Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Heckscher State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
2 months ago

Nice bike ride. Dead-ended into a residential neighborhood in the north end of the park. There were enough hard-packed paths to ride on and eventually make my way back to the car. Some sections of bike trail in southern part of park were closed. Seems like some creepers like to hang out in the parking lots in the off-season, just slowly driving around in circles and parking their car for a few seconds, then crawling around the parking lot a little more. Seems like this park is a few years removed from its glory days.

Paved path 1.5 there and back makes it a comfortable 3mile hike on flat land, does weave thru the "campground" and playground but decent coverage and trail "feel" on the north end closer to the parkway. Cut across when you get to the end and explore the dirt paths on the east side of the park, large 10ft wide paths are easily navigated east towards the golf course or back south to link up with the paved path

road biking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Great flat place to casually ride bikes without worrying too much about cars.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Well-marked trail except early on at Hecksher st. park. There were nice changes in scenery from bay/beach to different types of forest. Highlight of the hike was crossing under Sunrise Hwy/rt. 27 on suspended catwalk.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

I have to disagree with the prior comments! This massive state park is one of the best on Long Island. There are wooded trails for miles as long as paved trails. Ticks are prevalent in wooded areas anywhere on Long Island so always be cautious and simply shower after hiking. Gorgeous views of the great South Bay and Fire Island. Beautiful wildlife year round. Great picnic area. Some areas are closed to vehicles due to storm damage from Sandy but still accessible by foot.

Monday, August 26, 2013

We have camp and hiked here since 2007. It is very flat, not very wooded, and much of the southern part is paved. Good for bikers but hikers beware of ticks. It also tends to be windy, which can be good or bad depending on the season.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Be careful there are lots of ticks

Monday, December 31, 2012

Be VERY careful of the ticks here ( they carry Lyme's disease)- Field 5 is for the dogs. I parked in the lot, walked to the West and went into the trail along the reeds which leads up to a pretty area of pine trees and fields. I found ticks on my dog when we got back. There are many other parking areas of the park to walk, and beach areas, no dogs allowed there. Better to walk in winter or wear the right clothes and check yourself when you leave. Fee to get in- free with NY state park pass ($65/year).

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I wrote hiking as the activity because this app doesn't allow you to put rollerblading in as your activity. We parked in field 4 and went through the little picnic area then to the right along the paved trail. It is a really nice trail for rollerblading but I would recommend going to the left when you're at field 4 because there is only about 1/2 a mile of trail left if you go to the right.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Great Park to walk, cycle & run . Beautiful trails with deer sightings. It has the beach, fishing, just all over beauty. Go there to relax and take a load off, or go there to get the best of your bike and legs. Very clean. Just a great place to visit.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy and relaxing flat trail. Plenty of foliage with some deer. This is part of a state park that has picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms and biking trails.

3 months ago

mountain biking
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trail running
11 months ago

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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road biking
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mountain biking
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