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Enjoy Fall’s Foliage

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Autumn throws a big party before tossing its leaves like confetti, and there’s no better spot for leaf peeping than the water. Your favorite spots may put on a show in front of your boat, but if you want to get even closer to the shore, a kayak, canoe, or SUP lets you marvel at the fall colors, soak up some sun, and commune with shoreline. We’re sharing some spots around Long Island that we’ve found especially scenic, but wherever you go, obey all posted signs, follow regulations, don’t disturb anything, wear your life jacket, and enjoy the show.


Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and Nissequogue River State Park

The Nissequogue River has tidal and fresh water wetland habitats and hardwood forests.

Captree Basin
Access the Fire Island Inlet from the Captree launch site. Caution: strong currents make it recommended for only the most experienced paddlers.

Carman’s River
Approximately 10 miles long, the Carman’s River begins as a fresh-water spring near Route 25 in Middle Island and flows south through protected lands, including the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, and to the Great South Bay.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

Glimpse woodlands, meadows, and salt marshes from this scenic peninsula in Lloyd Neck along the Long Island Sound.

Connetquot River
About eight miles long, the Connetquot River begins as a spring in Lakeland County Park in Islandia and flows south through the Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale. It widens and empties into the Great South Bay south of Sunrise Highway.

Fire Island National Seashore

Ferry service may be reduced just as fall colors abound, so check the ferry schedule if you want to paddle or row around the area. We hear that the island was named for the flame-red color that its poison ivy turns to each autumn — you’ve been warned!

Fort Pond
Located in the center of the Village of Montauk — go east on Montauk Highway, then turn left at the village green on Edgemere Street.

Garvies Point Preserve

This waterside preserve in Glen Cove has 62 acres including beach bluffs, fresh water springs, and impressive forests.

Heckscher State Park
Heckscher State Park is reachable via Heckscher Parkway, off the Southern State Parkway. Follow signs to the boat launch.

Mashomack Preserve

This Shelter Island gem has 2,000 acres of marshes, ponds, and creeks that are home to many species. Shelter Island ferries operate all year.

Northport Harbor

A usually calm area off the Long Island Sound.

Peconic River
Long Island’s longest river flows from the William Floyd Parkway near the Brookhaven National Laboratory east to Flanders Bay. The river is tidal and is a great spot for beginners.

Setauket Harbor
Quiet before it joins very busy Port Jefferson Harbor.

Smith Point
Narrow Bay and Bellport Bay may be challenging.

South Shore Blueway Trail

The trail extends 18 miles from the western border of the Town of Hempstead to the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties along the south shore.

Stony Brook Harbor
While Stony Brook Harbor is fairly quiet and serene, its mouth can have strong currents.

Swan River and the Great South Bay

Swan River can be calm but wind conditions and boat traffic may cause the Great South Bay to become choppy.


NavTool_icon3For more information, our Day Trippers’ section has routes to many of these destinations: For peak leaf viewing, visit

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