Long Island Takes A Hike

Sands Point Preserve (Photo courtesy of SandsPointPreserveConservancy.org)
Sands Point Preserve (Photo courtesy of SandsPointPreserveConservancy.org)

As Long Islanders gleefully embrace the warm weather summer has to offer, outdoor activities become the norm around some of Nassau County’s scenic hot spots. Whether you enjoy an afternoon stroll taking in a breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound or making your way through the former estate of King Zog at Muttontown Preserve, an adventurous summer awaits.

Sands Point Preserve

127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point.
www.sandspointpreserveconservancy.org • 516-571-7901

In a village where the likes of the Vanderbilts and of course, the Sands, called home—lies the former estate of American renaissance man Harry F. Guggenheim. Virtually untouched, this 216-acre public park and historical site provides visitors with an inside look to the bucolic lifestyle of the Guggenheims. Wrapped around the still standing Castle Gould and Hempstead House—along with two other remaining mansions (Falaise and Mille Fleur) are six hiking trails that weave through countless natural and landscaped areas. Upon entering the estate, its immediate beauty solidifies the Sands Point Preserve as one of summer’s must visit spots.

Muttontown Preserve

25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich. www.nassaucountyny.gov/2839/Muttontown-Preserve

Located 30 minutes from the tip of Sands Point is yet another eye-catching escape. Muttontown Preserve, comprised of 550-acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, is the perfect place to hike and explore the ruins of the formerly standing 60-room granite mansion, once property of King Zog I of Albania. Although the king himself never actually set foot inside the mansion, its demolishment in 1959 has attracted many to visit its remains with hopes of possibly uncovering one of his abandoned treasures.

Stillwell Woods Park

South Woods Road, Syosset

Visitors to the northeastern section of Oyster Bay will find a tree-filled nature preserve located on 270 acres of land. One of Nassau County’s few “tri-trails,” this woodland offers various trails for hiking, biking and even horseback riding. Whether you’re a biking connoisseur or just the casual rider, the mountain bike trail is every cyclist’s dream–providing an intimate atmosphere surrounded by wildlife while simultaneously giving you a workout for the ages.

Garvies Point Preserve (Photo courtesy of Garvies Point Museum)
Garvies Point Preserve (Photo courtesy of Garvies Point Museum)

Garvies Point Preserve

50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove.
www.garviespointmuseum.com • 516-571-8010

A center for Long Island geology research as well as a valued resource for Long Island’s study on Native American archeology, visitors are in for quite an experience when hiking the grounds of the Garvies Point Preserve. Consisting of 62 acres of forests, meadows and waterways, this preserve is home to more than 60 different species of trees as well as a variety of wildflowers and animals. As you navigate your way through the forest trails you’ll be greeted by high cliffs overlooking the Long Island Sound. Although exploring this protected wilderness would be ideal any time of day, aim to go around the 3 to 4 p.m. in autumn in order to catch the vibrant purples and pinks painted across the sky as the sun sets.

Harry Tappen Beach & Marina

Shore Road, Glenwood Landing
www.oysterbaytown.com • 516-674-7100

Tucked away in the cliffs of this North Shore village is the breathtaking view of the Hempstead Harbor from Tappen Beach. This marina marks the perfect spot to run, walk or even bike along the water. Take a minute to glance out at the glistening water as the sun begins to set, or even walk down to the shore and explore what the underwater world has to offer. This public beach also houses a children’s playground, community pool and accessible grilling spots for the impromptu family picnic.

Anthony Solis
Anthony Solis is a writer for Anton Media Group.

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