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Mashomack Preserve

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Address: 79 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, NY
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This Nature Conservancy property spans 2,100 acres, and accounts for...

This Nature Conservancy property spans 2,100 acres, and accounts for one-third of the land on Shelter Island.

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Pristine Beauty

One third of Shelter Island is comprised of Mashomack Preserve, which one can see from the deck of the South Ferry, on Smith Cove. While the shoreline that is visible is... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
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NY NY
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172 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

One third of Shelter Island is comprised of Mashomack Preserve, which one can see from the deck of the South Ferry, on Smith Cove. While the shoreline that is visible is exquisite, there is so much more beyond the public eye. There is ample parking, and then a visitor's center which has a blackboard outside chronicling the things people have... More 

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Shelter Island, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Over 2000 acres of woods, well marked trails set up for the casual walk to serious day hike. Gives you an opportunity to see what Shelter Island looked like before all the beach front houses came along. Not usually crowded.

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Babylon, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We love that this preserve has 4 trails to choose from to support the different type of day you're having.

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Thank Robin A
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Went to Mashomack after finding it on a list of Hiking trails close to NYC. There are four trail options (1.5,3,6 and 12 miles). I decided to do the 6 mile, which took about 2 hours. The trail was gorgeous. Definitely bundle up and wear hiking boots if you go in the winter, as there were parts (especially on the... More 

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Redding, Connecticut, USA
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490 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Spent hours wandering the well maintained trails at Mashomack. The signage is excellent and the entire reserve is beautiful. Views of a salt March and water beyond were peaceful and idyllic. We loved our time there. There is also a very nice visitors center. I loved the bird egg displays.

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Shelter Island, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016

If you've wondered what shelter island looked like before Europeans came and before big $$$ showed up this is 2400 acres of forest, shoreline and fauna that is pretty much what the island once looked like. Good hiking, some nice views, nothing spectacular...but, worth the time.

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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283 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Birds, butterflies, sun glistening on the water and will marked trails. You can hike for hours in this lovely preserve. There is lots of uneven terrain and tree limbs, so wear shoes with lots of support. There are miles and miles of trails. A great way to get exercise on a summer day.

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East Meadow, New York
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151 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

If you need a little rest from the sun, this is the place to find it. Plenty of shade, fabulous trees and great walking trails that can take anywhere from 45 minutes to close to 3 hours to finish. The trails are clearly marked so you won't get lost. There are also many highlighted spots describing the trees and plants... More 

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Brooklyn
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We only did the short (red) trail, 1.5 miles, and found it nice but a little boring. I think the longer, 3 mile or longer, hikes might be more interesting and will take you down to the waterfront.

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denver colorado
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Went hiking here while visiting with family. Beautiful area. Well maintained. Staff was very pleasant, informative. Would highly recommend.

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