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Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

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Address
25 Lloyd Harbor Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Latitude 40.914257
Longitude -73.473289

Spring Nature Programs

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, situated on a scenic peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, offers miles of bridle paths, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and nature trails over acres of woodland, meadows, rock shoreline and salt marsh. The park has beautiful gardens, excellent fishing and scuba diving by permit. In 1921 Marshall Field III purchased 1750 acres of Lloyd Neck to create one large estate. He named the land after its Matinecock Indian name, Caumsett, which means "place by a sharp rock."

Field created a self-sufficient English-style estate as a combination country club, hunting preserve, and home, complete with its own water and electrical supply. When the estate was finished, it had facilities for every sport except golf. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve was acquired by New York State in 1961. The park is diverse; fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and nature study are among the many activities visitors may pursue. The polo pony barn provides lessons, boarding & equestrian services as part of the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center. The summer cottage houses the Nassau BOCES Outdoor and Environmental Education Program. The historic Henry Lloyd Manor house built in 1711 is leased to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society. The Historical Society provides historic interpretation of life during the colonial period.

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

 *Engagement, wedding, family, and other professional photography at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve requires a permit which must be obtained prior to your arrival. The permit application can be acquired from the Permit Office at 631-321-3515 or online here. The application must be received no less than 10 business days prior to the date of event. Park use applications and fees can be sent to:
NY State Parks Permit Office P.O. Box 247 Babylon, NY 11702

*Visitors, please note: Metal detecting at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is prohibited.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week.
  • Admission: April through November vehicle use fee in effect, Empire Passport accepted. Hours of collection change throughout the season, please call for details.
  • Cross country skiing is available during the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

    Fishing is allowed 4/1 - 12/31. Permits can be obtained at Babylon Hdqtrs. & Caumsett (Limited no. avail.)

    Scuba Diving is available 4/1 - 12/31. Permit obtained at Babylon Hdqtrs.
  • All commercial photography requires a permit, including wedding, family, engagment photos. Please contact the Long Island Regional Permits Office for assistance: 631-321-3515.

  • All Horses must be current on all vaccinations and be able to show proof upon request. All equestrian riders must wear helmets.

  • Visitors, please note: Metal detecting at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is prohibited. Also prohibited are: Rollerblades, skateboards, longboards, scooters (any type), pets, and open fires (any type). 

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Caumsett Fishing Permit
  • Annual Permit $40
    Non-Residents $75
    24 Hour Permit $15
  • Regional Diving Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $65
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $110
  • Scuba Diving
  • Annual Permit $30
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only)$35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fee collected:
    4/2/16 - 5/22/16 Weekends only, 8am - 4:30pm
    5/28/16 - 9/5/16 Daily, 8am - 5:00pm
    9/6/16 - 10/10/16 Daily, 8am - 4:00pm
    10/15/16 - 11/20/16 Weekends only, 8am - 3:00pm

Maps

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Key BCA Criteria
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- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Individual species concentration site

- Species at risk site

The Caumsett BCA is within Caumsett State Historic Park. Caumsett is part of NY Audubon's Huntington and Northport Bays' Important Bird Area. It is on Lloyd Neck, a peninsula on the north shore of Long Island jutting out into Long Island Sound. The Caumsett BCA is special because it has a variety of habitats that attract many different species of birds. About two-thirds of the Caumsett BCA is forest, predominately oak-tulip tree forest. Other habitats include successional old field, low salt marsh, marine eelgrass meadow, maritime beach, successional shrub land and salt shrub. The Caumsett BCA is also an important stopover for migratory songbirds that fly over Long Island Sound. Caumsett offers a variety of education and recreation programs including fishing, hiking, birding, nature photography, nature study and guided tours.

The site supports a high diversity of migratory birds, especially forest dwelling Neotropical migrants. Breeding birds include several species listed in New York as endangered, threatened or of special concern: Osprey (special concern), Piping Plover (state endangered and federal threatened), Common Tern (state threatened) and Least Tern (state threatened). Other state-listed species observed at Caumsett include Common Loon (special concern), Bald Eagle (state and federal threatened), Northern Harrier (threatened), Sharp-shinned Hawk (special concern), Cooper's Hawk (special concern), Northern Goshawk (special concern), Red-shouldered Hawk (special concern), Golden Eagle (endangered), Peregrine Falcon (endangered), Short-eared Owl (endangered), Whip-poor-will (special concern), Red-headed Woodpecker (special concern), Vesper Sparrow (special concern) and Grasshopper Sparrow (special concern). Piping Plovers have nested at Lloyd Point since at least 1988 with up to 13 nesting pairs. Least Terns have nested nearly every year since at least 1977 with up to 100 pairs breeding at the Point. Common Terns first nested in 1998. Protection and management of nestlings and fledglings of these species at risk is done by State Parks. All three of these species are surveyed annually as part of the Long Island Colonial Waterbird and Piping Plover Survey.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Go birding with the Caumsett Bird Checklist.

Sat 09 Jul
Ellis Adler, aka The Funny Man
Saturday, July 9, 2016 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

The laughter is non-stop while children watch him perform. Amazingly, with all the laughter, the show has great educational value. The children watch step-by-step as Ellis goes through the process of becoming a clown. They watch him warming up "in laughter "and then help him with the sequence of putting on his makeup and clown suit. Lastly, they go to "clown school," learning basic concepts of clowning: pretending, making funny movements, storytelling, and most importantly, making others laugh! A sprinkling of magic is part of the act with a live rabbit who does tricks and who all the children get to pet at the end of the show. There is so much laughter and fun - truly a magical experience. Bring your own seating, blankets or chairs.

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect. For information on cancellation due to weather, please check www.caumsettfoundation.org the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770.

Tue 12 Jul
Meet the Farm Animals
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

East side of Dairy Complex near main parking lot.Cornell Cooperative Extension will visit Caumsett again this year, with their popular program, "Meet the Farm Animals." arriving with goats, ducks, sheep, and often surprise guests!! (Past visitors have included new-born piglets!!) Families will be delighted by the close up and personal visits with the animals as well as the excellent instruction from the educators. This event takes place on the East side of the Farm Complex, a short walk from the parking lot. This event is presented free of charge by The Caumsett Foundation. No registration required. Appropriate for children of all ages. In the event of rain or extreme heat (danger for animals) event will be rescheduled.

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect. For information on cancellation due to weather, please check www.caumsettfoundation.org the day of the event, or contact the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve office at 631-423-1770.

Sat 16 Jul
Field to Forest Family Hike
Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 692-8488

The Caumsett Foundation's Family Nature Hike Series - Part 1Join The Caumsett Foundation's expert naturalist as we explore the former grazing fields of the Marshall Field Gold Coast estate. Learn about the natural succession of plants as we hike the fields and forest areas of Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. Our naturalist, who has extensive experience working with children of all ages, will discuss the animals and plants and history of Caumsett. We'll look for evidence of fox kits, young deer, and the many species of birds and hawks that inhabit this magnificent Preserve. This is an approximately 2 to 3 mile hike over varied landscapes, approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Appropriate for families with children ages 7 and older. Bring a picnic lunch and continue your adventure after the hike is over. This is a very interactive hike, with questions welcome as we explore the beauty of Caumsett.

Please wear appropriate shoes for hiking, bring water and snacks, and dress appropriately for off-road hiking (no shorts) and weather-appropriate clothing. We meet at the information kiosk at 10:30 am. Reservations are required, no walk-ins. Contact Anne at 631-692-8488 or e-mail to kconeys@optonline.net by July 14

Registration: Required
Tue 19 Jul
Yoga in the Walled Garden with Erica Settino
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 06:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Please join us for an extraordinary experience as instructor Erica Settino leads us through a rejuvenating hour of peaceful yoga and meditation in the lovely Walled Garden.  This program is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. Come experience the healing power of yoga practiced in nature.  Please bring your own mat and water, and wear comfortable clothing. This event is sponsored by the Caumsett Foundation (www.caumsettfoundation.org) and is free to the public In the event of rain, this event is cancelled. 

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect.  

Sat 23 Jul
Volunteers for Wildlife in the Walled Garden
Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Former residents of Caumsett,now residing in Bailey Arboretum, Volunteers for Wildlife is an amazing organization providing rescue and rehabilitation for birds and animals on Long Island.  Their visiting educator will bring along some furry and feathered friends to teach families about the resident wildlife of Caumsett and all of Long Island.  A family friendly event not to be missed!!  Please bring your own seating (blankets or chairs) and considering staying on in the Park for a picnic or walk after the program.  

Each event has the standard $8.00 per vehicle use fee in effect.  

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Did You Know? Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is host to over 200 species of birds.

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