West Hills Park is a 6.8 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
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.
In all fairness we went hiking on one of the first warmer days we've had in a long time so everything was a mushy melted mess! We still had fun in spite of the mud! :)
I Love it
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!
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.
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.