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Cold Spring Harbor State Park
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Type State park
Location 95 Harbor Road
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Area 47 acres (19 ha)
Created 2000 (2000)
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 165,484 (in 2014)
Open All year
Website Cold Spring Harbor State Park

Cold Spring Harbor State Park is a 47-acre (19 ha) state park located on New York State Route 25A in the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County, New York. The hilly park opened in 2000 and offers scenic views of Cold Spring Harbor on the north shore of Long Island.


Cold Spring Harbor State Park occupies land purchased by New York State in the 1960s; it was originally intended to host part of a bridge to Connecticut proposed by Robert Moses. After the bridge failed to materialize, the land was largely forgotten although it remained under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The unused parcel was eventually brought to the attention of state officials by a librarian seeking space for a new library in Cold Spring Harbor, and was officially dedicated as a state park in 2000.


The 47-acre (19 ha) park, consisting mostly of steep wooded slopes, is intended to retain a natural, undeveloped character. It facilitates passive recreation including hiking, birdwatching (including great horned owls and red-tailed hawks), snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

The park is linked to Bethpage State Park by Trail View State Park, a 7.4-mile-long (11.9 km) linear park built on the former right-of-way for the proposed northern extension of the Bethpage State Parkway.

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