By: Kevin Biggiani
If you are looking for a healthy, local outdoor adventure to get back into action, but still want to feel safe post COVID-19 pandemic, a good hike can provide the remedy. Hiking is a great aerobic recreational activity that you can engage in on Long Island at any time during the year. A nice aspect of hiking is that you can do it on your own, with a friend, or with a group of friends. In fact, there are two fun hikes right in the Oyster Bay vicinity that provide the casual hiker with an extremely fun activity.
First, there is a beautiful walk along the waters of Oyster Bay from
Beekman Beach to the Bayville Bridge and back. This scenic walk is about five miles. It features a flat walkway along the bay with a gorgeous view of Center Island Beach as you stroll towards the Bayville Bridge. On your left side are magnificent homes with superb views of Oyster Bay. Along the way, seagulls will fly overhead. There is wildlife in the marsh adjacent to the trail and, on occasion, you may see crew teams in their majestic boats practicing or even competing in a meet. Once you reach the Bayville Bridge, you often see fishermen fishing for snappers. Also, there are some local shops where you can purchase a beverage to quench your thirst or buy a snack. On the walk back, you will see terrific views of Roosevelt Beach and Beekman Beach.
A second hike definitely worth the experience is a three-miler inside Caumsett State Park on Lloyd Neck. Caumsett State Park is about a fifteen minute scenic drive from Oyster Bay. The trail is basically a loop through the park on a flat paved path. Along the trail, you will see horses, an assortment of wildlife, and you may even bump into a deer along the pathway or see a herd of deer grazing in one of the meadows of this absolutely gorgeous park. Halfway through the hike, you will pass the mansion and barn of former owner, Marshall Field III. For avid hikers, there are other trails that branch off from the main trail that will take you to beautiful views of the Long Island Sound.
On both hikes, there are many places to rest and soak up the beauty of the scenery. If you are looking for a safe way to get out of the house, find some sunshine and enjoy some great exercise, take advantage of these two great walks in your own backyard.