Although the leaves will be turning into beautiful fall colors, Long Island has some of the best trails around, perfect for looking at that gorgeous fall foliage and as a hiking opportunity for the entire family. So, strap on your hiking shoes, pack a few snacks and head out to one of these hiking spots that offer fresh air and splendid fall colors of oranges, reds and yellows. And for more kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.
Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
Sands Point preserve offers 6 marked trails through 216 acres of diverse habitats of woods, fields, pond and even beachfront along the Long island Sound. The preserve offers both guided nature walks, or you can grab a trail map and find your own way. It also has a variety of programs and activities for children throughout the year. The preserve is open from 8am to 7pm daily.
Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
Bethpage State Park, which is known for its golfing, also features hiking trails for your family to explore. There are 5 miles of trails that cut through the Long Island Greenbet Trail. The park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
Caumsett State Park, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington
The historic, 1,750-acre Caumsett State Park offers 13 marked trails to explore, including ones that are less than a mile to the longest 6-mile trail. The park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
Avalon Park and Preserve, 200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook
Between dusk and dawn, enjoy the gifts of nature at Avalon Park and Preserve. The preserve features 8 acres of hiking trails, including a boardwalk and crushed stone paths. There is also a paved hiking trail, as well as a labyrinth to explore.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Sayville
Explore the more than eight marked trails at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. The trails wind through gardens along the Connetquot River and around the Pine Barrens. The Arboretum is open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
Caleb Smith State Park features 543 acres of woodland with marked trails that are perfect to explore with your family. The preserve also offers a variety of summer programs. The park is open from 8am to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue The Quogue Wildlife Refuge features 305 acres of marked trails that wind around ponds that are surrounded by fall colors. The site’s trails are all marked, and after an enjoyable hike. Be sure to stop and visit some of the refuge’s resident animals, including owls and eagles.
Sears Bellows Suffolk County Park, 63 Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays
Sears Bellows features a number of marked trails in the Pine Barrens, both for advanced hikers and for those just starting out. The easiest trail is one that winds around Bellows Pond, and if you and your family feel like walking further, continue on to Sears Pond.
Laurel Lake Park and Preserve,Mattituck
Just north of Route 25 in Laurel is the 480-acre Laurel Lake preserve, which features 14 miles of well-groomed nature trails, which are clearly marked for your family to follow. The lake is also a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Be sure to also pack a lunch since there are there are several picnic tables and a playground at the park.
Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, East Hampton
Enjoy the beauty of the ocean while hiking along dunes of Hither Hills State Park. You can spend a day exploring the dunes, while Ospray and hawks circle above.