Looking for the path that’s off the beaten path? That seems more key than ever these days. The North Fork of Long Island has so many destinations, it’s easy to miss this hidden treasure just before the turnoff for downtown Greenport. Inlet Pond County Park Preserve is maintained by the North Fork Audubon Society. Its 1.6 miles of trails wind through 55 acres of bird and butterfly filled woods. You’ll pass through a Middle Earth-like canopy toward a viewing deck of the pond, and then out onto a stretch of Long Island Sound shoreline that has an untamed beauty. Before you get back on the path to the entrance, check out the big boulder formations a little further down the shore. When you return to civilization, the delicacies of Greenport are right around the corner… more about those in a future post.

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