Sound View Dunes Park Forest Trail

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Southold, New York

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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

views

wildlife

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 freshwater interdunal swales are low, shallow freshwater wetlands that occur between dunes.

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over grown
5 days ago

90% deeper sand for 2 seconds of prettyish beach. Which you can’t really walk far on as it’s private. Too much sand.

hiking
7 days ago

Sound View is a great, moderately easy and beautiful hike through woodlands, wetlands and beach. Super peaceful, super serene, and beauty everywhere, especialky as you get towards the beach and the tranquil LI Sound. Two trails, red and blue, are clearly marked and easy to follow with very few off-trail pathways that could get you lost. The trail is doable in about an hours’ time and definitely worth a quick stop if you’re in the area.

Best trail I’ve ever hiked on Long Island! My favorite by far!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful short loop among pines and sand dunes leading down to a beautiful beach.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in April, great views from the woods (no leaves on trees), short hike, and windy but we were prepared. Highly recommended for <1hr hike with great views and some beach time. We did the red trail into blue trail (the loop).

hiking
8 months ago

Good trail to bring our older dog. Not too challenging and beautiful view of the sound. She approved

hiking
8 months ago

eonderful little loop trail. Awesome views of the Long Island Sound.

hiking
Thu May 03 2018

Love it! Watch out for ticks!

Wed Jan 03 2018

easy hike, beautiful view of conecticut

hiking
Sat Nov 04 2017

The park is an easy hike and affords views in the woods and along the Long Island Sound beach. There are a couple of main trails. Know that some people don’t follow the rules about dogs on a leash, so if you’re intimidated by dogs, that could be an issue. Parking is also tight. But it’s pretty in all Seasons.

hiking
Wed Sep 07 2016

Beautiful quiet trail through the woods and along the beach.

walking
Mon Feb 22 2016

Part of the trail is along the sound beach, and the sand can be difficult to walk in. The beach is absolutely beautiful!

hiking
Thu Nov 15 2012

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.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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