One of our favorite ways to take in the summer weather is to get in a good hike—plus, spending the days outdoors is also a great way to get some exercise! Don’t get us wrong, brunch or a mani-pedi is a perfect way to catch up with girlfriends, but getting in some gossip over a mountaintop picnic is seriously underrated. Whether you’re hitting the hills with your pups or going for a nature run, we’ve found the best trails to check out when the sun is shining and you’re breaking out the sunscreen!
Hither Woods West
Hither Woods West offers the ultimate locale for hiking. Boasting over 3,000 acres of grass lands, sandy beaches, and walking dunes, hikers can take their pick of what kind of natural tapestry should set the background for a day out. Plus, both hikers and bikers can get in on the outdoor exercise without feeling over-crowded—we’re pretty sure you won’t have to dodge a cyclist amidst 3,000 acres!
The best part about being on the coast is enjoying the beauty of the ocean. Fortunately, you can do so while hiking Camp Hero, which offers 5 trails throughout the former Military base in Montauk. The large ocean bluffs and ocean vistas complement the seaside forest so you can admire the green and the blue!
Sea Haul Trail
Nothing says I’m spending my summer outdoor in the Hamptons like hiking up to the Montauk lighthouse. Get in some outdoor exercise on any one of the 5 trails from the Seal Haul Out Trail, the Mooney Pond Trail, the Oyster Pond Trail, the Ogden Brook Trail, and the Paumanok Trail, then enjoy a picnic overlooking the bluffs!
The “Walking” Dunes
We think the name of the trail says it all, but the “Walking” Dunes trail offers a ¾ mile trail that will take you and your hiking buddies through some gorgeous dune areas, that reach up to 80 feet! We might suggest taking a camera on this hike!
Shadmoor State Park
Whether you’re looking to take a scenic walk out with your loved one, explore freshwater wetlands, or do some bird watching, Shadmoor State Park is the place to go! You can do all of that and more on the 99 acres of hiking trails while enjoying the coastal views.
Oyster Pond Trail
Hiking through the forest and dunes is all good and well, but sometimes miles and miles of gorgeous sandy beaches are all we need. You’ve got access to that, plus Block Island Sound, and Oyster Pond, on Oyster Pond Trail!