Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724

Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"This interesting refuge is, like the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve endangered plants and animals, to preserve natural diversity, and to perpetuate migratory bird life. It covers eighty heavily wooded and rolling acres at the eastern end of Lloyd Neck and contains about 0.3 mile of beach on Huntington Bay south of Fort Point and Target Rock. The refuge was once the estate of financier Ferdinand Eberstadt, who built a thirty-five-room neo-Georgian mansion there in 1937 on one of the higher points. After his death the property was deeded to the government in 1967 as a wildlife refuge. There is a 0.5-mile trail to the beach that goes through mature oak-hickory woods and passes close to a brackish pond that always has a few waterfowl in residence. In addition, a new wheelchair-accessible trail leads from the beach trail at the office through the woods to the open field that was the site of the old mansion."

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Cold Spring Harbor
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Sep 2018