Places to Walk on Long Island, by Ellen Scharaga

Long Island is famous for its beaches and beautiful scenery. For walkers, there are endless amounts of terrain to explore on the island, which spreads 118 miles in length. Here is a list of some of the best trails:

1. Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway: The Trailway runs 12 miles between Ossining and Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York. Walkers get glimpses of Croton Gorge Park and the Hudson River from atop the Spitzenberg Mountain.

2. Cross Island Parkway Trail: Beginning in Queens County, this trail wanders for 3.1 miles past Throgs Neck Bay and into Little Bay Park. The trail ends at Alley Pond Park, which offers marsh, meadow, and forest land.

3. Eastern Parkway Trail: This is a good option for those who want a taste of the city life in Brooklyn. The Eastern Parkway Trail is a two-mile path that winds through Crown Heights. The trail begins in the famous Prospect Park ,and takes walkers past landmarks such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and Prospect Park Zoo.

About the author: Ellen Scharaga lives in Great Neck, New York, on Long Island. She enjoys walking, shopping, and volunteering in her community.