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In 1812 William Dayton planted the first white pine seedlings on his farm in Middle Island. In 1889 the farm was sold to George Prosser who continued to nurture the Pine Plantation. As the years passed, the trees grew to almost 100 feet and seeded themselves until they covered nearly 15 acres. It became the only white pine forest on Long Island. Suffolk County purchased the land in 1967, and dedicated the property as the Prosser Pines Nature Preserve for future generations to enjoy.

Today Prosser Pines is a unique and rare forest and is one of the oldest surviving White Pine Plantations to exist on the eastern seaboard of the United States. As you hike through the quiet solitude of these pines on a thick carpet of pine needles, and look up into their treetops, the outside world seems far away.

Prosser Pines Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs on leashes are welcome on this trail.

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