A new state park recently opened on the North Fork -- Hallock State Park Preserve, across from Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. I visited it last week with friends. It's a pretty short, pleasant walk to Long Island Sound, with extra-wide trails and views of a freshwater pond and sand dunes.
This location was slated to become a nuclear power plant in the late 70s/early 80s, but that idea fizzled out after the Shoreham nuclear power plant a few miles to the west of here was shut down. State and local government concluded that there was no way to evacuate people from the area in case of a nuclear accident.
Today these 500+ acres are preserved, with Hallock State Park consisting of 225 acres. There is a nice visitor's center with a gift shop full of local products, including our book The Fisherman's Wife. Also check out their events page, with some great programs on coyotes on Long Island and whales, dolphins, porpoises and turtles local to our area.
The park is free but it costs $8 to park. Find out more here!