Take a winter walk with a river view at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
It's a winter walk with a river view - at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge on this Road Trip: Close to Home.
The refuge in Shirley protects over 2,500 acres of the Carmans River watershed.
There are over 6 miles of trails to hike or cross country ski.
There are two main paths to pick from. For the more scenic route, follow the White Oak Trail.
Walk through woodlands, grasslands and a wide variety of habitats.
"We have fish, frogs, reptiles, this is one of the few natural areas that these animals can still call home on Long Island," says Ann Marie Chapman, of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.
Some paths are paved, but be sure to wear boots while there's still snow. There are great spots to stop and see some beautiful birds, including one of the bald eagles who calls this home.
And if you are not up for a long hike, just a short walk away from the parking lot you can enjoy nature on the observation deck.
In warmer weather, you can kayak up to the floating dock.
You can do the walk seven days a week all year round during daylight hours.