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Description - The park is comprised of 40 acres of hilly terrain that offer scenic vistas of the Cold Spring Harbor. It features a mixed hardwood forest with notable large oak specimens that measure three feet in diameter, as well as thickets of wild mountain laurel.

Attractions - The area is ideal for observing spring and fall migrations of a variety of songbirds, and is home to great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. The park serves as the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail that extends to Bethpage State Park and eventually the south shore of Nassau County.

Recreation - Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Cross Country Skiing are available during their respective seasons.

Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat. During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state. Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.

Location - * Within the historic village of Cold Spring Harbor with the parking field on Main Street in close proximity to the village's shops, reststaurants, and waterfront. * From Nassau County (West): Northern State Parkway or LIE (495) east to the Seafood Oysterbay Expressway (135) north to Jericho Turnpike east. Take Jericho Tpke to Woodbury Road, make left (north). At Route 108 make left and follow to end Lawrence Hill Road. At end make left and immediate right onto Route 25A (east). Follow one half-mile to parking field and trailhead on right. * From eastern Suffolk County: Northern State Parkway or LIE (495) west to Route 110 north. Take Route 110 to Route 25A, make left (west). Follow 25A into the village of Cold Spring Harbor to the parking field on left.


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Additional Information:
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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Cold Spring Harbor State Park - New York State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation Site

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