Last Saturday, some friends and I decided to take advantage of the unusually warm October weather and explore the Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich, New York.
If you enter the preserve near the the Nature Center, you’ll find maps and animal identification sheets available there. There are several different entrances, but I recommend finding this one. The trails aren’t labeled well, and they get a bit confusing, so it’s useful to have the map.
Expectedly, the trails at Muttontown aren’t exactly strenuous. But there are a lot of them, and they offer quite a few things to see. In particular, there were two spots that our group focused on visiting: the walled garden and the building ruins.
The walled garden was easy to find using the map, though it isn’t much of a garden anymore. The wall itself is the only thing worth seeing, with its overgrown vines and graffiti. Some of the graffiti isn’t much to look at, but there are a few quotes (and Brand New lyrics) that are photograph worthy.
The building ruins were more difficult to find, even with the map. I definitely think it’s worth venturing to find them though. If you think the graffiti at the walled garden is awesome, it’s nothing compared to that of the ruins. I mean, it’s borderline satanic but…hey, I love that creepy shit. Oh, and you can also climb on the building ruins, so that’s a good time.
Muttontown Preserve is one of the best nature spots I’ve seen on Long Island, so I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area. It’s no mountainous hike or anything, but it does the job. And I am a sucker for a place with artsy graffiti. So I’ll leave you with my favorite piece below. Happy hiking!