Loop X 3.0
Over the Hill X 0.3
Pine Loop X 1.5
Rattle Snake X 0.1
Rocky Point Moguls X 0.6
Shorty X 0.1
Space Landing X 0.5
Waterbottle Hill X 0.2
West Bail-Out X 0.8
West Trail X 7.3
Westside Junior X 0.1

Beginner family trails are marked with WHITE markers. Leveled one and two-way segments of trail appropriate for beginners.

Intermediate & advanced yellow trails are marked with YELLOW markers.
Main Loop -11.2 Miles
Optional Westside Loop -3.4 Miles

Advanced Black Diamond Loops always start and return to the Main Loop. Challenging one-way with several uphill climbs and numerous turns.

Additional Rules for Bicyclists

  • Bicycling is permitted on Rocky Point, Otis Pike, Edgewood, Eastport and Calverton.
  • Bicycling is allowed only on marked bicycling trails, except on the Otis Pike Preserve where only established roads may be used.
  • Cyclists must wear hard-shell helmets and eye protection and shall yield to official vehicles and equipment, horseback riders and hikers.
    Bicycling is not permitted at Rocky Point, Otis Pike, Eastport and Calverton from November 1 through January 31 due to the small game and deer shotgun seasons, or as posted.
  • Trails at these four properties may remain closed until as late as April 1,or as posted, due to excessive impacts from the late winter freeze and thaw cycles.
  • Mountain biking is allowed year-round on DEC's Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

Wildlife Management Unit: 1C

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

Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Crosscountry skiing
Snowshoeing

General information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations. Proof of current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses and out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate.

There are 19.6 miles of trails that offer horseback riding opportunities. Call (631) 444-0270 for info. There is an accessible mounting platform located at the Whiskey Road horse trailer parking area.

Horseback riding trails and length
Trail Name Length
(miles)
Blue Horse Trail 6.4
Lust Garden Loop 2.3
Red Horse Trail West 4.9
Red Horse Trail East 5.2
Average Yellow Connector Trails 0.8

Watchable Wildlife

General information on watchable wildlife includes tips for viewing wildlife and links to other watchable wildlife locations

Wildlife to Watch

  • Opossums
  • Raccoons
  • Woodchucks
  • Orioles
  • Woodpeckers
  • Great blue heron
  • Great horned owls
  • Woodcocks
  • Quails
  • Painted turtles
  • White-tailed deer

Where to Watch

  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Equestrian trails
  • Access permit required

Accessible Features

motorized access program for people with disabilities

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

There are 2.12 miles of trails, Firestone Road and Woods Road, in the middle section of the forest that allows motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

The 0.5-mile Accessible Trail, which is in full compliance with ADA requirements, is located in the southern section of the property.

The Whiskey Road horse trailer parking area provides an accessible mounting platform for horseback riding assistance.

Directions

From the Long Island Expressway, take Exit 67N (County Rte. 21 - Rocky Point Road). Follow north 6 miles to Whiskey Road. Turn right on Whiskey Road, main entrance to property on left. Parking areas are located on Route 25A in Rocky Point, Rocky Point Road (bike trail access only), and Whiskey Road. Permit station for property is located at the Ridge Conservation Area.

  • North Hiking Trailhead Parking Lot (40.9444771°N, 72.9489441°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Bypass parking area west (40.9455872°N, 72.9302292°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Bypass parking area east (40.9458771°N, 72.9194489°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Whiskey Road Horse Trail Parking Lot (40.9082451°N, 72.9482651°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Demonstration Forest Parking Lot (40.906877°N, 72.915063°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • South Bicycle Trailhead Parking Lot (40.9114075°N, 72.9417725°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 Rocky Point 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.

Specific Rules

A seasonal access permit is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island with the exception of the Ridge Conservation Area.

Within the Rocky Point State Forest, access by daily permit is required Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 & within January Deer Season (reservations are required for weekends, holidays and January Deer Season). Access by seasonal permit Jan. 2 - Oct. 31.

Recreationists must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.

How We Manage Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) 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 & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

Ecological Forest Operations for Southern Pine Beetle Management are being used to manage this forest pest.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us R1info@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Gas, food, dining opportunities, lodging and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Rocky Point.

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

There is a demonstration forest highlighting the ecological forest operations used to control Southern Pine Beetle (SPB). SPB was found on Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest in 2015, which led to the establishment of this test plot. The demonstration forest is located south of Wading River Hollow Road.

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.