Discover Long Island’s Best Hiking Trails

Summer is prime time to explore Long Island by foot. And fortunately there are plenty of hiking trails across Nassau and Suffolk County to take in the natural beauty. From hilly paths to serene shorefronts, embrace your adventurous spirit and take your summer workouts outside using this guide to the best hiking trails on Long Island.

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Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park

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Venture on this three-mile hiking trail with moderate hills and one of the best views of the Long Island Sound—salty sea breezes included. Hikers will come across beautiful wildflowers and maybe even a dog or two since furry friends are permitted. Not to mention, the park’s boardwalk is perfect for watching the waves and refueling with a picnic right along the shoreline afterwards. Address: Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway | Phone: 631-269-4333 Click to go

Cold Spring Harbor State Park, Cold Spring Harbor

This uphill hiking trail provides Long Islanders with scenic views of the eye-catching Cold Spring Harbor. It’s a popular destination for those looking for a relatively short but challenging hike. While most hiking trails on Long Island are flat, this park features 40 acres of rolling terrain. Address: 95 Harbor Road | Phone: 631-423-1770 Click to go

Trail View State Park, Woodbury

This over 400-acre state park runs between Bethpage State Park and Cold Spring Harbor State Park. And it is the perfect way to explore nature. Hikers get to work on their cardio surrounded by forests, marshes and fields. But beware: bikes also share the path. Address: 8101 Jericho Turnpike (next to Stop & Shop) | Phone: 631-423-1770 Click to go

Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

Muttontown Preserve is known for its beautiful nature walks through woodlands and wildflowers. While walking along the 550 acres of fields, visitors will encounter the Chelsea Estate. There, they can discover unique remnants from King Zog of Albania’s former mansion. There are rumors that he hid treasures in the walls. Address: 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road | Phone: 516-571-8500 Click to go

Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead

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On the largest lake in Nassau County, Hempstead State Park offers flat hiking trails alongside three ponds. Pro Tip: always have your cameras ready for a photo op. The 737-acre park also offers shaded picnic areas with benches, tables and BBQ pits perfect for a summer cookout. Address: Lakeside Drive | Phone: 631-669-1000 Click to go

Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown 

Tucked in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park is one of only two state nature preserves on Long Island. This attraction is comprised of 543 acres of land perfect for hiking and offers exquisite views of rare plants like the Pink Lady Slipper, Indian Pipe and Trailing Arbutus. Address: 581 West Jericho Turnpike | Phone: 631-265-1054 Click to go

Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point

This 216-acre park embodies the elegance of Long Island’s Gold Coast. Not only does it have mansions, but also six trails that take hikers through woods, cliffs and beaches. The Sands Point Preserve loop trail is a 1.6-mile trail ideal for all skill levels taking visitors through wooded areas, open fields and ponds. For the kids: the Dino Trail is a short walk where there are dinosaur footprints. Address: 127 Middle Neck Road | Phone: 516-571-7901 Click to go

Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

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The 300-acre refuge has three trails (.8 miles, 1.4 miles and 3 miles) with connecting trails that add up to more than 7 miles for hiking. When hiking through the Pine Barrens, keep an eye out for foxes, eagles and other creatures. The shortest trail goes around a pond where visitors can also find a nature center. For yoga lovers, there’s a class called “Earth Yoga with Amy Hess” offered almost every Wednesday of July. Address: 3 Old Country Road | Phone: 631-653-4771 Click to go