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Udalls Cove & Ravine Natural Resource Area

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Udall's Cove Locator Map

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 fishing. There are no designated parking areas but street-side parking is available.

Featured Activities



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

Several short hiking trails wind their way through the property.

View of a pond in Udalls Cove



General information on marine fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and 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.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

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.

Udalls 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 (40.777532°N, 73.743599°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 Udall's Cove and 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 - be prepared to take your trash home with you.
  • No hunting is allowed on any Region 2 properties.
  • No camping.
  • Fishing at saltwater sites is regulated by DEC. 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.

***Stay Safe - Bring a Friend When Visiting the Property ***

Illegal activities are strictly prohibited on state property.

Planning and Management

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 and 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 and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Gas, food and other supplies as well as dining and lodging can be found in the nearby community of Queens.

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

Numerous guidebooks 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.

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