Walt Whitman High Hill Trail

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Walt Whitman High Hill Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huntington, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.6 miles 824 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

If you start out in West Hills County Park enter at the dog park entrance which is on Sweet Hollow Road. Between Memorial Day & Labor Day there is an attendant and it costs $ 13 to park. If you don’t want to pay you can go to Reservoir Road and enter there. Once you enter the parking area turn left and go down to the end near the bathroom building. The picnic area is on your right. Walk through the picnic area and enter the woods. Keep moving to your left and you will pick up the white trail blazes. There are both single and double blazes but they seem to both stay on the same trail. While there are spots where you come to a fork in the trail and you have not seen a blaze mark for a while the trail is marked pretty well. If you come to one of those aforementioned forks just follow one path for a while. If you see a trail blaze just keep going. If you don’t see a blaze go back and try the other path and you will likely pick it up there. The trail will end at Reservoir Road. You will know you are near the road when you pass an abandoned playground and falling down bathroom building. Continue down the path and you will see a gate which is the end of Reservoir Road. Turn around and follow the trail back. The trail is not very crowded and it is a peaceful hike. I would consider the trail to be between easy and moderate. There are some elevations to get through and the 43 steps to the top of Jaynes Hill is a nice work out. The only bad part is that the path uses horse trails at times and the ground, rocks and mini boulders can be hard on your feet. You can bring a lunch pack with you. There are some spots with benches where you can take a break and relax for a few minutes. All in all a nice trail and there are enough offshoots to explore if you have the time to spend. Ticks possible off trail, use common sense.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Decent challenge, but theres horse droppings and the smell nearly everywhere and you have to cross two roads to do the full 7.5 trail. It wasnt extremely scenic but it was alright, I have no clue where those pictures of the water came from, I went north and south as I could and didnt see anything of that sort.

horseback riding
5 months ago

I've been riding & walking these trails for decades. They're terrific, especially considering they're surrounded by major highways & suburbia. Often never see another person & feel like I have it all to myself. Great county park.

hiking
6 months ago

Growing up in Huntington you see the beauty of Mother Earth continually slip away year after year. This trail represents that beauty that once was and I'm happy that it's preserved. The trails are nice and the best trail in the preserve is marked by white lines in paint on trees, courtesy of the greenbelt conference of Long Island. Definitely worth a few hours of your time!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike to walk good amount of uphill and downhill and good views.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike but took a group of men and boys from the church. They had a hard time keeping up. It was a beautiful day. They were impressed that we made it to the rock. Supposed highest place on Long Island. Looking forward to doing different hikes with the group. Did the hike on 12/12.

cross country skiing
11 months ago

Not clearly marked but a beautiful quiet trail

1 year ago

Not clearly marked. We followed the red dot trail but continuously veered off. Otherwise nice, easy and pretty.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy trail

hiking
1 year ago

The West Hills Park trail is basically the same trail as Walt Whitman Revisited.

If you start out in West Hills County Park enter at the dog park entrance which is on Sweet Hollow Road. Between Memorial Day & Labor Day there is an attendant and it costs $ 13 to park. If you don’t want to pay you can go to Reservoir Road and enter there.

Once you enter the parking area turn left and go down to the end near the bathroom building. The picnic area is on your right. Walk through the picnic area and enter the woods. Keep moving to your left and you will pick up the white trail blazes. There are both single and double blazes but they seem to both stay on the same trail. While there are spots where you come to a fork in the trail and you have not seen a blaze mark for a while the trail is marked pretty well. If you come to one of those aforementioned forks just follow one path for a while. If you see a trail blaze just keep going. If you don’t see a blaze go back and try the other path and you will likely pick it up there.

The trail will end at Reservoir Road. You will know you are near the road when you pass an abandoned playground and falling down bathroom building. Continue down the path and you will see a gate which is the end of Reservoir Road. Turn around and follow the trail back.

The trail is not very crowded and it is a peaceful hike. I would consider the trail to be between easy and moderate. There are some elevations to get through and the 43 steps to the top of Jaynes Hill is a nice work out. The only bad part is that the path uses horse trails at times and the ground, rocks and mini boulders can be hard on your feet.

You can bring a lunch pack with you. There are some spots with benches where you can take a break and relax for a few minutes.

All in all a nice trail and there are enough offshoots to explore if you have the time to spend.

hiking
1 year ago

This trail was really nice with a lot of ups and downhills. Park in the West Hills Park dog park and walk through the picnic area to find the entrance, it's not very clearly marked. There are a lot of little offshoots from this trail, some that lead to dead ends, but that added a little bit of fun to it.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice beginners trail with moderate inclines and clearly marked blazes. Good for trail running, light hiking, and dog walking. You can enter this trail by either parking in West Hills County Park, near the dog run, or driving to the end of Reservoir Road and parking along the street. If you park in West Hills Country Park, walk towards the woods through the picnic area closest to the horse stables, once on the trail look for white blazes. Follow the white blazes (Walt Whitman Trail) for about 1.9 miles, ending at Reservoir Road (There will be an abandoned playground and bathrooms). Turn around and follow the white blazes back to the parking area for a 3.8 mile loop. There are many offshoot trails which are used by horses, you can hike on these as well, however keep your eyes on the ground unless you want to step in something ;). Horses are not allowed on the Walt Whitman Trail; however, you will find a few inconsiderate "high-brows" who feel the rules don't apply to them. The loop takes about an hour and a half walking at a moderate pace.

trail running
4 years ago

This is a very cool trail to run or hike, it is a challenging run at times as it is also a horse riding trail, many rocks and some steeper hills to burn the quads. Various offshoot trails that can help you add milled to your run. Enjoyable route, runs along the Northern State Parkway in West Hills area of Long Island.