Where: Ashley Schiff Park Preserve (Stony Brook, NY)
What: Hike (trail, unpaved), Walk (side walk, paved)
Snacks: The Cookie Shop (Centereach, NY)
Nestled on the grounds of Stony Brook University’s Campus is a tiny little H- shaped trail network. To find, enter Stony Brook’s campus from the South Entrance on Nicolls Road. Turn right onto Marburger Drive. Keep right at the traffic circle and the preserve entrance will be on your right.
The fun part? Figuring out where you can park on campus without getting a ticket. It is simpler to find appropriate parking on a weekend as many of the lots only have Monday through Friday restrictions.
The preserve itself is about a fifteen minute walk through. Mostly flat and cuts from Circle Road to the dental clinic. Trails are designated red, yellow and blue. They’re well marked on the trees. If the short wooded stroll isn’t enough I recommend leaving the preserve on the Circle Road side and heading left. Pass the traffic circle, cross at the crosswalk, bounce down the stairs and make a quick loop around Roth pond. It adds about fifteen minutes. Or if you’re in the mood for a longer walk Circle Road is …. a circle and happens to be almost three miles.
For snacks we head to The Cookie Shop. A new storefront serving all things cookie. Fun fact, maybe five years ago I got obsessed with macarons and theirs are my favorite locally.
See you on the trails,