My Favorite Place:
Text and Photographs By: John F. Barone
Caumsett State Historic Park is like no other.
Walking around this state park is to take a step back in time. At Caumsett, it's just you and nature.
If you have visited The Caumsett Foundation's Trail Guide found on this site, you already know why Caumsett is loved by so many.
Everyone who visits Caumsett goes home with a favorite place. This place however, can change from visit to visit. I would like to take you to a place in Caumsett that I am sure you have never been to.
Let me take you down to the old dock area. With the exception of a few fishermen*, not many people are willing to make the long walk.
Get your walking shoes on...I'm about to change your mind.
My name is John Barone, and I am very proud to be associated with The Caumsett Foundation in its' quest to protect this natural wonder.
Unless you are a devoted fan of this park, I am willing to bet that you have never been down this set of stairs.
They are located approximately three miles from the entrance booth in the parking area. It's a very long walk...most of it on a dirt path, and most of it downhill!
The path to these stairs leads you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the park. The path winds along the western part of the park. You can view the path and the dock area location by taking a look at the official park map.
On a cold and windy November morning, I set out on this path
with my camera. I invite you to come along with me, down this staircase,
and discover why this section of Caumsett is my favorite.
Below is view from the staircase. Left is west, right is east.
Sit for a moment on the bench. The land mass in front of
you is Connecticut. It's 7.1 miles to South Norwalk from here.
When ready, get up from the bench, turn around and climb the railroad ties steps and make a right turn at the top.
You will be facing west looking at a gate. Take note of a few rules. This is a very delicate section of the park!
Walk through the gate. You are, if willing; about to take a three mile round trip.
You will soon be saying to yourself (over and over)..."Am I really still on Long Island?"
The view on your left about 1000 feet into your walk.
If you turn around for a moment, you can see the waterfront section of Caumsett.
Caumsett is an Indian word meaning "Place by a sharp rock". The "sharp rocks" in the center of the photo were deposited by a glacier.
If you have read the trail guide found on this web site, you
know that the bathhouse near the mansion is no longer standing.
The brick and concrete masses of the former structure were placed along the shoreline to help control erosion.
This section of the sound however may give you a treat for boat
sightings. It is not uncommon to see tug boats with barges, Navy and Coast
Guard ships as well as commercial freighters moving along. If you see a big red or orange balloon that seems to be moving
by itself, don't panic.
It's just a submarine passing by! The balloon is raised to warn boaters.
Tug boats pulling very large barges: They are construction bases with equipment.
Tug boats pulling smaller, shorter barges: They are most likely oil or gasoline deliveries heading for Northport, Oyster Bay, Cold Spring Harbor or Port Jefferson.
The path you have walked so far is not the only way to get to the dock area, you can also attempt this by motor boat, but be warned, it is against the law. The water to your right is very shallow. You will normally not see too many boats coming close to the shoreline.
You have now come to the last remnants of the actual board walk
to the dock area.
Imagine for a moment that you are Marshall Field III walking this path on your way to board one of your yachts to travel to New York City for an important business meeting, or maybe a hop (7 Miles) over to Connecticut for dinner!
The homes on your left belong to some very lucky people living
in the Village Of Lloyd Harbor.
Looking a little to your right, you will see Center Island in the distance.
Continue down the path. Please, turn off in open spaces only. Remember, you are the wild life here. Please respect nature!
Time out! Take a moment to look down also!
Continue down the path. You will soon reach Mr. Field's dock location.
You are entering a protected endangered species (piping plover) nesting area.
Looking to your right, you can see the boardwalk you crossed to get here.
Imagine how many famous people boarded a boat from here.
Off we go to the beach!
I enjoy taking photographs of items that wash up on shore.
I have also brought a garbage bag with me today, so you will not find the following interesting items during your walk...
You will still, however; find the following items on your walk:
Nature at its' best.
Remember: Walk only on the sand. PLEASE do not walk on the grass!
By the way, this is a pretty good place to collect shells...
Okay, it's a REALLY, REALLY good place to collect shells:
Look around at the surroundings. I will answer an obvious question for you.
You may be wondering what the orange windsock is doing
way out here. This (very) large house in your Southern view has a
The view from Lloyd Point. This is the most western section of Caumsett.
The New York City skyline is visible here if you look left. On a clear day, bring your binoculars!
Meet Richard Levy of Greenlawn, New York. Mr. Levy is shown here fishing for stripers. When I asked Mr. Levy what he was doing out in the cold weather, he remarked "Catching fish is simple, you just have to put in the time". In case you were wondering, no fish were caught this day!
Keep walking around the bend, and start heading back. Look around in every direction. You never know what you may see.
I hope you have enjoyed your trip to my favorite place...
If you would like to visit the dock area in person, get a map and go!
If you liked this section of the site, be sure and visit the trail guide!
See you in the park!
The Caumsett Foundation is a non-profit organization with no paid employees.
Our only goal is the preservation of Caumsett State Historic Park...Won't you join us?