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A calm walk.

4 days ago

Leisure hike and good place to camp around alder lake.

It was free when I went on Halloween. Not much in the way of flowers, but the maples were looking good as well as the black birch. Very nice walk.

21 days ago

Nice Oasis in the city. Needs a little work. Combined several trails to form the loop.

on Muttontown Preserve

24 days ago

the place is okay for a quick walk but I got home with a tick crawling on me.

A bit short but family friendly, except for a couple of rocky spots that could prove challenging for the youngest (7-)

Nice if you live not far, as there’s no that many, and flat enough to be kids friendly.

1 month ago

Did the dusk tour. A great historic and beautiful cemetery, so much history.

Great for a couple hour stroll. Plenty of places to stop and look over the gorge. Well maintained trails. An easy hike.

Tbh it was not great there were mousquitos and we could bearly see the water beacause of the leaves and trees. And it was also quite short

on Alder Lake

2 months ago

I’ll preface that we did this with a 3 year old (not as serious hikers).

We did this trail on a sunny, but cool day. The old mansion foundation was fun. About 2/3rd of the trail was wide, clear and easy to walk along with a toddler. Lots of nice little bridges, springs, and wildlife. Good shade. The last 3rd was muddy, but fun with frogs hopping and signs of beavers. Had a quick wade in the pond to cool off. (There was a clean but no-frills portajohn near the parking lot, too.)

Paved trail, light traffic, mostly flat for good running

FYI the Portageville entrance is closed.

Very surprised how nice this place was. Very well kept. Lots of deer, birds, frogs. Some lengths run close to the road so at times highway noise is easily heard.

Falls are amazing and worth the stop. I recommend a picnic lunch in one of the quiet parks then hit a few of the walks. The cons of this state park are it's super crowded and some trails are beat up and could use maintenance. Besides some of the longer walks it's really more for kids and tourists.

4 months ago

trails were unmarked and you easily get lost

Pretty park but majorly tick infested, found over 20 ticks, including 2 with red backs.

Tick infested, poorly marked

Surprisingly good. Not a lot of options around White Plain to trail run and this turned out to be quite enjoyable. Enough interesting terrain that you could do a few laps before getting bored. About 1.5 of the trail had some interesting rock formations and gentle elevation changes to make the running very enjoyable.

8 months ago

Just visited again this past weekend. While the below holds true, please be advised that the preserve is TICK INFESTED. Also be advised that Long Island has the highest rate of Lyme infection, so whereever you go, please be careful.

Getting to the Preserve was pretty easy, I followed my navigating app on my phone.

The paths--and there are many--are pretty easy to identify. And there are markers, only the numbered/lettered ones are found on the map distributed at the Nature Center, making the map less helpful than I would have liked (which is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5). Bring a good sense of direction...and a compass!

The walk/paths themselves are an interesting mix--there are a variety of environments to explore--wetland, forest, field, kame; terrain varies as well--dirt (today mud), grass, gravel, sand. Mud made the trail a little slippery at times, but this was otherwise a pretty easy hike. Nothing too steep. I met a few (very few) people on the trails; saw horseshoe prints in the mud, but no equestrians.

I couldn't stay, as there was a threat of inclement weather, but I will be back! Expect the place will be teeming with wildlife activity in the spring.

Pretty trail leading from the nature trail, through a grassland with wildflowers and a salt marsh

The Arboretum has something for just about everyone. There are greenhouses with tropical plants, outside gardens, a large rolling estate to amble around. There are guided tours of the mansion. And of course, there is a wooded area with many trails to explore. Maps available at entrance (maybe not during winter season) are pretty good.

9 months ago

Family and I had the preserve for ourselves as we hiked in the cold weather. We had a blast exploring the ruins. Place is dog friendly when not crowded ;0)

Friday, October 13, 2017

I hiked around lake out to ridge overlook for 9.5 miles round trip, 1300 elevation gain. Easy hike and less rocky than many trails in area. Watch out for hunters in fall.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Fantastic hike especially this time of year

Sunday, July 30, 2017

the trail on the east side is really obscured by countless fake trails, none are hard but many go through campsites.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Really beautiful and fun just to walk around, surprisingly less mosquitoes than I expected!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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