With the weather cooling down, but not necessarily getting cold yet, this is the perfect time to spend your days outside. While you may not be able to lay out in the sun at the beach, there are still great ways to enjoy the outdoors. One of the most fun things you can do this fall is go hiking. The Long Island hiking trails are nothing short of beautiful. Check out some spectacular places to explore no matter where you are on the island.
3 Best Long Island Hiking Trails
1. Avalon Park and Preserve
Located in Stony Brook, Avalon Park and Preserve is an eight-acre environmental park that was once a residential area, but was abandoned back in the early 1900s. Through the years many non-native species, such as vines and shrubs, came through and killed the trees and other plants making the land essentially non-penetrable. In 1997, the preserve was purchased and transformed into a more ecologically oriented landscape. Now, you can get a map and spend hours hiking through this whimsical gem.
2. Muttontown Preserve
This Long Island hiking trail, made up of 550 acres, consists of fields, woodlands, ponds, and estate grounds. It is the largest natural preserve on Long Island. On this preserve, you’ll find miles of trails filled with plants, trees and all kinds of wildlife including mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Muttontown Preserve provides maps and brochures so you can take yourself on your own guided tour. Make sure to find the Chelsea Estates and check out the unique remnants from King Zog I of Albania’s former mansion.
3. Quogue Wildlife Refuge
This 300-acre nature preserve on the East End of Long Island is a beautiful spot for wildlife, water and nature. You can choose from either some family-friendly trails or even some biking trails to explore, making it a great spot for families to visit. This refuge even has an Outdoor Wildlife Complex that houses and helps injured animals who can longer be released into the wild. You could encounter owls, eagles, falcons, foxes and more at this refuge.
No matter where you are on the island, you’re bound to find a hiking trail that you’ll love. You’ll find trails from all the way west of Long Island to the east end and everywhere in between. Amongst the nature, water, and wildfire you’ll find, it’ll be something that the entire family can do. Whether you’re an expert hiker or a novice, there are an abundance of Long Island hiking trails for you to explore.