When the asphalt roads and the crowds of people get to be too much, there’s a retreat waiting on Long Island’s North Shore. Those looking for an in-depth nature experience go to Leeds Pond Preserve.
Get in the car and head to 1526 North Plandome Road, following the signs for the Science Museum of Long Island and the visitors parking lot. Be forewarned though, if you go a day after a good summer storm you’re going to need walking shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.
The Science Museum of Long Island sits on a hilly 35 acres overlooking Manhasset Bay and here those in the know find walking trails that will help them get back in touch with nature. The museum has a trail map on their website.
It’s not long in to the trails before the sounds of cars disappear and depending on the time of day it’s rare to see another person. Pack some food for a picnic or simply enjoy the chance for quiet reflection.
Trails wind around hills and trees past the ruins of the old farmhouse, around Norway Maple Wooldland, along a trickling stream and the edge of Leeds pond.