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Go Take a Hike!

by ericarunsamerica on September 28th, 2013

Hey Stony Brook!

Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside! Cooler temperatures make running, hiking, and biking in the great outdoors all the more enjoyable. And who doesn’t love watching the leaves change from green to yellow to orange to red to brown? The seasonal changes in nature are one of the joys of living on Long Island.

SO, what are you waiting for?! Strap on your sneakers, hiking boots, or biking shoes, and get out there!

3 Sweet Hiking Spots Near Stony Brook University:

  1. Ashley Schiff Preserve, Stony Brook: Conveniently located right here on campus, the Ashley Schiff Preserve is a rich wooded area wedged between Roth Quad and the Marine Science Research Center near South Campus. Named in memory of Dr. Ashley Schiff, a self-taught naturalist and an Associate Professor of Political Science here at SBU, you will find a rich variety of plants and animals to study and admire. Gaze up at magnificent White Oaks, Red Maples, and Sassafras Trees, and you may also see some Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead. Consider visiting the Preserve during your next break to clear your head and refresh your spirit. Entrance is free! Learn more here:
  2. Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook: Visiting Avalon Park and Preserve is a bit like stepping into a fairy-tale…and it’s only minutes from SBU! An eight-acre area which was once an abandoned residential site has been transformed into a series of woodland gardens and trails. Once choked with invasive shrubs and vines, the park is now rich in plants native to Long Island, with thousands of native trees, shrubs, and grasses planted. Amongst the native flora, you will find intriguing art pieces, like sculptures, bridges, and sitting areas made from downed logs. There is no entrance fee to get into this wonderful park! Check out how to get there and more about the park here:
  3. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Smithtown: A bit further from campus, but definitely worth checking out is the vast and diverse Sunken Meadow State Park. Complete with beaches, a boardwalk, mountain biking/hiking/running trails, this park has it all! There is a $10.00 parking fee, though, but buying an Empire Passport will save you some dough if you plan on coming here (or to any other NYS park) often. BUT if you come before 8AM, entrance is free! Check out more here:
Get out there!

Get out there!


Have fun and stay safe on your adventures :)

peace. love. run.




From → Erica

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