SEARS-BELLOWS COUNTY PARK
Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays
Follow Sunrise Highway to exit 65 North. Follow road (Route 24) to Bellows Pond Road. Make a left turn onto Bellows Pond Road. The park entrance will be on your right.
5 miles south of the Riverhead Traffic Circle and 1.8 miles from exit 65 on Route 27Flander Road Bellows pond Road
In the rectangular area north of the Sunrise Highway (Route 27); south of Flanders Road (Route 24); and west of Bellows Pond Road.
In season limited to Suffolk County residents
Once owned by a sportsmen's club known as the Flanders Club.
Named for two families who once owned much of the land.
early 1900s -- the Bellows' cut ice from Bellows Pond, storing it in a three-story icehouse and selling it for use in iceboxes. The Sears family owned the adjacent land.
1963 -- Suffolk County purchased 648 acres for a county park, later making additional purchases. Today, this 979-acre park, home of the Big Duck, offers hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding.
(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)
Facilities and activities:
Hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, hunting, bridle paths, and a horseback riding facility. Home of the Big Duck.
This 979 acre Pine Barrens park offers a broad range of recreational opportunities to Suffolk County residents and tourists. Campsites for both tents and trailers are available. Lifeguard-protected swimming and rowboat rentals are offered on freshwater Bellows Pond. Sears Bellows' extensive trail system attracts hikers and horseback riders from all points, east and west. The stable offers lessons, boarding, and trail rides, year-round. Local riders may use the park with an annual Suffolk County Parks Horseback Riding Permit visibly displayed.
The park is closed to certain activities during deer and waterfowl hunting seasons. Sears Bellows Park is a sportsman's paradise.
Freshwater pond fishing for bluegill, bass, perch and pickerel, with bait, is permitted between sunrise and sunset.
two lakes (Sears Pond and Bellows Pond), some ponds (House Pond and Grass Pond)
Extensive trail system. Follow the white-blazed Pine Barrens Trail from Bellows Pond (north) to Sears Pond (northwest).