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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

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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 Masters Garage 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.

Please note: As of April 1st Fishermans Road and Parking area will be open to Annual Permit holders only. One Day- 24Hr Caumsett Dashboard Fishing Permits are available for purchase. Valid Driver's License, Vehicle Registration and proof of enrollment of the DEC Saltwater Fishing Registry are required at time of purchase. No Exceptions.

Photography and Other Permits

*Photography Permits are required in advance of arrival for any commercial photography, this includes:

  • wedding, engagement, family, birthday, or shoots requiring props, additional staff, or equipment other than a single camera.

Permits can be obtained in advance through the NYS Regional Permit office at 631-321-3515

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.

Pet Policy: No pets allowed.

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week, year round.
  • Cross country skiing is available during the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

    Fishing is allowed 4/1 - 12/31. (Annual Caumsett Fishing Permits will go on sale Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 9:00am EST. Limited to the first 500 applicants. Click here to purchase).

    Scuba Diving is available 4/1 - 12/31. Permit obtained at Babylon Headquarters.
  • 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, pets, open fires (any type), balloons, and drones. 
  • Caumsett Café: Open May through October, Friday - Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center: Open year round, Mondays 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 
    Tuesdays - Sundays 7:00 am - 9:00pm

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Permits
  • 24 Hour Fishing Permit $25

    Regional Diving Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars: $8
    Buses: $35

    Fee Collected:
    4/6 - 5/27/24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Weekends Only
    5/28 - 9/2/24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Daily
    9/7 - 10/14/24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Weekends & Holidays

    *Please call the park for additional questions.
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • $4 per adult
    $4 per child (3-17 yrs.)

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- 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 13 Apr
Intro to Wilderness Survival
Saturday, April 13, 2024 09:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
In this hands-on program, we'll teach you how to find food, start a fire and build a shelter. Approximately 1 mile. Adults Only. Please call for Reservations: (631) 423- 1770
Mon 22 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day at Caumsett with NYS DEC Ranger Ron
Monday, April 22, 2024 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Come and learn about animals of all kinds and their environments. Bring your questions to ask the ranger and then take a self-guided walk around the park to see if you can spot any wildlife. 3 sessions available 10am ages 5-10, 11:30 am ages 5-10 and 1 pm 11 and up. 45 minutes with some time for questions. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Fri 26 Apr
Caumsett Foundation Sunset Music Series Presents Derek Adam
Friday, April 26, 2024 06:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Derek Adam came on to the music scene with his own blend of guitar driven rock and country music. His anthemic songs are full of hooks and heartfelt lyrics that tell the story of his journey. Whether it's an autobiographical tale, guitar driven anthem, drinking song, or ballad, it's pure Derek. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Sat 27 Apr
Neil Scholl (1930-2023) Photography Exhibit
Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
The 60 silver gelatin prints that will be on display will be co-curated by Caumsett foundation President Janet Barone and local professor, author Dr. Susan Van Scoy. A digital co-exhibition of Scholl's work will be curated by artist and photographer David Almeida. Neil saw Caumsett as a glimpse into the past. Once all of Long Island consisted of hundreds of acres of fields and he wanted his photos to serve as a reminder of how Long Island looked before housing and commercial developments. "Scholl spent over a decade photographing at Caumsett. In that time, his work not only captured the Park's abundant landscape in all its splendor, but also served to document its changes over time – such pieces now serving as valuable visual documentation of the Park's history.
Sat 27 Apr
Historic Dairy Tour of Caumsett
Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Come walk with author John Barone as he circles the Dairy Barn Complex as he talks about the history of the site. Get a chance to go inside and look at the amazing hay barn, milking barn and dry stock barn. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.

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

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails * Horse Back Riding: Trailered In Only
  • Fishing
  • Food * seasonal
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing