Walt Whitman Trail and Long Island Summit

Melville, New York

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Walk to the highest point on Long Island and see the view that inspired one of the most universally revered poets in American history. This popular hiking park near Huntington offers an easy walk with just enough change in elevation to prove that Long Island does have its share of hills. The short Historical Background: In 1819, in a farmhouse in West Hills at what is now 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., poet Walter Whitman Jr. was born to house builder Walter Whitman and his wife, Louisa. The second of nine children, “Walt”—a nickname he received to differentiate him from his father—moved with his family to Brooklyn four years later.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Walk to the highest point on Long Island and see the view that inspired one of the most universally revered poets in American history. This popular hiking park near Huntington offers an easy walk with just enough change in elevation to prove that Long Island does have its share of hills.

The short Historical Background: In 1819, in a farmhouse in West Hills at what is now 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., poet Walter Whitman Jr. was born to house builder Walter Whitman and his wife, Louisa. The second of nine children, “Walt”—a nickname he received to differentiate him from his father—moved with his family to Brooklyn four years later.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Melville
Distance: 0.6
Elevation Gain: 126 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: West Hills County Park, Sweet Hollow Road, Melville 11747; (631) 8544423; suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Parks/WestHillsCountyPark.aspx
Local Maps: Available online at mapmyhike.com/us/west-hills-ny
Driving Directions: Directions to Walt Whitman Trail and Long Island Summit

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