Nature Trails

Nature Trails Location / Phone Information / Hours
* Town of Hempstead facilities
Meroke Preserve
(Faith Laursen)
Orange St. &
Farmers Ave.
Bellmore
The Meroke Preserve features a quarter-mile trail through freshwater wetland and woodland, a wide variety of birds, both seasonal and nesting, and a bridge across Cedar Swamp Creek. A 25-acre preserve.
Open sunrise to sunset year-round.
Brookside Preserve Brookside Ave.
North of Sunrise Hwy
Freeport
The Brookside Preserve features a quarter-mile marked nature trail along Milburn Creek and freshwater wetland. There are additional trails through the dry woods and upland field. This preserve, managed by the South Shore Audubon Society, is home to a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and over 50 species of birds. A 20-acre nature sanctuary.
Open sunrise to sunset year-round.
Cow Meadow Park Preserve 701 South Main St.
Freeport
(516) 571-8685
The Cow Meadow Preserve features a quarter-mile hiking trail through a bayberry thicket along the saltwater marsh. It also features a bird watching tower to watch the 156 species of nesting, migrating and wintering birds.
Open 9 AM to dusk year-round.
Lido Beach Passive Nature Area* Lido Blvd.
Lido Beach
(516) 431-9200
Close to a mile of simple trails that will allow you to view and explore different areas from salt marsh to grasslands.  Wetlands trail to Reynolds Channel. The conservation area has several unique sections for bird watching.
Open sunrise to sunset year-round.
Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve* 1600 Merrick Rd.
Merrick
(516) 804-2000
The 52-acre park & preserve features 3.5 miles of hiking trails with 18 exercise stations along the trail. The preserve is filled with many different types of trees including black locust, poplar, eastern red cedar and white birch. Many species of birds, a herd of Nigerian dwarf goats, and other wildlife make the preserve their home.
Open 7 days a week at 7 AM year-round. Call or visit Norman Levy Park web page for closing hours.
Marine Nature Study Area* 500 Slice Dr.
Oceanside
(516) 766-1580
The Marine Nature Study Area features a mile of trails, 52 acres of salt marsh, tidal creeks and uplands, a rich variety of plant and animal life, marine life displays, salt water aquaria featuring local species and over 216 sighted species of birds.
Open Tue. to Sat. year round 9 AM to 5 PM (trails close 4:30 PM) Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays. 
Tanglewood Preserve

1450 Tanglewood Rd. between Ocean Ave. and Lakeview Rd.
Rockville Centre
(516) 764-0045

A 17-acre preserve complete with ponds, streams and nature trails. Features Center for Science Teaching and Learning.
Open Monday to Sunday 9 AM to dusk.
Reverend Arthur Mackey Sr. Park Lakeside Dr. & Washington Ave.
Roosevelt
(516) 571-8692
This park features a three-mile nature trail through the park with a lake and a variety of birds.
Open 8 AM to dusk Sept. to May;
8 AM - 8:30 PM June to Aug.
Tackapausha Museum & Preserve 2225 Washington Ave.
Seaford
(516) 571-7443
An 84-acre preserve replete with streams, ponds and five miles of nature trails, and one of the last Atlantic White Cedar swamps in Nassau County, as well as a five-mile bike paved path & pedestrian trail. Handicap-accessible.
Open Thurs. to Sun. 11 AM - 4 PM;
CLOSED Mon., Tues. & Wed.
Valley Stream State Park Southern State Pkwy exit 15A
Valley Stream
(516) 825-4128
Valley Stream State Park boasts two nature trails with labeled trees and plants. The Squirrel Nut Environmental Trail is a one-quarter mile loop through the park which begins behind the main office by parking field 1. The Hickory Nut Nature Trail is a half-mile hiking trail with an entrance right off Hendrickson Avenue.
Open 7 AM to sunset year-round.
Forest City Community Park* 3099 Morgan Dr.
Wantagh
(516) 783-2513
The Forest City Community Park has a half-mile nature trail through the park with a pond.
Open 8 AM to dusk year-round.
Twin Lakes Preserve* Old Mill Rd.
Wantagh
This 58-acre preserve features hiking trails around five freshwater ponds and is home to a variety of trees including Red Maple, Sweet Gum, Hawthorn, Sycamore and Tulip.
Open sunrise to sunset year-round.
Hempstead Lake State Park Southern State Pkwy exit 18
West Hempstead
(516) 766-1029
A three-mile marked hiking trail which features rare birds, Brown Tail Hawks and a wide variety of trees.
Open sunrise to sunset year-round.