Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel. There is a picnic pavilion available for large parties. In addition to a pavilion rented through the Permit Department, Hempstead offers rental of the Carousel part-room done in-house at the park. For a rental fee of $350.00 for a three hour event, guests are also offered unlimited carousel rides during their event. There are three ponds that are accessible for fishing. On Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County, you are permitted to use car top boats with an annual permit issued from the Park. Fishing in Hempstead Lake is by catch and release only. McDonald Pond and South Pond are stocked with trout in the fall and you may target trout throughout the winter months. Other species present include large mouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappe, perch, tiger muskies, carp and sunfish.

I took a quick night hike just to clear my head. I needed some time in the woods was great.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail!

Beautiful park trails. very relaxed atmosphere. great for all ages. the scenery was amazing, and calming to the soul. I parked at field 1 buy picnic area, and walked around and entire Lake, easy 3 miles.

Nice trail, a little over 3 miles and you can stay on the trail itself or go off a bit on your own. You can also cross over to the smaller lake and walk the path there as well. Not a difficult hike, just watch out for the horse dung as parts of it are used as a bridle path as well.

Solid 5k around the main lake, add the smaller lake for some more. Parking is along Eagle Ave and requires payment 8-4p, they do take Empire pass. Trail is paved along park and Peninsula Blvd and curves into some gravel in the wooded areas. A quick, steep hill before the parkway if coming from Peninsula. Not in the greatest of areas, recommend bringing a buddy. Trail forces a finish or you can't get back to your car, keeps up the challenge.

trail running
10 months ago

The trail around the main lake is between 2.5 - 3 miles. Trail is dirt and gravel with some sandy spots. A few areas had water accumulation, but nothing you cannot get around. Very nice option for the area. Glad I finally checked it out. Will explore more next time.

Incredible views in the fall. Great hike!

walking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

A fun little challenge, it's a good 5k starter as there is no way to cut corners, you have to finish or you won't get back to your car. there's a nice 45° hill at the 2.5 mile mark. Half the trail is sand and pebbles, the other along the lake and Peninsula Blvd is all street. Some of the trail is out of the way, tucked along Southern State, I do not recommend if you are alone or for night activities.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016