This hike traverses the northern end of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, with undulating terrain and steep grades, and reaches a panoramic view over the waters of Cold Spring Harbor.
This one-way hike requires two cars. Take the Long Island Expressway east to Exit 40E and proceed east on Jericho Turnpike (NY 25). In 1.0 mile, take the exit for NY 106 & 107 North, then bear right in 0.3 mile to stay on NY 106. In 3.5 miles, turn right onto NY 25A. In 4.1 miles, stay on NY 25A as it bears left and becomes Harbor Road. Continue for another 0.6 mile, and turn right into a parking area for Cold Spring Harbor State Park, just past the entrance to the Cold Spring Harbor Library.
With the second car, head south on Harbor Road for 0.6 mile, then turn left onto NY 108. In 1.6 miles, NY 108 ends, and you bear right to continue on Woodbury Road. In another 1.8 miles, turn right onto Jericho Turnpike (NY 25) and proceed for about 750 feet to the entrance to Trail View State Park, on the right.
See directions for bus, below.
Each end of the hike can also be reached by public transportation, but only limited weekday service is available. To reach the start of the hike, take the NICE (Nassau Inter-County Express) N79 bus from the Hicksville station on the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road (www.nicebus.com). From the northern end of the hike at Cold Spring Harbor State Park, you can take the HART (Huntington Area Rapid Transit) H10 bus to the Huntington station (take the bus to Pulaski Avenue and New York Avenue in Huntington and walk north on New York Avenue for about 0.3 mile to the station) (www.sct-bus.org).
When thinking about hiking on Long Island, most people envision flat, relatively monotonous terrain. Indeed, most hiking trails on Long Island are flat, or nearly so. But this hike is a notable exception. It is situated on the Harbor Hill glacial moraine, which features undulating terrain and some steep climbs and descents. In fact, this may be the most challenging hike (from the point of view of terrain) on Long Island.