Gardiner County Park Loop is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Bay Shore, NY and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Very easy hike, many different birds, and small animals. This loop hike is intended for a little relaxation, or a very easy family hike. Dogs Welcome Here!! The hike starts at the Gardiner County Park parking lot, and works around the South end of the conservation area. There is a map available on the state website http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/publicimages/gardiner.jpg (note the north orientation marks. There are numerous birdhouses hung throughout the trails, and you can expect to see many birds, and small wildlife. Start out on Duck Trail. Walk until you meet up with Fox Trail. Proceed on Fox Trail to Plover. Plover will take you around to the north end where you can cut in on Duck to the parking lot. Use Beach Rd (a wide trail - not a road) to walk to the Great South Bay, and this will extend your hike by about a half mile round trip. Nice views, and a decent beach add a little more to the hike. Look for bat boxes about 8-10 feet up in the trees also. The bats help with the local mosquito population.
Great place to bring the kids and dog. My family and I visit this trail regularly.
Such a great park love to take my dog here. Nice easy trails and a great walk down by the water. So pretty during all times of the year. Definitely would recommend to anyone who likes to bring their dog
Had a great time with the dog. Came during the winter. Can't wait to try it when the weather warms up so the dog can swim!! Definaty recommend if you have a dog because it is very dog friendly.
Great park for a quick jog to the bay. You can always expect to see wildlife.
Nice park. Good for dogs. Lots of different short trails that go off from main trail. Can walk to small beach on the Great South Bay. Pretty in all seasons. I have not found any ticks here. Playground and restrooms too. Busy on weekends.