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Nissequogue River State Park

Kings Park, Suffolk Co.

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This park is on the migratory path of a high diversity of bird species, particularly warblers, songbirds and wading birds, and contains a bird conservation area. From mid-July through mid-October, each evening, exactly at dusk, more than 100 egrets descend into the trees around the pond and along the river, making a piercing racket in the trees as they jockey for a roosting site for the night.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Raptors and songbirds, including osprey, Baltimore orioles, yellow and yellowthroat warblers and hermit thrushes
  • Wading birds, including snowy egrets, great egrets, black-crowned night herons, and great blue herons
  • Waterfowl, including red-breasted and hooded mergansers, long-tailed ducks, common goldeneyes, and white-winged scoters
  • White-tailed deer, red fox, and eastern cottontail rabbits
  • Painted turtles, shellfish and small crustaceans

Where to Watch

  • Tidal wetlands dominated by cordgrass
  • Forested bluffs of black walnut, maple, cherry and oak
  • River channel and a pond

Recreational Opportunities

  • Accessible hiking and fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature trails with lookouts, photo blinds and an interpretive kiosk
  • Canoe and kayak launch
  • Marina and boat launch
  • Accessible visitor center and educational services
  • Staff or self-guided tours, as well as interpretive brochures


152 acres

Closest Town

Kings Park


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Contact Information

Address: 799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY 11754
Telephone: 631-269-4927
Website: Nissequogue River State Park (leaves DEC website)

Photo Credits: Jim Clayton