Waterfront hiking trails on Prolonged Island

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Lace up your strolling shoes. On a Long Island hike this spring and summer season, there is h2o, h2o everywhere you go, and not just in your canteen. Climbing trails at community parks and preserves provide refreshing trailside and trails’ conclusion views of scenic lakes and rivers, idyllic ponds, crashing Atlantic surf and even a couple of bubbly waterfalls.

Guard in opposition to ticks by carrying protecting garments and checking your pores and skin right after your hike.


Twin Lakes Protect, Wantagh

  • Free of charge admission
  • Entrance on Park Avenue west of the Wantagh Point out Parkway
  • Open up yr-round, dawn to dusk
  • 516-431-9200, hempsteadny.gov 

You might have observed Twin Lakes whilst driving by the protect on the Wantagh Point out Parkway. But you can also do some Tom Sawyer-like exploring of the 58-acre, condition-owned and City of Hempstead-managed land. The forest trail passes a few lakes, a human-built waterfall, freshwater wetlands and grasslands. You can fish for trout, which are stocked in the spring. (New York State freshwater fishing license

required dec.ny.gov/permits).

Hempstead Lake State Park

  • 1000 Lake Generate, West Hempstead
  • Open Saturday, Sunday and vacations by way of Columbus Day
  • Parking: $8 per automobile each day Might 28-Sept. 5 weekends and holiday seasons April 2-May 22 and Sept. 10-Oct. 10. Carousel: $2 for every experience
  • 516-766-1029, parks.ny.gov/parks/hempsteadlake

The preferred park features an quick starter hike for families with youngsters and dogs — you’ll need to leash the pups. The trail wends close to Hempstead Lake — the biggest lake in Nassau County — and the scaled-down McDonald and South ponds. Little ones can spherical out their working day by fishing or riding the historic hand-carved wood carousel.

Belmont Lake Condition Park

  • Southern Condition Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon
  • 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov
  • Parking payment $8 a auto every day Might 28-Sept. 5 weekends and holiday seasons April 2-Could 22 and Sept. 10-Oct. 10.

Dylan and Cherlyn Chung of Islip, strolled with their son Marcus at Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Credit rating: Danielle Silverman

Belmont Lake’s 7.6 miles of multiuse trails characteristic an sudden sight: two bubbly waterfalls. The most effective-identified cascade is positioned at the south end of the scenic lake where by ducks frolic and the leaves are inexperienced and the flowers are blooming. The drinking water tumbles in excess of rocks and below a footbridge prior to feeding into Carlls River on its way to the bay. Deeper in the woods on the park path, Very little Falls rushes in excess of a stony riverbed under a wood footbridge. Instagram, everyone? 


Sunken Meadow Condition Park 

  • Leashed canines on back again trails only.
  • North end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park
  • $10 a vehicle everyday Could 28-Sept. 11 $8 weekends and holidays April 2-May perhaps 22 and Sept. 17-Nov. 6.
  • 631-269-4333, parks.ny.gov

This hike is a shore point for you and your canine companion. To just take the 2.5-mile Greenbelt trail begin from Parking Industry 3, head south, cross about Sunken Meadow Creek employing the strolling bridges. Now, head east on the route to the undeveloped jap end of the 1,287-acre park, you can traverse a hilly, densely wooded and occasionally steep and rocky trail skirting the bluffs towering around the Lengthy Island Seem. Two sunny meadows enable relaxation and rehydration right before descending via the bluffs to the Long Island Seem shoreline. A trail map is accessible on the web and at park information.

Sagamore Hill

  • 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay
  • Trail entrance behind the Outdated Orchard Museum
  • Totally free admission to the grounds no expenses for parking. Open up dawn to 30-minutes right after sunset

Teddy Roosevelt was an avid hiker who typically marched down to his estate’s swimming hole. Today’s hikers can stick to Teddy’s footsteps on the grime path through the tulip tree forest, about the boardwalk spanning Eel Creek, to the seashore on sailboat-dotted Cold Spring Harbor. Swimming is not permitted, but canine can hike alongside with you. You’ll also get reward sights of the 3,209-acre Oyster Bay Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.

People walk on the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park...

People walk on the seaside at Sunken Meadow Point out Park in Kings Park. Credit: Morgan Campbell


Shadmoor Point out Park

  • 900 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
  • 631-668-3781, parks.ny.gov
  • Absolutely free admission no charges for parking

The Roosevelt’s Run path, which loops through the 99-acre Shadmoor State Park, opens up at a person point to a dazzling seascape: blue sky, craggy oceanfront bluffs and 2,400 toes of sparkling ocean beach reachable by two stairways. To the east, you can see Montauk Village. One more trail potential customers to the Ditch Plains surfer’s seaside. Also of be aware: the trailside abandoned Planet War II-era bunkers that after guarded the coast with artillery guns.


Bayard Slicing Arboretum

  • 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River
  • Closed Mondays $8 parking rate charged Tues.-Sunlight. Might 1-Labor Working day and weekends and holidays April and Sept. 10 via Nov.
  • 631-581-1002, bayardcuttingarboretum.com

A aspect vacation to see the dwarf conifer assortment is a further cause to acquire the river wander along a extensive extend of the Connetquot, just one of Very long Island’s longest rivers. Continue to keep your eyes peeled for birds — blue herons, egrets, an American bald eagle — and a indigenous plant selection (cattails, elderberry, wild blueberries) on Breezy Island at the tail finish of the river walk. Loop again to the historic dwelling for pie at Concealed Oak Cafe. 

Lorainne Antoniello and Frank Antoniello from Commack walk on the...

Lorainne Antoniello and Frank Antoniello from Commack wander on the trail at Sunken Meadow Point out Park in Kings Park on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Credit rating: Morgan Campbell