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Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area

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View of a pond in Udalls CoveUdalls Cove encompasses nearly 33 acres of diverse wetlands, forests, and salt marshes between the towns of Little Neck Bay and Douglas Manor in Queens County, New York. A wide variety of activities may be enjoyed within the grounds, including hiking, nature observation and photography, bird watching, and even fishing.

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

Several short hiking trails wind their way through the property.

***Stay Safe- Bring a Friend When Out On the Trails***



General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations

Long Island/NYC Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.


Udalls Cove

Along the northeastern shoreline of Queens, N.Y., lies the inlet of Little Neck Bay off the Long Island Sound known as Udalls Cove. Salt marshes, considered critical components of natural water filtration, provide key services that contribute to the health of humans and surrounding ecosystems, as well as improving water quality through the removal of various pollutants. In addition to providing these invaluable services, salt marshes also enable a vast array of plant and wildlife to thrive.

Though seemingly impossible, the diversity within the preserve is compounded by two sparkling freshwater streams. Gabler's Creek, the bigger of the two, slowly cuts its way through the steep wooded slopes of the ravine before passing by Aurora Pond and the freshwater wetlands on its way out to the salt marsh at the edge of the Cove.

This damp protected habitat is a great place to spot a variety of reptiles and amphibians, such as fowler toads, frogs, salamanders, and snapping turtles. Shorebirds and waterfowl including egrets, osprey, herons, ducks, geese, and swans can also be found in great numbers along the shoreline, wading in the marsh, and gliding over Aurora Pond. Also, osprey platforms were erected in the wetland near the end of Little Neck parkway.


From the LIE, exit at Little Neck Parkway. Little Neck parkway ends at 255th Street. Street-side parking is available.

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 Udall's Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area 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.

For your safety and protection of the property, the following regulations are in place:

  • All State Properties are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
  • No hunting on any Region 2 properties.
  • No camping.
  • Fishing at saltwater sites is regulated by NYSDEC. See Rules and Regulations.
  • Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is strictly prohibited.
  • Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
  • Unauthorized use of motor vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

How We Manage Udall's Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area

DEC is developing a recreation management plan which will describe the management activities for public recreation on 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.

If you have questions about this UMP, please email us at

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Queens County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

More about Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area:

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