Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The crisp, brisk weather provides a great atmosphere for spending time outside. The once green leaves begin to change to brilliant tones of orange, red and yellow. With all of this to look forward to, and more, who could possibly want to waste such perfect Fall days inside?
One great way to spend some time outside during this time of year is to hike. Hiking provides a great workout, it’s exhilarating, it gives you a chance to explore a new area, and it’s a wonderful way to take in all of the beautiful scenery and breathtaking Fall foliage. Check out these different hiking trails across Long Island to experience the Autumn foliage up close and personal. Take our advice, you might want to pack along a camera for this trip.
West Hills County Park/Walt Whitman Trail
Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington, NY 11743
Head out to Huntington to enjoy the historic Walt Whitman Trail to Jayne’s Hill. At a staggering elevation of 400 feet, Jayne’s Hill is the highest peak on Long Island. Take in the sights while getting a spectacular view of the Fall scenery.
Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Located in Montauk this former U.S. military installation encompasses 415 acres of diverse terrain including wooded areas, freshwater wetlands and beachfront views.
East Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783
Massapequa Preserve is comprised of 423 acres and is divided into three sections. The freshwater swamps, marsh and bog areas create a habitat perfect for many rare and exquisite plants to thrive. The longest hiking trail in Nassau, the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, also runs through the preserve.
Welwyn Nature Preserve
100 Cresent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Formerly the estate of Harold Irving Pratt in Glen Cove, Welwyn Nature Preserve is 204 acres of diverse terrain. The preserve has four marked nature trails and boasts over 100 species of small native animals and birds.
Long Island Greenbelt Trail/Nissequogue River State Park
799 Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY 11754
This fantastic hiking trail is located on the North Shore of Long Island running parallel to the Nissequogue River. If you make it to the area atop the bluffs you’ll have a great view of the Fall foliage and scenery surrounding the river.
Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
Spanning over 550 acres of woodlands, ponds, fields, and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County’s largest nature preserve and home to various local fauna and flora ranging from wildflowers to amphibians.
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