Farmingville Hills Park
Farmingville Hills Park is a 102 acre Suffolk County Park managed by the Suffolk County Parks and Recreation Department. The Park entrance has a large cleared field and at the back of the field there is an entrance to the hiking trails. The cleared area is where many of the events are hosted. The Farmingville Historical Society oversees many of the park happenings.
Farmingville Hills Park is located on Horseblock/Portion Road, approximately 1 mile west of North Ocean Avenue or 1 mile east of Nichols Road, across from the Farmingville Post Office. It is located on the North Side of Horseblock Road directly west of the Historic Schoolhouse and Terry House. The address is 501 Horseblock Road, Farmingville, NY 11738.
A 1.2 mile trail has been blazed. The entrance to the trail is marked with yellow paint on the trees and the loop is marked with blue paint. Please take note of the Hiking Safety tips below.
Farmingville Hills Park trails are in the process of being marked by the Parks Department. If you are hiking or letter boxing at Farmingville Hills Park or in any other parks, review hiking safety guidelines before going on your hike. Listed below are some critical safety guidelines and links to some other informative websites:
- Proper planning is important. Obtain trail maps, guidebooks, trail distance, estimated time required and any other information before you leave on a hike. Bring a compass, GPS, and/or cell phone.
- It’s very important to tell someone of your plans and when you expect to return. In an emergency, this could help with the rescue. Check in with them when you get back.
- Never hike alone. Always go with a friend.
- Consider the ability level of everyone in your group, when choosing a hike.
- Take plenty of water – 2 or 3 quarts per person. Staying hydrated will help maintain your energy level.
- Stay on marked trails.
- Never approach wild animals. They may look cute and harmless but they are very unpredictable and can be very territorial and protective. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. In most cases, the animals are more afraid of us and will run away. Do not attempt to feed wild animals. Most injuries occur when people try to feed them.
- Be aware of your increased exposure to ticks when hiking in the outdoors.
- Protect yourself against other insects such as bees, ants, mosquitoes, flies, etc. Not only can they be annoying, but they can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Many people have severe allergic reactions to their bites and need to carry necessary medical supplies or seek medical attention. Again be aware of your surroundings.
- Bring a whistle on hikes. Three short whistles means you are in trouble and need assistance.
Refer to these websites for complete safety hiking tips: