Shelter Island Map
Are you looking for a handy dandy Shelter Island Map? If so…welcome!
Shelter Island is nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island. It is surrounded on three sides by Shelter Island Sound and on the fourth side by Gardiners Bay.
Shelter Island is around 8,000 acres (32 km2) in size. Vast tracts are protected wetlands, a nature preserve marshland. Nearly one-third of the island is owned by The Nature Conservancy to be preserved in a wild state. The Preserve has four nature and bird-watching trails, varying in length from 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to 11 miles (18 km), as well as a barrier-free Braille trail for the visually impaired.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Shelter Island has a total area of 27.1 square miles (70.2 km2), of which 12.1 square miles (31.4 km2) is land and 15.0 square miles (38.7 km2) (55.20%) is water.
Shelter Island Ferry
Shelter Island is…and island. One of the things that makes it so unique, peaceful, and quaint is that there are no bridges linking to the island. Shelter Island is only accessible by the Shelter Island Ferry. The North Ferry connects to Greenport on the North Fork and the trip takes approximately 8-minutes. The South Ferry connects to North Haven on the South Fork and the trip takes approximately 5 minutes.
On the island, car service is available from Shelter Island Go-Fors. Bikes can be rented from Piccozzi’s Bike Shop.
Shelter Island Neighborhoods
Check out this list of different Shelter Island neighborhoods from Wikipedia. This should help you better understand the layout of the island and maybe lean you towards on of of the Shelter Island Hotels over the others.
Dering Harbor is located on the north side of the island of Shelter Island, east of the hamlet of Shelter Island Heights. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 11, making it the least populated village in the State of New York.
is on the west side of the island overlooking West Neck Harbor. The neighborhood, made up of homes built since the 1950s, was originally part of a large egg farm called “Cackle Hill.” The farm house still anchors the Harbor View community and about 17 acres of woods around the former farm have been preserved as forever wild. Several of the children of the original designers of the community still own homes in the neighborhood.
Shelter Island Heights
Shelter Island Heights is on the north side of the island. The Heights was developed as a Methodist Campground in the late 1800s. A private community, it is governed by the Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Corporation, which owns the roads and the North Ferry Company. The Heights was designated on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1993. The Victorian architecture includes 141 contributing buildings and one contributing structure. This is where the largest commercial town is located on the island, with quaint shops and restaurants.
Silver beach is on a peninsula on the southwest side of the island, overlooks breezy Peconic Bay to the west and West Neck Harbor to the east. Residents of Silver Beach Homeowners Association collectively own several large tracts of undeveloped property, including an 18-acre wooded preserve in the center of the peninsula that is maintained as a bird sanctuary and the access point to Shell Beach, which has a large, protected Piping Plover nesting site. Development on Silver Beach began in the post-World War II era, and many of the homes there are small cottages typical of the time, though some have been expanded.
Westmoreland is on the west side of the island, was built as a private camp retreat. It is home to one of the Island’s few remaining equestrian farms and has a private airstrip.The home of the late New York Governor Hugh Carey is on Westmoreland, as is the summer home of comedian Louis C.K.
Nostrand Parkway runs along the west coast of the island, facing the open waters of Peconic Bay. Several prominent older homes there date to a development in the late 1800s known as West Neck Park. The main road, Nostrand Parkway, takes its name from the developer of West Neck Park.
Shelter Island Hotels
I’m sure all this information on Shelter Island is really making you consider a visit. I get it, I’m the same way. There’s just something about the place. If you are getting an itch to visit, check out this handy Guide to Shelter Island Hotels!!
Check Out Some Long Island Wine
While you’re on Shelter Island, you’re so close to Long Island Wine Country! It’s another great part of visiting the island. If you’re in the mood for great wine, be sure to check out our Complete List of Long Island Wineries and Long Island Vineyards.
Check out the absolute best Long Island Wine Tours!
If you can’t make it to a tour, why not do some wine tasting at home with Bedell Cellars!
I know you’re getting hungry, so be sure to also check out the best wineries on Long Island for some great food!
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out these 9 relaxing things to do in the North Fork!
When you’re done with all of this wine drinking and relaxing, how about making it a weekend? Here are 10 great North Fork Long Island hotels to enjoy as well.
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