TRAIL VIEW STATE PARK
From Nassau County (West): Northern State Parkway, Southern State Parkway or LIE (495) east to the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (135) north to Jericho Turnpike east. Take Jericho Tpke (25) east past two traffic lights. Parking will be on the left side of the road.
From Eastern Suffolk County: Northern State Parkway, Southern State Parkway or LIE (495) west to the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (135) north to Jericho Turnpike east. Take Jericho Tpke (25) east past two traffic lights. Parking will be on the left side of the road.
Trail View State Park
Phone: (631) 423-1770
Overview: Everyone can enjoy the splendor of the 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear Park without disturbing the avian guests. Arctic birds have the latitude and longitude of the Trail View State Park firmly imprinted on their inherited memory chips, and they never fail to drop their feathered flaps and descend to the scenic climes of the Park, every Spring and Autumn. They have a choice of nesting at almost sea level or building a hilly retreat at about 300 feet above the Atlantic. The wide variety of habitats available in the narrow confines of the Trail View State Park, nurtures a long buffet table of delicacies, and keeps birds accustomed to the staid fare of their icy original homes interested and happy. Trail View State Park has also a number of marshy stretches that support rich crustacean and arthropod life. Birds find no dearth of food for their young and for themselves, regardless of their preferred nutrition sources. It is considered an important place for American bird watchers who would like to observe species that are not native to their home continent.
History: In 1960s, the area was obtained by the New York State intending to use it as a parkway connecting Caumsett State Historic Park to Bethpage State Park. In the summer of 2002, the property was dedicated as a state park, offering a variety of recreational opportunities including trails for hiking and bicycling on its hilly terrain and open fields. The Park is one of 17 established in New York in the last decade. Almost $ 400 million have been invested here. Providing the recreation for citizens and creating reserves to conserve natural resources must figure amongst the State's most important achievements in the recent past.
Facilities: multi-use trails for hiking, cycling and birding throughout its 400 acres. A 7.4-mile stretch of the Greenbelt Trail passes through.
Seasons/Hours: No fees are collected, and the park and parking field is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
Pets: Strictly, no pets allowed.