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Orient Beach Lighthouse Trail

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A nice run to a historic lighthouse along the beach and through maritime forests.


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2.8

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4.5

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6' 2 m

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8' 3 m

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11' 3 m

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Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Check the park hours before setting out on the run. They close the main gate around sunset, which changes throughout the year!

Description

From the Orient Beach State Park parking lot, you can just follow the beach along the south side of the park (along Gardner's Bay) all the way out to the tip of the peninsula where the lighthouse is located. However, following the park service road (two lanes of beach stones) into the interior will provide you with views of tidal ponds/estuaries and the unique maritime forest that exists there. Eventually, the road will move out onto the beach, and you'll have to run along the water the rest of the way.

After just over 2.5 miles of running, you'll arrive at the tip of Orient Beach State Park, and will have great views of Orient Harbor, Greenport Harbor, and Gardner's Bay, along with Shelter Island. The Orient Beach Bar Lighthouse (also known locally as Bug Light) will be just to the south of the beach on a small rock pile a few hundred feet offshore.

Flora & Fauna

Many different kinds of water and shore birds (ducks, plovers, osprey, turns, etc.), deer, fox, and seals (only in winter) if you are lucky. Also, watch out for prickly pear cacti growing in the sand!

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Sam Newman-Stonebraker

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Mar 21, 2019 near Greenport, NY

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