Where: Terrell River County Park, East Moriches
What: Hiking (trail, unpaved, sandy)
Snacks: Mustard Seed Cafe, Center Moriches (as of 2/8/2019 it has come to my attention that this location is not longer open).
Once upon a time, a young Jessa had her first crush on a boy. He eventually left for the army and she was sad. She had other crushes but they were intangible – unless anyone thinks teenage me had a chance with actor Stuart Townsend. When the boy was discharged from the army he wanted to take Jessa on a date!
“Dress nicely,” the army boy said, “we’re going somewhere nice and special.” Heels. Dress. Make-up. He picks me up. We pull into a dirt parking lot. “Changed my mind. We’re going hiking.” I’m stubborn, like ridiculously stubborn and hiked the whole, roughly three miles, in those heels. Blisters be damned, this was for true love (warning: true love not guaranteed even after bold gestures).
The boy didn’t last but my love for Terrell River County Park did. To get to my beloved park, use the address for Khaler’s Pond Park. (Side note: Khaler’s is a great fishing spot with a sturdy playground and public restrooms). The lot for the trailhead is across the street.
When you walk in, take the trail to the left and follow the white blazes. Not only is the white trail the most scenic it is also the most well marked. Any side trail that you see is an overlook. They might be similar but take advantage of as many as you can.
The trail loops at a beach. For years, I called this “secret beach” without realizing the popularity of the park. Extend your hike by walking along the beach in either direction. The tide levels dictate the amount of beach you have access to. Loop back the way you came or take the wider path straight back to the parking lot. This path is wide enough for a stroller and I believe clear enough for a wheel chair. If you’d like to start on this path when you enter the park, enter the park to the right.
The trail gets very buggy in the warmer months and after a big rain so plan accordingly.
I paired this park with Mustard Seed Cafe. Mustard Seed is a full service cafe boasting pastries, sandwiches and breakfast all day. They also sell flower bundles! Cinnamon bun snack not pictured – treats rotate.
See you on the trails!