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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

Summer 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.

Thu 28 Jul
Secrets of the Sound
Thursday, July 28, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Did you know the Long Island Sound is actually an Estuary? Join us on a hike to Caumsett's beautiful beach where we will learn about the seashore and all the creatures that call it home. Parking will be available at the main house.

$3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating 

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Jul
Children's Yoga in the Walled Garden
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Our wonderful yoga instructor, Erica Settino, will teach two children's yoga classes in the beautiful Walled Garden.  A class for ages 5 to 7 will be conducted at 10:00 AM, followed by a class for children ages 8 to 10 at 11:00 AM.  Experienced in working with young people, Erica gently leads the children through simple poses,designed to increase flexibility and promote calmness. There is still much joy and laughter as she makes it really fun! No registration required.

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

Sun 31 Jul
Native American Legends
Sunday, July 31, 2016 03:00 PM - 04:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Legends helped Native Americans to understand their enviornment. During this all-outdoor presentation of readings, geared for the avergae adult, you too will learn about nature, even as you are entertained. Short walk; much sitting on the grass. (Not recommended for children).

$4.00 per adult

Registration: Required
Sun 07 Aug
History Hike
Sunday, August 7, 2016 09:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While the main purpose of this hilly, moderatly paced 6 mile walk is to relax and socialize, we will make stops to discuss some spots of historic interest. Bring a lunch and drinking water.

$4.00 per adult

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Aug
Fresh Water Pond Family Hike: The Caumsett Foundation's Family Nature Hike Series - Part 2
Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 692-8488

Enjoy a family friendly hike to the magnificent freshwater pond at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. We will be led by the Caumsett Foundation's expert naturalist as we hike paved road and dirt trails to the large fresh water pond just south of the beach along the Long Island Sound.  Home to Large Mouth Bass, Painted and Snapping Turtles and a key water source for animals in the Park, the pond is also a stopping place for migrating and local bird life. We will have the opportunity to collect samples and search for invertebrates, and our naturalist will lead us around the entire pond, with a stop at the beach to expand on the differences between the fresh and salt water habitats. This hike will cover approximately 4 miles in 2 1/2 to 3 hours and is appropriate for families with children ages 7 and older.

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, nowalk-ins. Contact Anne at 631-692-8488 or e-mail to kconeys@optonline.net by August 11th. 

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

 

Registration: Required

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

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