Bike Trails, Hiking Trails, Now Water Trails?

You’ve heard of bike trails and hiking trails, but what about a water trail?

In Nassau County, Freeport, Hempstead and Oyster Bay officials are planning a 45-mile trail through the marshlands and wetlands along the South Shore. They presented a plan for the trail at a news conference on Monday.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said the South Shore Blueway Trail would boost recreational and conservation efforts and generate some $800 million in total tax revenue.

“The purpose here is to create a map that kayakers and canoers can follow, which would obviously provide parking areas as well as ingress and egress ramping and ADA compliance,” Mangano said.

The trail would only be open to non-motorized boats, like kayaks, canoes or sailboats.

Proposed Blueways map