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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 $25
  • 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

Digital 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 27 Aug
Cliff Hike
Saturday, August 27, 2016 09:45 AM - 12:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this new 6 mile, very hilly, moderately paced walk, thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. For safety reasons, no one under 18 will be permitted to attend. Bring drinking water.

$4.00 per adult

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Aug
Family Hike to the Seashore: The Caumsett Foundation's Family Nature Hike Series - Part 3
Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:30 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 692-8488

The third and last family hike in our summer series will be the longest of all, and perhaps the most exciting!  Our naturalist will lead you down the west side of Caumsett to the magnificent shoreline along Long Island Sound.  Hiking the beach, you will explore the marine biology and glacial geology that makes our Park so special. Investigate the 90-acre salt marsh, our nursery to the sea, and learn the environmental importance of these sensitive habitats.  This hike will cover approximately 5 mile in 3 hours, and is appropriate for families with children ages 7 and up.

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 August 11th.

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

Registration: Required
Fri 02 Sep
Bike, History & Nature Tour
Friday, September 2, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Combine 3 Caumsett favorites. We'll bike the mansion loop (3 miles). Along the way, we'll stop at noteworthy historic and natural areas. Bring your bike and helmet and join in!

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sun 04 Sep
Late Summer Seasonal Stroll
Sunday, September 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approx. 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will witness summer's slow, subtle change, as she withers and goes to seed.

$4.00 per adult

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Sep
Birds with Botany For Beginners (Western Section)
Saturday, September 10, 2016 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds...no birds? -we'll learn about plants! Bring binoculars.

$4.00 per adult

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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