Sound View Dunes Park Forest Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Southold, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Acquired by Southold Town and Suffolk County in 2008, Sound View Dunes Park's Forest Trail meanders 57-acres of beach, dune, wetland and forest habitats. Hiking, birdwatching, nature photography, fishing and nature study are among the many passive recreational uses visitors may pursue. Forest trail offers stunning views of Long Island Sound, access to the beach, and a glimpse of the maritime freshwater interdunal swale community. A rare ecological occurrence in NY and uncommon globally, maritime fw interdunal swales are low, shallow freshwater wetlands that occur between dunes.
Beautiful quiet trail through the woods and along the beach.
Part of the trail is along the sound beach, and the sand can be difficult to walk in. The beach is absolutely beautiful!
This is a fantastic trail - you hike up a dune which overlooks the Long Island Sound - what could be better?! Along the trail, the sweet pepperbush blooms in the summer and the American witch hazel shrubs in the late fall. The park is home to a great example of a maritime freshwater interdunal swale too.