Great ride! Very scenic and challenging in spots. I consider this my "home trail" and bike it quite often. Mostly ride south from the southern end of Bethpage Bikeway, over the Southern State Parkway bridge, cross Linden Street and head into the Massapequa preserve. Once across Sunrise Hwy., proceed south through the preserve to Merrick Road and across to Alhambra Road and proceed south to Alhambra Beach. Also check out the 'hidden' unpaved and peaceful stretch of bike path between Clark Blvd. and Linden Street on the west side of the creek. Always such an enjoyable ride! Truly one of my favorite trails year round!
My first time in this trail and it was amazing. I usually go to jones beach and this trail is 10 times better. Less people, the trail itself is wider and the scenery is beautiful! Definitely will be coming to this trail from now. I started from Massapequa Park on sunrise highway and went up to Plainview is a total of 17-18 miles (both ways). You can even go fishing in the lake in Massapequa.
Awesome except for the few bikers that thought they were in the Tour de France. They almost collided with my son and we were clearly moving out of the way for them. Jerks! Other than that the walk is easy to do with a family or alone. Great views and plenty of cover from the sun.
This happens to be a great preserve right in the middle of suburbia. pros: a good 4..5 miles of paved trail for power walks, lots of wildlife...Osprey, fox, snapping turtles, weasel, owls, hawks, garter snakes, swan, geese, etc.
cons: to many "owners" who run amuck with dogs off leash and cyclists who "own" the trails.
other than that, it's a great place to exercise or rehab in my case!
This is a really great trail. At the right time it can be both colorful and tranquil. I used to bike ride through here a few years ago and I had forgotten how beautiful it is particularly at this time of year with the leaves changing colors.
The trail on the web site is about a 2.5 mile loop. However, as pointed out by another reviewer you can make this a longer hike. If you go down to Sunrise Highway it is abut a four mile loop. If you continue down to Merrick Road you can rest at Massapequa lake, have some lunch and head back. it is about a 5.6 mile loop.
As you go through the preserve there are a few off shoot trails you can take to explore the preserve. This is a level flat trail and east to follow.
If you go early in the morning it won't be too crowded.