The Must-See Hiking Destinations of Long Island (Paperback)

The Must-See Hiking Destinations of Long Island book cover


From Melville to Montauk, this book will take you across Long Island to dozens of spectacular parks and preserves. Gaze up in wonder at the majestic beauty of the 100-foot-tall white pines of hike number six. Or appreciate the endless expanse of globally rare dwarf pines in Westhampton and their complex dependence on fire. Better yet, explore the massive Rocky Point Preserve and its fascinating history with the Radio Corporation of America. Finally, embrace your inner conspiracy theorist with a trip to Camp Hero State Park, where rumors of psychological warfare exist to this day. The Must-See Hiking Destinations of Long Island is your one and only guide to hiking on Long Island, perfect for both beginners and seasoned adventurers alike.

  • 34 breathtaking hikes of various difficulties
  • Over 60 high quality photographs of the trails and scenery
  • Detailed trail descriptions, with GPS coordinates supplied for hike
  • Incredible historical fun facts, as well as any fauna you might encounter
  • Enough hiking fun to keep you busy for years!


James Daniels, a 14-year-old ninth grader at Westhampton Beach High School, grew up in East Moriches with a passion for hiking and the outdoors, leading him to write "The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island." This bestseller, available at Hallock State Park Preserve, Orient Beach State Park, Fire Island Lighthouse, BookHampton, The Big Duck, St. James General Store, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, The Ketcham Inn, Burton’s Bookstore, and Connetquot State Park, details numerous hidden hiking gems across the island with high-quality photographs, maps, GPS coordinates, acreage, and mile distances. Daniels, who started hiking with his dog, Candee, and using Google Earth to find trails in the Pine Barrens, began drafting his book at age 12 due to a lack of available information on lesser-known parks. After self-publishing and making his first sale to Hallock State Park, Daniels has received positive feedback and held book discussions at venues like Center Moriches Library and Copiague Library, with an upcoming presentation at Connetquot State Park in March. He hopes his book will impact the community by sharing these local hiking opportunities. For more information or to purchase a copy, visit