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.

It’s a nice park for a leisurely walk. There’s also a picnic spot and a playground for some wholesome family fun. And the location is great!
The reason I’m rating this 3 stars is because besides the play ground/picnic area being a little crowded. There are a lot of bees around.

road biking
13 days ago

went with my wife and kids biking I have a trailer for the bike so I can take the kids, the whole path is dirt and mostly in the shade bc of the tall trees, there's a really nice breeze from the lake and the scenery is gorgeous, mostly flat so it's easy. I won't advise to go after the rain bc it's really muddy, and b on the look out for horse dropping, wear bug repellent!
u can also have a really relaxing walk, and there are places where you could go down to the Lakeshore, which is really really nice!

Easy hike with beautiful views

trail running
4 months ago

One of few uninterrupted trail runs within several miles radius of Garden City/Hempstead. In addition to the main loop, which is just under 3 miles, can add a 2 mile loop on the north side of the Southern State and almost one more mile to the south toward Lakeview - all totaled can get 6.5-7.0 miles of non-repeating trails.

Nice trail wide fire road no obstacles great for kids intro to hiking

I did not like the traffic noise at some parts. Otherwise it’s a nice hike down right by the shore. I didn’t not see that one right away, it’s behind the fence

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

Great trail!

walking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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
Sunday, November 27, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Incredible views in the fall. Great hike!

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.

road biking
Thursday, June 25, 2015

For my first trail ever it was a lot of fun. It was nice to see all the people out and about but my buddy and I were the only ones on bikes hitting the trail. My only off part was when the trail ended by peninsula blvd through on coming traffic getting off and on the southern state. Other than that it was fun riding along the southern state.

hiking
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Finally got out for a hike and went around the entire lake mostly on the trails rather than the road/bridal path but ending up coming home with two ticks. That was annoying. Its a very nice trail and it was about 3.5 miles around the entire lake but there are other paths you can use to make that long and explore the south pond area. I'm not sure if you can get to the pond on the north side of the southern state but I'm going to check next week sometime. The path is overgrown in some places and in the past I've not been able to go all the way around easily because once you get to the north end of the lake, the trail ends and you have to switch to the bridal path for awhile and sometimes that north end trail is so overgrown you can't make it through so you have to double back and hit the bridal path earlier. There are spots on the east side of the lake that are also difficult to get through but because it was so early, the thorn bushes have not grown up yet. Its one of the few forest areas we have in the area.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

did this years ago in the fall when I drove down from Connecticut where I then lived in Southbury. I thought this trail was rather awesome, easy and flat [ except for one little " baby hill" by Connecticut/Upstate-Western New York State, or even North Shore/Hamptons of Long Island standards! It's at the north end of this loop trail bordering the fence by Southern State Parkway.] I lived in Baldwin as a kid and have to say that this is " wilderness" for the otherwise overdeveloped South Shore of Nassau/Western Suffolk County, Long Island, New York!

fishing
Thursday, July 19, 2012

i live close to it and i also fish here. i have walked alot of it and is very pretty and beautiful. there is a trail for really biking and walking and if i wanted to there is also a bridal path for horses and as far as i have heard you can go horse back riding here too. i come here to primarily fish but i see a ton of people spending the day with the family. alsoyou can bring ur dog with u because its a very family organized park and dogs are welcome too. its not a hilly park its primarily flat and its for all ages from baby to elderly. there is something for everyone. there is a tennis court basket ball court merry go round and many more. If you want to know more look this park up. i HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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