Gardiner County Park Loop

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Gardiner County Park Loop is a 1.3 mile loop trail located near Bay Shore, New York 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.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

The hike starts at the Gardiner County Park parking lot, and works around the South end of the conservation area. 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.

birding
24 days ago

Go early for birding. Being that this is a free Park, with a kids playground, open bathrooms, and ample parking, this place fills up during the day. It's a nice place for kids, as it's a big clean park packed with dogs. The hiking is pretty standard for Long Island, meaning very flat and a bit sandy in places. A well maintained Park, worth stopping by if you're in the area. Don't go out if your way though.

1 month ago

1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

I heard it will only have a dog run but will not allow dogs on the paths or down to the water. Due to many not cleaning up after their dogs and not LEASHING your dog. So no this is not one of the only parks that dogs can be off leash. Its too bad I bring my dogs here and its a really nice park.

2 months ago

Great walk. short but great

3 months ago

Sean can you really be annoyed about the dogs when it's one of the only parks that dogs can be off leash around here? We're all just trying to have a good time...

4 months ago

love this park
especially if you have dogs.

5 months ago

I'm one of those people Sean so deal with it

walking
6 months ago

A nice easy path to walk, but rather high traffic. Note that several people walk their dog off-leash, which gets annoying in a popular area...

birding
7 months ago

walking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

walking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great place to bring the kids and dog. My family and I visit this trail regularly.

walking
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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.

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

Great park for a quick jog to the bay. You can always expect to see wildlife.

walking
Monday, December 31, 2012

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.