BLYDENBURGH COUNTY PARK
Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY
627 acres


Directions:

You can take Grand Central parkway to the Northern State Parkway.  Travel to the end of Northern State Parkway to Veterans Memorial Highway.  

The main (southern) entrance to the park is on the north side of Veterans Memorial Hwy, opposite the H. Lee Dennison County Center in Smithtown. The northern entrance can be reached by following 347 to Brooksite Drive north; turn left on New Mill Road and follow to park entrance at end.


History:

Around 1798 -- Elizabeth and Susannah Smith Blydenburgh, descendants of the Smiths of Smithtown and wives of Benjamin and Isaac Blydenburgh, inherit the land that is now the park.

Susannah and Isaac bought out Elizabeth's share and constructed a mill complex with Isaac's cousins, Joshua and Caleb Smith.

1938 -- David and Mary Floyd Weld buy the land.

1965 -- Suffolk County purchases the property.

1969 -- Suffolk County names the property Blydenburgh Park.

Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island
http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names


Suffolk County Dept of  Parks says:

The activities available at Blydenburgh include: Hiking, picnicking, camping, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, bridle paths.

Richly forested hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, rowing and fishing on lovely Stump Pond, casual strolls through an historic district featuring a grist mill.

These are but a few of the attractions of Blydenburgh County Park. This 627 acre park is open year-round to Suffolk County residents and their guests. Horseback riders may ride or trailer their mounts to Blydenburgh to utilize an extensive bridle path system and practice ring. Trailer parking is available at the northern (New Mill Road) entrance. Suffolk County Parks Horseback Riding Permits are required and must be visibly displayed by all riders. Freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish, large-mouth bass, perch and bluegill is permitted at Stump Pond between sunrise and sunset. New York State freshwater fishing laws apply. Rowboat rentals are generally available from mid-May to Labor Day. Use the southern (Veteran's Memorial Hwy) entrance for these activities. Hikes through Blydenburgh are led on a regular basis by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, whose headquarters are located in one of the Historic District houses. For a hike schedule,  contact the Greenbelt office at 516-360-0753.


Habitats:

Richly forested hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, rowing and fishing on lovely Stump Pond, casual strolls through an historic district featuring a grist mill.


Facilities and Activities:

Open to Suffolk County residents and their guests.

The activities available at Blydenburgh include: Hiking, picnicking, camping, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, and bridle paths.

Horseback riders may ride or trailer their mounts to Blydenburgh to utilize an extensive bridle path system and practice ring. Trailer parking is available at the northern (New Mill Road) entrance. Suffolk County Parks Horseback Riding Permits are required and must be visibly displayed by all riders.

Freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish, large-mouth bass, perch and bluegill is permitted at Stump Pond between sunrise and sunset. New York State freshwater fishing laws apply. Rowboat rentals are generally available from mid-May to Labor Day. Use the southern (Veteran's Memorial Hwy) entrance for these activities.


Trails:

Hikes through Blydenburgh are led on a regular basis by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, whose headquarters are located in one of the Historic District houses.


PLANT LIST:

There are some old tupelo trees along the southern shore of the eastern portion of Stump Pond (dammed about 1798). (Daniel Karpen)

Atlantic white cedar removed during the colonial era.