Nassau- Suffolk Greenbelt

3 Reviews
Trail Distance: 12.6 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 30 min
Elevation Gain: 892 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

The Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail is a dog-friendly hiking trail that begins in Woodbury and heads south through towns and protected wooded wilderness to the Bethpage State Park. The trail is shielded most of the way from the houses and highways it lies near, by trees and low shrubs, which attracts many birds and small mammals like chipmunks. Your fur-buddy will be very interested in the scurrying in the bushes and activity in the trees as you walk along! In some areas, the trail passes through swampy, marshy terrain and it can be wet and muddy here, but the worst spots are crossed using wooden footbridges. 

Near Woodbury, you'll pass a lake with its resident waterfowl and amphibians like frogs. The surface of the trail is mainly dirt, with a few short segments walking along pavement, and occasionally you'll find yourself walking through a deserted farm field with its overgrown grasses.

The Trail View State Park lies near the northern trailhead, and its several intersecting trails and walkways make for great side-hikes if you and Fido are interested in mixing up your experience on the Nassau-Suffolk. The park features a flyway for many species of migratory birds, and is a good place to stop for a rest and maybe a timely snack. It's also in the northern section that you'll spy gorgeous blooming mountain laurel in June.

The trail is well-maintained and marked with white blazes, and although it twists and turns here and there, the blazes and signage will guide you as you make your way. An occasional oddity may cross your path, such as the gutted old car that seems to appear out of nowhere and leaves you scratching your head as to how it could possibly have gotten there! Occasional rocks and roots pop up too, so keep an eye to the ground!

This is a fine trail to hike in parts, with cross streets and parking lots scattered along its path. If you and your furry bestie are looking for a do-able and handy walking trail, this one's for you!

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Muddy, Lake
Wildflowers
Cautions & Considerations
The terrain in parts of this hike can be challenging, so plan to bring water for both of you, and a source of protein, like an energy bar or two. Some of the trail follows along with the bike path, and you may encounter bicyclists, so stay to the right when they pass. The trail also crosses a few intersections with roads and railroad tracks. Keep your fur-pup securely leashed and look both ways when crossing with care.
Address
8101 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
3 Reviews
Betty’s
Owner
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
This trail is perfect for long hikes with your dog. Betty is very high energy, so I take her here most weekends to get a good workout in. There is a lot of shade which is great for the summer months.
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Pierre’s
Owner
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
Since Pierre is a frenchie, I bring water and take lots of breaks along the trail for him. But overall, it's a scenic place and he loves coming here to socialize with other people and dogs along the trail.
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Baxter’s
Owner
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
Having a dog in the city can be tough, so I love to bring Baxter here on weekends to get away from the concrete jungle. There is a lot of wildlife in the area - definitely check it out if you are on Long Island!
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Address
8101 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797