Five Beautiful North Fork Trails to Explore This Fall
The North Fork of Long Island is a beautiful place to see in autumn, especially since it features the many color-changing leaves of maple and oak trees. Fall is also a great time for hiking since the weather tends to be significantly cooler than in the summer.
There are also plenty of local trails that hikers of all ages can enjoy since many are short and easy to walk. Seniors can especially enjoy hiking on Long Island in the fall with friends and family to keep active physically, socially, and mentally.
The Top Five Trails of the North Fork
1. The Downs Farm Preserve Trail
Just under a mile long, the Downs Farm Preserve Trail is a loop path that will take you through natural woods and wetlands. You may also be able to see the vineyards of nearby McCall Wines. Be sure to check out the trail before November though as it closes for hunting season from November through January.
2. The Ruth Olivia Preserve at Dam Pond
The Ruth Olivia Preserve at Dam Pond in East Marion is a beautiful hike in Fall and Winter. If you are a bird enthusiast, you will be delighted to catch a glimpse of buffleheads and red-breasted merganers. This 118-acre collection of land with trails is definitely to be enjoyed in late Fall and early winter.
3. The Arshamomaque Pond Preserve Southhold
The Preserve has over 2,200 feet of shoreline frontage and is one of the most valuable and productive coastal ecosystems in the nation. The Osprey Overlook lets visitors watch osprey as they patrol the skies in search of fish. plan to visit it after a few sunny days. The area has a wide varieties of flora and fauna. Ferns, mountain laurel, white oaks, and tulips are a few of the varieties you will encounter on your hike.
4. The Sound View Dunes Park Forest Trail
At Sound View Dunes Park, you can take the Forest Trail for one and a half miles. This trail loops around, and it is slightly difficult to walk with its many hills and inclines. Pets on leashes are also allowed to walk this trail, and a highlight of the path is a hidden beach.
5. The Inlet Pond County Park Outer Loop
At Inlet Pond County Park, you’ll find a one-and-a-half-mile easy walking loop. This scenic trail features views of the Long Island Sound and distant Connecticut. You can also stop by the birdwatching wall at the park after your walk to see local waterfowl.
How to Prepare for Hiking on North Fork Trails
Hikers in the Greenport area should be aware that ticks are always around, no matter the season. To protect yourself from these pests, be sure to wear an insect repellent and consider using tick gaiters, which protect the ankles and legs while you walk.
You should also wear protective shoes made of leather or rubber, specifically without mesh or other types of fabric that insects can get through. Your shoes should also support your feet correctly so that you can avoid falls or other injuries, and non-slip shoes are a great choice for muddy trails.
Seniors should take extra precautions while hiking to avoid falls, such as with using walking sticks or canes. However, active seniors are encouraged to hit the trails whenever they can to maintain a healthy body and mind. Residents of Peconic Landing love to take all the above trails and more, whether they live independently or choose to receive some daily assistance.