Hiking the North Fork does not pose any challenges and it won’t leave you feeling like you got a good work out in; but it does offer some quiet trails filled with beautiful nature scenes. Depending on whether you’re hiking the Bay side, the Sound side, or somewhere inbetween, you’ll get to chose from a variety of landscapes.
Peconic Dunes Trail
At the entrance to the 55-acre preserve is the Red House, headquarters of the North Fork Audubon Society.
Inlet Pond Park also offers freshwater views as well as access to Long Island Sound, where you can see Connecticut on the horizon.
The hiking trails are easy to moderate. The outer perimeter loop is about 1.2 miles and, according to Evans, the southern loop near the Red House is just a half-mile long.
You’ll find the trails well-maintained and well-marked. There is also a wooden wall designed for bird-watching, for which the park is known.