It’s finally starting to feel like summer on the East Coast and I can hardly contain my excitement. I never thought I would look forward to humidity, but if it means warmer temperatures and sunshine I’ll take it. Last weekend, despite the threat of a thunderstorm on Saturday, I ventured to Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge in Lloyd Harbor, New York for a photo shoot. I’d been there once before, but it was nice to spend some time in a different locale.
If you enjoy being out in nature and are looking for a quiet spot, Target Rock is a real treat. Complete with plenty of areas to rest and take in the views, this place won’t disappoint. And if the beach is your end goal, well, then just follow the 1.75 mile nature trail until you reach your destination.
I love the change in scenery along the hike from lush forest landscape to the water view up ahead as I slowly descend and make my way to the beach. Whether you want to have a picnic, take a stroll near the water, or just need to get lost in nature, the 80-acre refuge is an ideal place to spend an afternoon.
If Target Rock is on your itinerary, here are some things to keep in mind:
Wear proper footwear. I hiked down to the beach in sandals, but it’s probably better to have sturdier shoes as it is a dirt trail.
Bring bug spray. The mosquitoes are out in full force!
Watch out for poison ivy and ticks. Avoid wandering off the cleared parts of the trail and make sure you check your body for ticks.
Keep an eye out for wildlife. Target Rock is home to warblers and waterfowl, as well as foxes, turkeys, and deers. If you’re lucky, you might spot one of these inhabitants during your visit!