Visiting Hours


The Bayard Cutting Arboretum is open Tuesdays – Sundays from 9:00 A – 4:00 P (winter hours – November 7 to April 1) and 9:00 A – 5:00 P (summer hours – April 1 to November 6). We are closed every Monday and all winter holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Winter Hours

November – March
Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 A – 4:00 P

We are closed for the following winter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Summer Hours

April – October
Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 A – 5:00 P

Parking Fees & Rates

  • Parking Fees:

    VUF, $8 per vehicle collected weekends and holidays April thru November
    VUF, $8 per vehicle collected Tuesday – Sunday from May 1st-Labor Day
  • Seniors (62+) can park for  free during the week (Tuesday-Friday excluding holidays) .  Just scan your license at the pay station, and you will be issued a day pass.
 Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season’s pass. For $80, the Empire Passport card provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply online at or call the BCA park office at 1-631-581-1002 for more information.
  • Fee for Concert Series: None (vehicle entrance fee when applicable)
  • Exhibits/Plays (By Outside Organizations): None (vehicle entrance fee when applicable)
  • Walking: None


Pay Station Schedule

  • Weekend Pay Stations Open – Saturday, April 06
  • Weekday Pay Stations Open – Wednesday, May 01
  • Weekday Pay Stations Close – Tuesday, September 03
  • Weekend Pay Stations Close – Sunday, November 17


Directions to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum



440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739


By Car:

From Nassau & Western Suffolk:

Drive on Southern State Parkway EAST and take exit 45E.

Take Montauk Highway East for approximately ¾ mile.

The arboretum entrance will be on the right.


From Eastern Suffolk:

Drive on Sunrise Highway WEST to exit 46.

Take Connetquot Avenue South.

Turn left onto Montauk Highway.

The arboretum entrance will be on the right.


By Train:

LIRR to Great River station:

You can take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to the Great River train station and from there walk approximately ¾ mile to the Arboretum. OR

You can also take the LIRR to the Islip train station and the Arboretum is approximately 3 miles.


By Bus:

Unfortunately, there are no scheduled bus services between the LIRR Islip station and the Arboretum. Taxi service is available at the station.