Route 25A, Centerport, Nassau County, NY

30 acres


Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit #51 north (Route 231/Northport/Huntington). Go north on Route 231/Deer Park Avenue for 2 miles. Bear right (northeast) onto East Deer Park Road; go .8 mile. Turn right (east) onto Route 25/Jericho Turnpike; go .2 mile. Turn left (north) onto Elwood Road; go 4 miles. Turn left (west) onto Route 25A; go 1.2 miles. The park is on the left (south) side of the road.


This is a town-owned nature preserve. Open year round daily. Admission is free.

Betty Allen was a community activist, devoted to environmental and charitable causes. She was nicknamed "the Bird Lady of Centerport," Allen was a founder and charter member of the Huntington Audubon Society. She also volunteered at the former Burrwood School for the Blind in Lloyd Neck.

1987 -- following her death, the Town of Huntington renamed the 30-acre nature preserve on Route 25A, formerly called Twin Ponds, to honor her.

Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island