With a name that belies the abundance of woodlands in the area, Ridge is nestled in the central Pine Barrens. The community serves as a center of outdoor recreation and often welcomes visitors who enjoy miles of scenic hiking, equestrian, and nature trails. Ridge is located only a few miles from the picturesque beaches of Long Island's North Shore and the extensive surf-washed beaches of the South Shore. The Peconic River has its source in Ridge in a maple swamp. Yesterday's patchwork farmland has grown a crop of new homes and retirement communities that blend with historic houses and equestrian ranches. Shopping is adequate to meet daily needs, and the hamlet has a number of restaurants. Both deer and bears are common sights in this rustic and tranquil area.