West Hills Park is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Melville, New York 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.
dogs on leash
I enjoy this park for most of the year. The summer can be difficult to hike with the constant nag of gnats and mosquitos. The trail from sweet hollow road going north will always have horse dung because the trail is primarily a bridle trail. There are other trails to enjoy with plenty of beautiful trees and flowers. The trails are best enjoyed during the Fall and Spring season. Plenty of options to choose when hiking because there are numerous trails to enjoy. If you're looking for a quiet hike to enjoy for a few hours then this is the place!
Nice trail. Parking is free and out of the hustle and bustle if the park. We hiked the whole trail and had trails mostly to ourselves. Some wider trails for horses too but lots of horse poop on them. The trail is well marked. Follow the white blazes and your sure to have a very nice walk. Bring spray as well as it was very buggy today.
I found this trail with the app while staying at the Melville Marriott and liked it. I did a mile or two extra because of my poor sense of direction but no big deal. I didn't see any of the horse manure that others talked about. I also didn't see another person while I was running and the quiet was nice. There were some hills, but the trail is not at all technical. All told I enjoyed it.
The nearby horse stables use the trails for horseback riding. Consequently, you'll find yourself ankle deep in horse dung through a lot of the trail. The inevitable flies hover around the ground. Some nice views and I read somewhere that the site has the highest point on Long Island but I can't get past the horse dung.
I started this hike from the Reservoir Road entrance. Go all the way to the end of Reservoir Road and park on the right. Enter the woods on the right. The trail will veer to the left and going this way you will get to the top of Jaynes Hill pretty quickly. However, you need to follow the trail down and take it all the way out to the picnic area by the West Hills Park parking area. Here you can relax at one of the benches and have a lunch before heading back as you came. Note that the trail heading back to Reservoir Road is more challenging with some decent inclines and the 43 steps back the top of Jaynes Hill is a nice work out.
The trail is marked pretty well in my opinion. There are both single and double blazes but they seem to both stay on the same trail. If you feel uncertain of following the trail or getting lost bring a compass and have a mobile device that can access Google maps. The app will give you a satellite view and you can see where you are and monitor your trek periodically to make sure you are going where you want to go.
The trail is not very crowded and it is a peaceful hike. I would consider the trail to be between easy and moderate. 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. And of course you need to watch where you step.
Ok. Too much horse manure on the Amal trail
Loved this hike
Cons: parking is $13 I think it may only be in season though. Also not sure if you have to be suffolk resident as it is county park. We went when there was a horse show. No one asked for $. You need to Watch out for horse droppings even on trails that says no horses allowed.
Big problem is that the trails are not marked that well. You can't really get too lost, but you can walk in circles.
Pros: not too much traffic. Very pretty.
Not much of a hike; more of a nature walk, at least for me. The peak doesn't provide much of a view, but the woods are fun to walk through. If you want, you can walk all the way to West Hills County Park. The length of your walk is up to you. I think the full loop, which is marked on the trees, probably takes an hour or so.