Sound View Dunes Park Forest Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Beautiful quiet trail through the woods and along the beach.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

walking
Monday, February 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
Thursday, November 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.