Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary (Shu Swamp)

EASY 5 reviews

Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary (Shu Swamp) is a 1 mile loop trail located near Mill Neck, NY and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles Loop

kid friendly


5 months ago

10 months ago

Overgrown and poorly kept. My wife and I walked the trails this past weekend. We were saddened to see that the preserve had not been kept up. Strangle vines and huge wild rose bushes are smothering the legitimate flora. Something needs to be done, as soon, before the whole Preserve is destroyed.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Local trail. Always quiet. Plenty of wildlife

2 years ago

Great trails. No dogs and no bikes (too muddy...). Wildlife and interesting fauna abound! Also note, the preserve is closed on Fridays for trail work. The tulip trees here are some of the tallest in the world

4 years ago

Hiking there for over fifty years. A rainforest on Long Island. Beautiful place to be. Woods, streams & ponds. Wildlife. Huge Great Blue Herons & Egrets. Snapping Turtles. Swans. Can be very muddy. Aside from the loop there's an out & back for another mile with an optional return trail recently added. Old growth woods. Well maintained. Stay on the trail since it's surrounded by private property. It has been terribly beaten from the storms & hurricanes over the past 10 - 20 years. A nice bird watching platform had been completely destroyed & some of the geography has changed. The trails have been restored. Aside from the trails, the scenic backroad trip getting there is also quite enjoyable. You can take the causeway & see the other side of the lake you saw from the trail & the Mill Neck Creek which ends up in the Long Island Sound via Bayville Creek & Oyster Bay Harbor.