Muttontown Mystery Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syosset, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Found the place no problem thanks to the comments. We took route 106 to muttontown lane which is the entrance that is right by the nature center, where you can get a map from. The map wasn't great and some signs and markers were knocked down along the trail. We ended up wandering around using a compass and eventually got to the ruins which was pretty cool.
First, as regards the problems people have had finding the hikers' (northern) entrance: the problem seems to be that Muttontown Lane is U-shaped (not shown on AllTrails map) and therefore intersects Northern Blvd twice. If coming from the west on 25A, best to ignore the western end with the Chelsea Mansion sign. Follow Google Maps' directions via the eastern end of the U and the entrance will be right in your face.
That said, it's a beautiful area with interesting features. How can you not like the ruins of King Zog of Albania's mansion? I prefer to avoid the bugs by going in Spring and Autumn. It's particularly beautiful at foliage time in late October/early November. And, as with all equestrian/hiking venues, be careful not to step in the "hoya".
Love this place, and it's history. Great walk, even better local legends!
Poor trail conditions.
Worst trail ever... Ticks everywhere
Place is flooded is filled with tics, map is hard to read and is not very helpful.
Lovely, but the map and trail markers leave a lot to be desired. On the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to dust off my old school compass.
Soo yes the trail map is a little confusing, but you can get the general idea of the place using the map, if your smart enough to use the landmarks on the map it shouldn't be that big of an issue, we heading down the left trail, to the equestrian park, to the garden, left out of the garden to the Boy Scout picnic area, directly across the picnic area is a trail take that to the ruins. Ruins are cool ! love LI history, it's a trail on Long Island so nothing crazy, but it's a fun day of wandering in the woods!
Pretty cool just wandered around until we found the ruins
Difficult to find the entrance- and the ruins- but well worth it. Only hike on Long Island that had been worth it to me so far.
I was on this trial twice recently. There are two entrances, so be careful. The first time I went It took quite a while for me to find my way in. Some of the posted directions are wrong.
The main entrance and trailhead are on Muttontown Lane (Not Muttontown Road). If you are coming South on Rte 106 or turning off Northern Blvd (25 A) to go south stay in the right lane and go slow. You will pass a Methodist church on your right. At the next street, Walnut Avenue, turn right and go one block and turn left onto Muttontown Lane and take it to the end into the preserve.
If you are going north on Rte 106 get in the left lane as you approach Northern Blvd. (25 A). You will be able to turn onto the southbound lane without having to cross over Northern Bld. Turn right onto Walnut Avenue and follow the directions above.
At the visitor center pick up a map. Behind the building the trails start. The one to the right loops around the grounds of the Chelsea Mansion. The trail to the left leads you into the woods and sanctuary.
At first the trail map seems useful but that doesn’t last for long. If you find a post with a specific letter/number designation you can see where you are on the map. I headed south and just followed the path and took whatever I thought was interesting. Though not well marked if you have a compass and the Google maps app it’s hard to really get lost. Also there are markings up on the trees, for hiking and skiing, to help guide you so you should be able to stay on the main trial.
I kept heading south hoping to eventually find the ruins. I came to the Garden Wall which is pretty large and the length East and turns to the North. It also helps you find your spot on the map. I veered off and continued East and ended up at the second, lesser known preserve entrance off of Rte 106. It’s known as the Equestrian entrance but anyone can park in the lot and come in.
By this time I knew we were near the ruins but it was time to head back. The trail seemed easy enough to follow going back and we had no problem getting to our car.
The preserve is really, quiet, peaceful and tranquil. The trail itself is not difficult. For the most part it is flat and what few inclines or elevations are short and not steep. There are a number of trails throughout the woods and another poster’s remark that the trails are like a spiderweb is on the mark. There are horse trails through part of the preserve as well.
I will be back to find the ruins.
There are two entrances, so be careful. If you are a first timer be sure to use the entrance off of Northern Blvd, go to the nature center and GET A MAP. For such a small place there are many trails and it's easy to lose your way. Also; the map is your best chance of finding the ruins of the old mansion. This is truly a LI gem.
Do they call it the mystery trail because the paths are mysteriously marked? Didn't really matter, we easily wound our way around the trails. Really beautiful, well maintained, picturesque trails. Will definitely revisit.
Really peaceful and maintained trail. Type in Muttontown LN, East Norwich, NY into the GPS to get to the trailhead. There is a visitor center right in front of the trailhead that has paper maps of preserve. If it's closed, there should be several on a wall in the back. Even though the map wasn't that easy to follow, it's fairly hard to get lost. Keep heading south to see the ruins. Trails are marked, but can be a little confusing to know which way to go. Bringing a compass is recommended. 4 stars because of slightly confusing map and lack of many trail markers. Overall a great day hike.