Explore the most popular trails in Cold Spring Harbor State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The park is comprised of 40 acres of hilly terrain that offer scenic vistas of the Cold Spring Harbor. It features a mixed hardwood forest with notable large oak specimens that measure three feet in diameter, as well as thickets of wild mountain laurel. The area is ideal for observing spring and fall migrations of a variety of songbirds, and is home to great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. The park serves as the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail that extends to Bethpage State Park and eventually the south shore of Nassau County

Surprisingly hilly for Long Island, always a great hike. Very busy on the weekends though.

lots of uphill steps and climbs, and well marked.

Please note dogs are allowed on this trail with 6 ft leash.

great hike that will get your heart rate ⤴️

Nice trail on Long Island. I believe we only did a portion of the trail, from Marker #101-115 out and back. We took our dog and he really enjoyed. Only negative is there is a bit of litter on the trail, unfortunately.

trail was perfect today even with all the traffic. it was a gorgeous day for a five mile hike.

My husband and I have decided to take up hiking and chose this as our first trail. We chose a misty, overcast day in March so the trail was nice and empty. We purchased some waterproof hiking boots for our new adventure and were glad we did, as some areas were fairly muddy due to previous storms. Go all in, no need for soggy socks and blisters! We really enjoyed the scenery, a couple of glimpses into the harbor but most impressive? Taking a moment to appreciate nature and how the trees’ roots grew through the years, sprawling and webbing down the walkways. It was beautiful. The inclines and declines made for an enjoyable, moderate outdoor work-out. This trail got us hooked!

great trail with a lot of ascent and descent. as someone else stated, no real views of surrounding area but the path itself has plenty to look at.

A bit monotonous, close to the road, and had to cross some highways. Not the best, but it's great to have some trails when visiting suburbia!

Christmas Day hike - very brisk! It was a nice work out with its share of declines and inclines. We met nice people on the trail. There’s also a pretty view of the water in the beginning.

Good quick HIIT style workout, no real scenery and for such a hilly walk there are no real good vantage points.

Lots of ups and downs on the trail, great workout, very beautiful!, near the harbor.

I would recommend deet for this trail as there is a tick warning at the onset. The surrounding town and the harbor itself are beautiful. The trail is at a continuous incline so a nice bit of a challenge for such a short trail. Loads of chipmunks and spiders and a chorus of hawks waiting for those furry little chipmunks.

It’s a beautiful trail.

Great for a quick workout

Good workout trail because of the hills. Serious erosion problems on many of the stair step portions of the trail. Watch your footing.

Starts out with an incline of steps and is very up and down make sure you are ready for it. Good shade and just bring water :)

Perfect for interval energy exertion...the topology rises and falls like a HIIT workout.

A bit chewed up do to high traffic. But has the advantage of decent hill climbing. Lots of trail erosion. Trail needs maintenance badly in spots.

Nice trail to run. Not too crowded and is challenging enough that it doesn’t bore you after running it a few times.

Nice trail!! Close to home..

Terrain was fun and a great workout. It goes up and down and up and down - footing is pretty good. Most of the trail is in the shade so that was nice on a 90+ degree day. Unfortunately not really that scenic and no clearings or peaks or lookout points. The trail keeps going past Lawrence Hill Rd but is much easier south of Lawrence Hill Rd so I would stop and turn around there next time. They had kayak rentals at the trailhead which might be fun in the future.

Rigorous in parts but incredibly satisfying. Beautiful! Well worth it

Pretty stiff hike starting at Cold Spring Harbor. Tapers off to a relatively flat, gentle hike after about 5 miles. If you go all the way to Merrick Rd. in Massapequa you have a 20 mile, 8 hour hike. Lots of ponds and streams over the last several miles.

Shady, exactly what was needed on this hot day. Saw a lot of chipmunks and heard them squeaking. Hoped for a water view but there wasn’t a clearing that I could find. Sun filtering through the leaves was beautiful though and a park just a little down the road worked for picnicking.

Great trail to get away from the feel of Long Island. A little hilly at the beginning so you can still get in a nice work out without going crazy. Otherwise it’s a literal walk in the park with beautiful scenery. Highly recommend for all.

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