Kings Park Unique Area
- Open for recreation: Year-round, Free Access Permit Required
- Fee: Free
- Contact: State Forestry Office in Stony Brook (631) 444-0285 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Forest Ranger: (347) 582-1071; Emergencies: 911
- Location: Suffolk County WMU: 1C
- Map: As a PDF (1 MB)
Kings Park Unique area is a 69-acre green space, located at the southwest corner of Meadow and Lawrence Roads in Kings Park. The area is open for hiking, bowhunting, and wildlife viewing and features an accessible parking lot and trails.
Hiking is allowed throughout property. The trails lead hikers through oak brush and early successional habitat. The longest hiking trail is the 1.1 mile blue loop trail. There is also a 0.3 mile ADA Accessible trail, the yellow trail.
One can expect to see: white tailed deer, turkeys, flying squirrels, red squirrels, box turtles, eastern cottontails, red eyed vireos, eastern wood peewees, and hairy woodpeckers.
Kings Park Unique Area is open to bowhunting only and in accordance with State laws and regulations. One parking spot (for up to two hunters) is designated for hunters only during bowhunting seasons. Only one vehicle with up to two people may hunt on Kings Park Unique Area at a time. Follow all hunting safety guidelines and be prepared before going into the woods. Hunting map (scroll down on page).
Kings Park Unique Area provides accessible parking and an ADA accessible trail. This trail is 0.3 mile in length and made of crushed stone and sand. The trail drops 1 foot in elevation for every 20 feet in length, an easy gradient for wheelchairs, scooters and strollers. Learn more about accessible recreation opportunities on DEC lands.
From 25A by Kings Park High School, take Lawrence Road south 0.5 miles, turn right on Meadow Road and go 0.25 miles, parking lot is on the left.
GPS coordinates: 40.881255, -73.247089, Google Map (leaves the DEC website)
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
All users of State Forests must follow certain rules for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.
Site-Specific Rules for Kings Park Unique Area
- A free seasonal access permit is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island with the exception of the Ridge Conservation Area.
- Regulations for Use of NYSDEC Managed Lands in Suffolk County.
How We Manage Kings Park Unique Area
The property consists of 69 acres located at the southwest corner of Meadow and Lawrence Roads in Kings Park. The land, originally part of the Kings Park State Hospital, was transferred to DEC in 1966 to serve as a "greenway" for the surrounding residential developments.