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In 1905, Wading River became the site of an experimental farm to promote Long Island and prove that crops could grow even on its worst acres. The farm became extremely successful, but the community’s year-round residents remained under 500 even in the 1940s. Tourists, though, would flock by the hundreds in the summer to visit Wildwood State Park and the beaches. This changed after WWII when many homes were built by returning veterans in the area, which now has a population of over 7,000.

Local Area Information

Wading River is an unincorporated neighborhood and census-designated place (CDP) on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, primarily in the Town of Riverhead with a small region in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County. It is surrounded by Calverton to the east and south, Baiting Hollow to the northeast as well as Ridge and East Shoreham to the west in Brookhaven Town. It is bounded on the north by the serene waters of the Long Island Sound.

Wading River retains the character and Old World colonial charm of a classic New England village with its historic homes, steepled churches, an old cemetery, and parks with duck ponds.

Residential areas are made up of largely single-family homes, some of which date back to the colonial period, a number of multifamily dwellings and a mobile home park for the 55+ community named Ramblewood. Also among its lovely neighborhoods is Birchwood, featuring many homes with pools and luxury residences. The coast is lined with waterfront homes, and new constructions as well as horse properties dot the area.

Wading River’s commercial centers, stores, dining options and other services and establishments, including The Shoppes at East Wind, are located mainly along Route 25A bisecting the hamlet in the middle. Large portions of the community are occupied by expansive farms, undeveloped lands, the Wildwood State Park and the Calverton National Cemetery.

Volunteers of the Wading River Fire Department, established in 1947, provide fire protection and rescue services to the hamlet, which is patrolled by officers of the Town of Riverhead Police Department. Much of the community uses the 11792 ZIP code, and some regions use 11933.

Wading River is approximately 60 miles northeast of Manhattan in New York City. The area’s Long Island Rail Road station closed in 1938, and to reach Penn Station, the nearest options are Yaphank Station via the Ronkonkoma Branch to the southwest and Port Jefferson Station to the west. Traveling to or from the city by car takes about an hour and 45 minutes to two hours and 10 minutes via the William Floyd Parkway and Long Island Expressway.

General Information

Township: Town of Brookhaven | Farmingville, New York &

Town of Riverhead | Riverhead, New York

County: Suffolk County

Population: 7,731 (2020)

Classification: Hamlet, CDP

Chamber of Commerce: Wading River Chamber of Commerce

LIRR Train Station/Schedule:
The LIRR serves Wading River via the Yaphank Station.
Travel time to Manhattan, Penn Station is about
1 hour 48 minutes to 1 hour 56 minutes.

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Water District
Suffolk County Water Authority

Gas Company(s)
PSEG Long Island
National Grid

Electric Company(s)
PSEG Long Island

Cable/ Phone/ TV/ Internet Provider(s)


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Beaches & Parks

Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest comprises a rare pine barrens habitat within its 191 acres of undeveloped land. Activities offered at the property include hiking, hunting for big game, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, observing wildlife, and biking, except during shotgun seasons from November through January. There is a single-track 8.5-mile loop trail from beginner to intermediate level, and an optional 1.5 miles of hill climbs for advanced level.

Wildwood State Park is a 600-acre undeveloped waterfront property of hardwood forest that boasts breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound. The park is open for swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, biking, hunting, stand-up paddle boarding, and cross-country skiing/snowshoeing. There is a children’s playground, shaded picnic tables, showers, campsites for trailers and tents, and 3-season accommodations in any of their newly built cottages.

The Schools

About half of the hamlet, primarily the western section, is in the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District, which has five public schools. One of the district schools, Wading River School, is located in the neighborhood. The district also includes Briarcliff School in the Village of Shoreham, a learning facility that was shuttered in 2014 and reopened in 2020 as part of a district-wide effort to expand capacity and allow all kindergarten students to resume face-to-face schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some central, eastern, and southern areas of Wading River are served by the Riverhead Central School District.

The Little Flower School is another learning institution located in Wading River. The Little Flower Union Free School District is one of the seven Coalition Special Act public school districts in New York State, and the only one of its kind on Long Island.


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