Bayard Cutting Arboretum's purpose is "to provide an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty, and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting." The current collection of fir, spruce, pine, cypress, hemlock and other conifers is probably the most extensive to be found on Long Island. Also found are extensive plantings of dwarf evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, hollies and oaks, wildflowers and daffodils. With the park's ponds and streamlets, these plantings provide food and homes for land and aquatic birds, fox, raccoon and other wildlife.A permit is required to take wedding photos at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. It must be obtained prior to the event and a fee may be required. Please contact the park for further information.

This is a great spot. A lot of variety, and so many side trails you can explore. We went there with 2.5 hours to spend, and I felt I needed a whole day to see everything! beautiful views of the water and if you go off the path in the the wooded trails, you can hear and see a decent amount of wildlife. We wound up walking over 3 miles total and didn't even do half of it. Beautiful trees and nature, a lot to see and just overall a really clean and great experience. We brought our 3.5 year old and she loved every minute of it too.

Great trails with lots of flowers and plants to enjoy, and plenty of wildlife. Park also includes an old mansion with a large open rear yard bordering the bay. Just double check the hours before you go, they are private owned so they close early. Also I believe it is paid parking.