Are you looking for more information about Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook? Avalon Park and Preserve, or Avalon Nature Preserve, is one of those lesser known and almost hidden gems that more people should know about! This beautiful spot is located on Harbor Road in the beautiful and historic North Shore Long Island town of Stony Brook, NY.
Since its inception, Avalon Nature Preserve has sought to protect and restore the ecological heritage of this special landscape. With the purchase of 8 acres in 1997, Avalon’s evolution began. The preserve has flourished into a thriving 216 acres of fields, forest, and wetlands, 140 of which are open to the public.
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Avalon Preserve offers many distinctive hiking and walking opportunities for individuals of varied abilities. The main sections of the preserve are Mill Pond, Coastal Corridor, Hilltop Meadow, and Forest Sanctuary. You are welcome to hike undulating forest trails or enjoy the sweeping views of meadows! Whichever you choose, you will find a trail that’s perfect for exploring.
Avalon offers approximately 5 miles of trails to enjoy. Click on this link for interactive maps. Please remember to stay on those trails, minimizing our impact on a natural habitat.
Avalon park and preserve is not only about hiking and passive recreation. There are a number of events scheduled throughout the year. Be sure to visit their website to see all that’s offered, including youth programs, yoga, and meditation. Avalon Nature Preserve also offers programs in the Avalon Observatories, which houses several permanently mounted telescopes for observation, and two-hour Audobon Society nature walks.
Help Practice Nature Conservation
Stewardship has always been at the core of Avalon Nature Preserve’s mission. Avalon’s conservation initiatives aim to sustain thriving habitats for the flora and fauna residing within the Preserve. Be sure to find out about Avalon’s exciting conservation and restoration initiatives for our shared future.
Parking is available along Main Street, on Harbor Road, and in the shopping center just past the Preserve on Main Street. Additional parking is available on Shep Jones Lane to access the Forest Sanctuary.
Additional Avalon Park and Preserve Information
Avalon park and preserve is open during the Spring/Fall (April-May/September-October) from 7AM-6PM, in the summer (June-August) from 6AM-8PM , and in the winter (November-March) from 7AM-5PM.
Avalon is FREE and open to the public year round. Leashed dogs are welcome!
200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook, L.I., NY 11790
To find out more about this wonderful place, be sure to visit avalonnaturepreserve.org or call 631-689-0619.
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