If you ask Long Islanders about Coindre Hall, most of them will tell you it’s a gorgeous French chateau–style mansion on the North Shore that overlooks Huntington Harbor and is often used for weddings.
If you ask dog lovers on Long Island about Coindre Hall, most of them will tell you it’s a great place to get your pup some exercise while enjoying a beautiful view.
The grounds of Coindre Hall are large, varied, and dog-friendly. From the edge of the free parking lot, an expansive lawn gently slants toward the Harbor as it stretches back to a tree line where the incline gets quite a bit steeper and the field narrows to a path that leads first to a pond and then to the shoreline near Gold Star Beach Park (aka Gold Star Battalion Beach). Hidden in the trees on the east side of the grounds, you’ll find a nature trail and hikable wooded areas.
The town of Huntington and the owners of the property allow dogs, but this is most certainly not a dog park or dog run. There are no fenced-in areas, no lights, no fresh water, and no designated dog-waste disposal areas (although there are garbage cans in the parking lot). Officially and somewhat controversially, the grounds are on-leash, though there once was a time when off-leash dogs were permitted. If you choose to allow your dog off-leash on the grounds—or any area in Long Island where dogs are not allowed off-leash—you risk getting a fine.
Our visit was in the middle of the day on a holiday Monday, and there were quite a few people out with their dogs. Everyone was very friendly and the property was very clean, other than the pond, which was a bit muddy due to recent weather conditions. There are tennis balls to be found all over the grounds—a delight for the pups, to be sure—courtesy of some of the regulars. Please do leave the tennis balls there if you visit, no matter how much Fido seems to love the one he’s found.
The scenery was strikingly beautiful, even though much of the vegetation was winter-bare; springtime can be only better. Good thing it’s fast approaching! You can see photos from our trip in the slideshow.
If you would like to head to Coindre Hall and check it out yourself, you’re best to do so before the busy wedding season begins in May. Need directions? Click here.
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