Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area
- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 2 Long Island City Office: (718) 482-4900 (M-F 8:45AM - 4:45PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Borough of Queens, Queens County
- Map: View the Udall's Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area Map || View same map as PDF (243 KB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Udall's 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. A wide variety of activities may be enjoyed within the grounds, including hiking, nature observation and photography, bird watching, and even fishing. There are no designated parking areas but street-side parking is available.
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.
Udall's Cove is located along the northeastern shoreline of Queens, in the inlet of Little Neck Bay off Long Island Sound. 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 plants and wildlife to thrive.
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 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. Osprey platforms have been erected in the wetland near the end of Little Neck Parkway.
From the Long Island Expressway, exit at Little Neck Parkway and follow this road until it ends at 255th Street. There are no designated parking areas but street-side parking is available.
Udall's Cove is located at 40.777532°N, 73.743599°W (Google Maps - leaves DEC website).
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 email@example.com.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Bayswater Point State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Gantry Plaza State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Norton Basin Natural Resource Area
Queens County Tourism (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.
More about Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area:
- Udalls Cove & Ravine Map - A map of Udalls Cove and Ravine Natural Resource Area