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Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

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The Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area includes nearly 6,000 acres of pine-oak forest and open lands in the Town of Brookhaven in north-central Suffolk County. 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. The Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area also includes the nearby Ridge Conservation Area described below.


The Rocky Point Natural Resource Management Area provides miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails as well as dog training and a variety of seasonal hunting opportunities. The 20 mile mountain bike trail is especially popular. Links to recreational maps are at the top of this page.

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 Natural Resource Management Area, 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.

Consult hunting on Long Island for information on hunting opportunities and obtaining hunting permits.

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

Field Notes

The lands of the Rocky Point Natural Management Area are comprised primarily of oak woodland and pine barrens habitat.

Tips for Using State Forests

Familiarize yourself with state forest rules and regulations which protect the forest and the environment.

Driving 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.