Walt Whitman Loop

West Hills, New York 11743

Walt Whitman Loop

Walt Whitman Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Take a hike fit for a poet and see the highest point on Long Island, Jayne’s Hill."

More Walt Whitman Loop Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Tammy McCarley
View more trails from this guide book
"Named for the famous poet who resided in this area in the late 1800s, the Walt Whitman Trail in West Hills County Park offers an invigorating hike for both dogs and their owners in western Suffolk County. One of the higher points in the area, Jaynes Hill, at 401 feet above sea level, provides a moderate climb along this otherwise tranquil hike. Also note that horses frequent the side roads throughout this park. Take care to watch for horses and their riders as you travel along the trails." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Christopher & Catherine Brooks
View more trails from this guide book
"The seaside vistas are overgrown from when Walt Whitman roamed this historic woodland, but the densely forested hills still provide a poetic setting for a short hike. A labyrinth of trails snakes by a picturesque pond amid laurels, white pines, and rhododendrons— as well as a full complement of hardwoods— on the way to Jayne’s Hill, the highest point on Long Island." Read more

Walt Whitman Loop Reviews

4
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
icon6 Total
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
6/10/2018
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
3/27/2010
A nice park, with nice trails. Some of the trails aren't as well marked as one would like, but not difficult. A few hills, nothing too intense, but not all flat either.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
5/16/2009
Great trail. It wanders through meadows and then through the forest. Be sure to check out the Chelsea estate. It was owned by Benjamin Moore, who was grandson to Clement Clark Moore. (author of T'was the Night before Christmas".
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
9/7/2008
I was excited to take my son to the trail based on the previous reviews. We both found the trail to not be marked well and got lost a few times. I heard that they were going to clear out overgrowth next weekend. I guess we were not the first to find it more difficult than anticipated. I hope this helps.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
6/16/2007
Great short hike. There is a nature center in the preserve w/ programs for kids. A very friendly staffer greeted us with a few bees ... :) btw, they aren't kidding: watch you step if you hike the bridle paths.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
12/18/2006
Great hike! My family and I are new to the hiking world, this was only our third official trail. The ruins are really neat. The average Long Islander would have no idea that these structures are even in there. The trails were well marked and easy to navigate. My wife and I hike with our 7yr old daughter and she was fine throughout. As you walk you can see little off-shoots for the more adventurous folks. JB
0
Comments

Walt Whitman Loop Photos

Trail Information

West Hills
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3
Duration
Spring through Fall
Season
West Hills County Park
Local Contacts
USGS quad: Huntington
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018