Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge, Huntington

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge is located just east of the village of Lloyd Harbor, New York, on the north shore of Long Island, 25 miles (40 km) east of New York City. It is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The 80-acre (32 ha) refuge is composed of mature oak-hickory forest, a one-half-mile (0.80 km) rocky beach, a brackish pond, and several vernal ponds. The land and waters support a variety of songbirds (particularly warblers during spring migration), mammals, shorebirds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. During the colder months, diving ducks are common offshore, while harbor seals occasionally use the beach and nearby rocks as resting sites. New York State and federally protected piping plover, least tern, and common tern depend on the refuge's rocky shore for foraging and rearing young.

The spring bloom at Target Rock is a reminder of its days as a garden estate, with flowering rhododendrons and mountain laurel.
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  • It’s a fantastic set of trails. Great wildlife and a wonderful way to spend a morning in nature. Start at the fee part and walk the trails. Totally worth it.  more »
  • We finally went hiking in Target Rock, and were so pleasantly surprised: quiet, clean, well-marked trails and signs, and beautiful views.  more »

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