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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.

Fri 14 Jun
Caumsett Foundation Sunset Music Series Presents Project 23.6° N
Friday, June 14, 2024 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Project 23.6° N is a new chamber ensemble dedicated to highlighting the music of Taiwan from past to present. The name "Project 23.6° N" actually has a twofold meaning: first, it correlates to the geographical coordinates of Taiwan, but also roughly references the peak population in the past. The group advocates for Taiwanese music from the past to present in the world of classical music dominated by Western composers, aiming to promote the music of Taiwan on an international scale. Founded by three doctoral music students at SUNY Stony Brook, Pianist Calvin Hu has been invited to perform alongside faculty from NYC's top music schools, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook through the Starry Nights concert and was the recipient of the Ackerman Award for musical excellence in the graduating 2023 class. Pin-hui Tsai, the cellist in the ensemble, has worked closely with the esteemed Emerson Quartet at the String Quartet Institute in the Music Department, and a fellowship recipient at the Round Top Orchestra Institute, undergoing intensive orchestral training. An American Prize finalist in flute, Kaichen Cheng, has been an Outreach Program Artist in the Department of Music and actively engages in education and programs in the local community. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Sat 15 Jun
Wildlife Center of Long Island
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Learn about the different classes of animals and their characteristics. Meet our cold-blooded reptiles, our furry mammals, and our feathered birds. Come and meet some local animal rescues and learn all about them from what they eat to how they play. Say hello to the people who rescue and care for these wonderful animals and find out ways to help the wild life in our area. Ages 5 and up. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Sun 16 Jun
Historic Tour of Power House
Sunday, June 16, 2024 10:00 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Take a rare look inside Marshall Field's Power House and learn about its history. This tour led by author John Barone is not usually open to the public and attendance will be limited. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Wed 19 Jun
Yoga in the Walled Garden
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 06:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Please join us for one hour of yoga and meditation lead by Lisa Kasper you will be able to relax and enjoy the tranqil Walled Garden. Please bring your own yoga mat, water and wear comfortable clothing. This program is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. SIGN UP: https://www.caumsettfoundation.org/programs.
Fri 21 Jun
Caumsett Foundation Sunset Music Series Presents Special Guests from The Jazz Loft
Friday, June 21, 2024 06:30 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
A selection of talented musicians will perform from "The Jazz Loft", a not-for profit museum and music venue located in the laid-back village of Stoney Brook where jazzophiles are treated to everything from museum quality memorabilia to pulse-pounding performances. 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