Like Avalon which I wrote about in an earlier post, Edgewood is quiet peaceful. At almost 500 acres, Edgewood represents one of the last remains of Long Island’s former oak-brush plains. Our group started out on the walking trail then decided to veer back on to the biking trail. Much of the ground is blanketed in needle-like flora, giving it a softer feeling than rock or gravel-like terrain would. The slender trees enhance this atmosphere with their dainty trunks and limbs, at times dipping over to shield hikers from the sun. While the trails are mostly flat, there are sand hills at times which add a bit of diversity to the hike.
Cemented into the center of the preserve is also a paved road, which leads to Pilgrim Psychiatric Hospital which is supposedly home to some beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, I did not see this first-hand, although I did hear this from many people.
At the end of the hike, my Cardio Trainer informed me that I had traveled 4.71 Miles in 1 hour and 41 minutes (we stopped to take some photos), walked 7,581 steps, and burned 496 calories. I would recommend this hike for beginners to intermediate, as it is mostly level ground and very peaceful and relaxing.