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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

Fall 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 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. The Marshall Field III Main House hosts the OceansWide Education and Research organization.

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

2020 Caumsett Annual Fishing Access Permits will be going on sale on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 8:00am - 4pm at the park office located near the flagpole. 2020 Caumsett Annual Fishing Access Permits will also be available for purchase at our Regional Permit Office Located at 625 Belmont Avenue Babylon, NY 11702, for more information regarding their sales please call (631) 321-3515. Fee of $40.00 for NYS Residents, $75 for Out of State. Please Note: In total, 500 permits are sold per year. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Requirements for purchasing 2020 Caumsett Annual Fishing Access Permits: Original or legible copy of Vehicle Registration, registrant's driver's license, and proof of enrollment in the DEC Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. Expired documents will not be accepted. Names on all documents must match. No Exceptions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to apply or re-register for the DEC Recreational Marine Fishing Registry prior to January 2nd 2020 and can do so online at https://decals.dec.ny.gov/DECALSCitizenWeb. For more information regarding the DEC Recreational Marine Fishing Registry you can go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.

Please note: You may apply for a permit on behalf of (4) Four other individuals only if you have the original or legible copies of the three required documents (listed above) belonging to the registrant of the vehicle at the time of sale.

4 Wheel Drive and Sport Fishing Permits are NOT available for purchase at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.

 

*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.
  • 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, pets, open fires (any type), balloons, and drones. 

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.

  • Caumsett Fishing Permit
  • Annual Permit (NYS Residents) $40
    Annual Permit (Non-NYS Residents) $75
    24 Hour Permit $25
  • Regional Diving Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only)$35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fee collected:
    4/6/2019-5/26/2019- 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Weekends
    5/27/2019-10/14/2019- 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM Daily
    10/19/2019-11/24/2019- 8:00 AM-3:30 PM Weekends
    *Please call the park for additional questions.

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.

Sun 08 Dec
History of Caumsett: Adult Program
Sunday, December 8, 2019 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, moderately long walk (approx. 2 miles), we will study the park's social, economic, architectural and political history.

Registration: Required
Sun 15 Dec
Tracks & Traces: Adult Program
Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Nature is less puzzling when you understand the clues her creatures give us. During this hands-on program, geared for the average adult, we will teach you how to improve your powers of observation so you can solve the mystery of the subtle signs animals leave behind. Approximately 1 mile walk (Not recommended for children).

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Dec
Just a Hike (Serpentine): Adult Program
Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:30 AM - 01:45 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

While questions are most welcome, there will be no formal nature discussion during this, six-mile, hilly, moderately paced walk; thus affording walkers the opportunity for uninterrupted relaxing and socializing. Bring lunch and drinking water.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Dec
Interpretive Photo-Op Walk: Adult Program
Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:15 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this hilly, 1 ½ mile stroll, we'll pause briefly in areas of natural and/or historic interest. At each location, a guide will provide background information and allow a little time for quick snapshots. Bring your own camera and photo skills.

Registration: Required
Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

Join us for a first hike of this new year where we will observe and learn about Caumsett’s grasslands, woodlands, and some of its historical/main features! Expect cold weather, please dress appropriately. Bring water if desired, and if you have a set of binoculars, feel free to bring those as well! Meet at the Dry Stock Building for this 10am hike. Call 631-423-1770 for additional information.
Registration: Required

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

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path * Horse Back Riding: Trailered In Only
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic House
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing