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: 3 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Dropped of my car for servicing nearby and thought I’d find a nice, easy, short trail to enjoy while I waited and it was great. Wide and clearly marked trails throughout, though very wet and muddy ground, especially towards the south. On the southern side of the forest is the majestic Great South Bay, with a nice view of the Robert Moses Causeway. Beautiful! I wouldn’t travel far to come here, but if you’re in Western Suffolk County and on the south shore, it’s definitely worth sn hour or so of your time.

mountain biking
muddy
20 days ago

Easy trail, tho Very muddy today, a lot of people traffic walking down towards beach. 2nd time riding our bikes down here from west Islip. 7.3 miles total.

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
29 days ago

Bring bug spray! If it’s after rain there’s lots of trails full of mud with no bridge or trunks to use to walk over. We actually made one today on one path to get through! Lots of dogs walked there so watch out for poop left behind. If you have a dog please bring a bag and please don’t leave the bag by a tree! There are garbages near the parking lot!

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

walking
muddy
3 months ago

Nice hike/walk a lot of dogs...nice walk

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

Another lovely walk through Gardiners Park. Very muddy, though most of the mud is in the back end of the trails so it’s easy to avoid— if you come to a muddy patch it’s always possible to turn around and take another, dryer route. Many dogs, not overly-crowded. Beautiful trees and peaceful woods. Clearly marked trails, perfect for an hr or so walk with the dog.

muddy
3 months ago

Good place for an hour long hike, with beautiful views of the bay. Went here around 10 am on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet with only few people. going off the marked trails yields interesting surprises. definitely worth exploring. Plenty of signs that say dogs aren't allowed off-leash so I'm not sure if it's that dog friendly anymore. Regardless, my pup enjoyed.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Always a great trail, lots of dog. Dog park area And lots of little trails winding down toward the bay. Great park for an hour or to walk, very flat and wide trails but sometimes very muddy.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Such a nice park! Easy walks with tons of trails and very very dog friendly.

hiking
7 months ago

Well marked trails with flat terrain. Also when taking an alternate path, can find beautiful views of the water.

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

On a nice dry day that’s had several dry days before it- this park is great, however if it’s rained within the past four days - expect MUD. Also, very buggy, was there for like half an hour and left with seven mosquito bites!

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 months ago

The fitness trail was fun! Cover up, it is very buggy!!! But a nice couple mile walk!

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

recorded Recording - Jun 20, 10:35 AM

hiking
11 months ago

went when it was foggy and supposed to rain. eaten alive is a understatement I was completely covered up too but that didn't help

bugs
muddy
Thu Apr 25 2019

I hate this park cause there are soooo many bugs. Even with spray I was getting eaten up. If there wasn't as many bugs then I'd enjoy it. I only go here if my friends want to go other than that I try to avoid Gardners

Sun Sep 09 2018

Trail is OK - only problem is dog poop everywhere - a lot of folks bring dogs and not all pick up after them. My kids call this place dog poop park.

Thu Jun 14 2018

nice, straight path down to the beach. there are side trails, but it rained the day before so they were mostly flooded. still a lovely walk with the pups.

Fri Apr 20 2018

I love taking my dog here. Great trail to the water and awesome view.

Fri Nov 10 2017

Great park, just wish people would follow the rules and keep their dogs on a leash

Sat Aug 05 2017

Wear the right clothing!! I got bitten by mosquitoes all over my body even with bug spray.

hiking
Tue Jul 18 2017

Bring bugspray! Tons of green flies

walking
Sun Jul 09 2017

Good for a walk with your dog. Lots of bunnies on the walk.

bird watching
Sun Jun 04 2017

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.

Mon Apr 03 2017

Great walk. short but great

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