Massapequa Lake Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Massapequa Park, NY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Very wooded no signs and dead end trails. Beautiful views but lots of traffic noise.
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.
Great a lot of wildlife
Just have to watch for the bicycle riders that zip right by without warning
I love this place
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!
Great hike, lots of wildlife. Keep an eye out for Screech Owls
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.
I grew up right down the road from one of the entrances to this trail. In my young days we called the Preserve where all the trails intersect, the Woods- a generic name for the local connection to a woodland. Today the woods is officially a preserve, which is great, as it will assure that in the midst of suburban sprawl, there will always be this lovely trail area. The preserve description says it is a "2 mile trail" but that is not true. If you were to enter the trail near the Bethpage State Park and hike down to Merrick Road, you would cover much more than a couple of miles. The trails are all blacktop because it used very frequently by bicycle riders. In nice weather, bike riders monopolize the trails. Forget a leisurely nature hike, these woods are overflowing with bike riders who zip through the trees as if they were in the middle of Central Park. Sometimes whole families warn you that they are coming on your left or your right so that most of the hike is spent in dodging bicycles. When I was a kid, we rode bikes there on dirt roads but usually had a destination like the fishing hole. Today few kids fish, mostly they ride bikes up and down the trail , the faster the better and that is not taking into account those "professional" type cyclists who wear lots of spandex and space age helmets. If you do get the chance to walk the trails in relative peace, there are some lovely views along the way. Much of the trail follows a river that used to have one or two quaint bridges going across, but the bridges are gone. The river ends in Caroon's Lake and probably goes underground to the Great South Bay which is not far from the end of the trail. Lilies and wild roses , rhododendrons, and bluebells dot the pathways and you may see chipmunks and bull frogs too. Cardinals and blue jays, mockingbirds and woodpeckers hop from tree to tree and if you get the chance to simply sit and watch them , you will not have wasted a summer afternoon. The Preserve offers a colorful journey during the Fall when the leaves on the many oaks and maples are truly breathtaking, so take a camera. The trail is popular and unless you find your way there in the early morning , you will be sharing the road with lots of fellow suburbanites, but park on the side streets, take a packed lunch and enjoy the fact that this piece of the south shore at least does not harbor another CVS.