Marshlands Conservancy, Rye

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Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of diverse habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored and appreciated here. There are three miles of trails and one-half mile of shoreline along the Long Island Sound.

Located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, Marshlands is an excellent birdwatching location. More than 230 species have been sighted. The Marshlands salt marsh is one of few in New York accessible to the public for study and enjoyment.

Please assist us by being respectful of park habitat, wildlife, and other visitors by following these simple rules:

• All plants and minerals provide food and shelter for wildlife and may not be collected during any season.

• All wildlife is protected by law and may not be trapped, hunted or collected.

• Activities that disturb the peace and interfere with people's abilities to observe wildlife are not permitted. Please enjoy your visit quietly.

• No food or drink is allowed beyond the picnic areas. There are no facilities for large picnics.

• Swimming, fishing, and boat docking are not permitted. Please enjoy your visit quietly.

• Visitors are asked to stay on the trails, particularly during the nesting season (May through August). Some areas may be blocked off temporarily for nesting reasons or trail recovery.

• No dogs allowed.
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  • Wonderful place to see nature at it's best. We love spending time here ....so many wild lives all around turkeys, deers, eagles, etc. so serine and beautiful. My son love it.  more »
  • Lovely walks through the woods down to the marshland area and sea. Lots of wildlife, we saw deer, turkeys, nesting osprey, woodpeckers and lots of other birds. Took about 1 hour to walk around. very q...  more »
  • Very pleasant morning walk . Enjoyed the vistas . Lucky to have this so close to home . The guide provided maps and interesting facts about the place  more »
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  • Quiet and very beautiful. The trail slopes down through a field and woods to a loop trail on a peninsula that juts into a bay off Long Island Sound. Plenty of wildlife - ducks, deer, herons, black squirrels - and great views. Highly recommended!
  • Quiet, scenic, great place to balance yourself. Deer, wild turkey, and birds of prey are out there for photography. Walking paths are safe and there are wooden structures that pass over the soggy spots, come forget how close to NYC you are and enjoy the serenity.
  • Wonderful niche reserve to enjoy a quite short walk and get close to nature. Comfortable hiking path and can enjoy a moment of solitude while still not far from the urban context!
  • Although I have been here as a child, over twenty years ago, those memories are very faint and I was practically unaware of them. Recently, over the past 2-4 years essentially, I rediscovered the area. I've ran into wild turkeys on numerous occasions - they are big and seem threatening, which is somewhat intentional on their part I believe, but if you are quiet and respectful you can watch them or sidestep right by them. It's very nice to go out as far as you can - a long hike that will result in a pleasant discovery of the shoreline with a lot more open space, wind, and fresh ocean air. Check it out!
  • Great summer camp experience. Small groups interesting activities such as seining. Live how the turkeys rule!
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