Bethpage State Park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. Visitors also flock to the park to use the park's picnic facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, bridle paths, hiking and biking trails and cross-county skiing trails. Bethpage State Park houses a restaurant and catering facilities, a Golf Pro Shop and driving range. 2010 Summer Polo Season May 15th-October 3rd, 2010 The Meadowbrook Polo Club offers matches open to the public every Sunday at 3pm at Bethpage State Park. Enjoy the excitment of watching a chukker polo match in one of our state's most beautiful settings. As part of your $8 park entry fee, the Meadowbrook Polo Club, the oldest polo club in the United States, offers competitive polo matches for your family's enjoyment. Bring a picnic, a camera and your friends to watch some of the top polo players from around the world. Matches begin at 3pm and end at 5pm. Please, no glass, pets or alcohol allowed. For information about Bethpage State Park Golf Course, please call (516) 249-0700. Find out more about park permit information

mountain biking
13 days ago

Great XC trail, plenty of down hills as well up hills to keep you in shape.

best trail

Great trail but heavily trafficked on weekends. Lots of wildlife.

beautiful trial

walking
4 months ago

Went for a walk along paved bike path (was not equipped to go hiking). Started in Bethpage and headed north. Path was well kept and was moderately trafficked--there were stretches of solitude. People (bikers, walkers, joggers, and people with leashed dogs) seemed to share the path well--one or two people on their phone, but otherwise a pleasant walk. Path does cross a few major roads, but they are well marked an have traffic signals. At times the path skirts along suburbia.

It was mostly flat in this direction, with a moderate hill at about mile 1. Parts were pleasantly shaded, but the more north (closer to LIE, which is where I turned around), it was open.

Bethpage State Park charges $8 to park, they have a map of hiking trails which appears to be somewhat reliable, if not terrifically detailed. Where the hiking paths cross the bike path, the blazes appear to be intact and highly visible. I plan on returning to explore more!

road biking
4 months ago

Just did the 12.5 mile ride from Woodbury to Massapequa. Tons of windy and narrow paths, populated on the weekends with joggers, dog walkers, and bikers. There are several road crossings (including some highway ramps near the beginning and middle).

The 12.5 mile path starts in Woodbury, heads along the highway in Trailview State Park, into Bethpage State Park, then along the highway to Massapequa Preserve. Crossing a road brings you to the southern part of the Preserve, until you hit Massapequa / Biltmore Shores.

As far as the content, there are several climbs, most notably at the beginning (with 20+ mph sections), including along the highway, and before road crossings. Many bikers of all skill levels are on this path, so stay in your lane and call when you need to pass.

Being not in the best condition myself, the climbs were difficult, but rewarding with the downhill sections, and overall was a great experience, though I wouldn’t put this as my first time trail if I knew there were some intense climb sections.

The souther you go, the more windy the paths get, perfect for single-gear riders, with some tiny dips and climbs. The Massapequa Preserve part has some good scenery with plenty of people near the lake, with less bikers and more pedestrians here than Bethpage State Park. All three areas (Trailview, Bethpage, Massapequa) offer some off-road sections, but not for the inexperienced biker.

I have yet to do this opposite (south to north end), and it’s perfectly fine if you start from different points on the bike way; there are plenty of drop-in and drop-off spots. I would recommend this if you got a few hours to spare.

road biking
7 months ago

Lucky for me, I live 1/3 of a mile from an access point. I can take the trail from my house to Woodbury and back for a 24 mile ride with only a few road crossings and lots of shaded trail. Best done on a weekday.

Nice trail with several side trails to walk along. You have the option to make the hike as short of as long as you would like.

I did the Cold Spring Harbor portion on some random October day. It was awesome! This part is hilly, so be prepared!

Relaxing

mountain biking
10 months ago

The brickyard at bethpage is awesome!!! If you go now make sure you have a great set of wheels or better of use a fat bike

Beautiful trail. A decent workout, but not too challenging if you want to just enjoy yourself. Really enjoyed it and will take the dog along next time.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Yesterday was amazing I didn’t even know this trail was that long! I was able to see wild rabbits, ducks, geese and more! I love nature and the outdoors. I’m so proud of myself over 15 miles!!

road biking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Great scenic path. Fun for the whole family.

road biking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Rode it this past Sunday mid-morning with my 14 year old son. We started at the nothern most parking (which has space for 6 cars + 1 handicap spot). We rode to Sunrise Highway and back, about 20 miles round trip. As it got later in the morning, the path became more crowded mostly with pedestrians toward the southern end of the route. Similar to the Vanderbilt path, there were pedestrians and cyclists with ear plugs or headphones. Some cyclists were inexperienced on paths; stopping in the middle, pulling off to the left without looking behind...
All in all the path is nicely paved and is best for cycling in the morning on weekends, or possibly more times on weekdays.

Monday, July 31, 2017

First time .. a nice challenging experience!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This trail sucks! Good luck following directions to trailhead. The section we walked was extremely narrow and unkept. Chigger town!

trail running
Thursday, June 15, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Actually started at Cold Spring Harbor and went down to Massapequa Park for a total of 19.3 miles. It's a pretty interesting trail. The north side of the island is very hilly, but from middle island downward it's all flat. I grew up on the island and never noticed there were trails running along some main roads and behind people's houses. I don't think there are many places you can experience trails like these. Of course due to the proximity to cars, houses and people, it's anything but serene, but it's a fun goal to accomplish. It took a little less than 8 hours to complete.

Great spot

Saturday, April 15, 2017

This map doesn't show the entire trail. It starts in Massapequa

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Perfect trail for road bikes, running, walking, etc. there is a dirt trail that runs parallel for most of the time which is good for newbie trail bikers or any trail runners. Ended up in massapequa park. Not sure if this is considered the same trail but they merged seamlessly. Not too crowded was alone for 5-10 min stretches. Some dogs on leash. Will come again. $8 parking fee if you park in the bethpage lot.

walking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beautiful trail to walk on

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

I began in Massapequa, and have been covering about 5 miles per day, with a return to my car. Each day I found an adequate stopping place, where I could drive to and then pick up the trail, until today. I am probably going to start from the end of the trail and hike to my finishing point today and back to my car. There are a few places were the markers are confusing.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

good dirt trails for runs. slightly confusing splits, but good quality.

road biking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Easy ride, usually very crowded on weekends. The winds can make on direction or the other very tough.

road biking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Ride this 3-4 times a week, always a good ride, great views, mix of serious and leisurely cyclists.

Great boi

road biking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Beautiful year round and easy for all ages.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful scenery, not to crowded. Very enjoyable.

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