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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

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440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739
Latitude 40.739454
Longitude -73.163039

Spring Nature Programs

In late 1936 as she was contemplating the transfer of what was then called "Westbrook" to the Long Island State Park Commission, Olivia James wrote of the two purposes she and her mother envisioned for what is today, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, named for her father William Bayard Cutting.

"These purposes are:

(1) That Westbrook shall be an oasis of beauty and of quiet, and that it shall be a source of pleasure, rest and refreshment to those who delight in outdoor beauty.

(2) That it shall serve to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding, on the part of both the general public and of those professionally concerned with landscape design of the value and importance of informal planting, and shall thus be an influence in preserving the amenities of our native landscape."

With 691 acres situated on the picturesque Connetquot River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum fulfills Ms. James' wishes in fine style. Visitors can learn about the value and appearance of planned, but informal plantings on a country estate. Or they can merely enjoy the serenity of a walk among the trees of the pinetum or among the rhododendrons. Most trees are labeled so that visitors can learn how they might appear in their landscape at home. The Bayard Cutting Horticultural Club offers programs that add to the educational value of the place. 

The estate mansion is maintained in its original style with furnishings typical of the estate era. Guided tours of the mansion are available seasonally. A café on the first floor offers light luncheon with a stunning view over the great lawn of the Connetquot River. Formal teas are offered and can be arranged by reservation. Historical retrospective photo exhibits in the mansion show that Westbrook was once a well known dairy farm producing glass-bottled milk for sale in local markets. One of the original barns remains in the farm area of the arboretum.

It's a wonderful place to relax, read a book, and experience the peace and serenity of estate living in the 1920s and ‘30s. 

Please note: A permit is required for all posed photography at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. This includes wedding photography, family photos, engagement photos and all other posed photography. The fee is $100 for an hour and a half session during open park hours. The permit must be obtained prior to the event date. Please contact the park for further information regarding photography permits at (631) 581-1002.

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

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Park Open:
    Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-5pm (4/1 - 10/31)
    Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-4pm (11/1 - 3/31)
    Closed all Mondays (except summer holidays) & winter holidays (Nov. - April).
  • Hidden Oak Cafe: Open year round.
    April - Oct: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 am - 5 pm;
    Nov - March: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm.
  • Manor House & Office:
    Open year round, Tues. - Sun.
    April - Oct.: 11 am - 5 pm;
    Nov. - March: 11 am - 4 pm.

    *Beginning Thursday, September 11, 2014, tours of the Manor House will  be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December. Tours, which begin at 1pm, are led by trained docents and last approximately an hour and a half. The cost for the tour is $10 per adult, and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Private group tours of ten or more can also be arranged. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park directly at 631-581-1002. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first-come basis, and is limited to 15 people.

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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Collected via automated pay station.
    4/1 - 10/31 daily, 10AM - 5PM Tues-Sun (Closed all Mondays)
  • Manor House & Garden Tours
  • $10 per adult
    $5 for children under 12 years of age

    Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park at 631-581-1002. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first come basis, and is limited to 15 people.


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Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Project/Event Description: Friendship Garden-rejuvenate friendship garden with new plantings and mulching

Meeting Location: Welcome tent in parking lot. Appropriate for 13 and up


Registration: Required
Sat 10 Jun
Underwater Wonders
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

What's living below the surface? Visit the river's edge to explore life in and around this amazing habitat.

Bring sunscreen, a towel and water shoes (no bare feet permitted)

$4.00 per person. Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Fri 01 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
(631) 581-1002

Bayard Cutting Arboretum hosts its 21st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities commence with the lighting of the holiday tree by Santa. Patrons can visit the old-time Victorian mansion that will be festively decorated.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Guided Tours
  • Historic House
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)