Where: Twin Lakes Preserve, Wantagh
What: Hike (trail, unpaved)
Snacks: Pipeline Coffee, Wantagh
Take the 135 to Sunrise Highway. Make a right on to Old Mill Road, then alright onto Park Avenue. Along the right hand side of Park Avenue you’ll find a handful of parking spots and ample signage for Twin Lakes Preserve.
Enter the preserve through the break in the fence. Head right. Keeping the lake to your left follow your way around the trail. The trail is marked by scattered white blazes with plenty of access to get closer to the water. A fence separates you from some major roadways. If serenity is what you’re after you may not find it here as the trail is always in earshot of the road.
As you loop around the lake you’ll come to a large staircase – slippery when wet. At the top of the stairs is Park Avenue. Look left and wave to your car. Cross the street and continue your loop. Make sure you look both ways before crossing. The trail floods in some places and roots are easy to trip over. Take the trail to the end and turn back to head to your car.
When I come to Twin Lakes Preserve it is always on my way to something else. An entire walk through takes about 30-45 minutes. It is in such an odd spot, sandwiched between major roadways and a residential area. Some debris around the park speaks to its popularity but, some areas of the trail are overgrown. The preserve isn’t accessible, unfortunately. Fishing is allowed but dogs aren’t. Watch for thorns. They getcha….
I was torn about which snack location to include as there are two really great coffee shops less than a mile from the preserve. Pipeline Coffee is new, modern and chill. Double shots are their standard. No late night. Bellmore Bean is cozy with vegan treats, caffeine options galore and a liquor menu – live music on the weekends. Photos from Pipeline. Park carefully if you’re going to either location – lots and street parking all have different criteria and time limits.
See you on the trails,