I usually combine a run/walk through Valley Stream State Park with a loop around the town of Valley Stream's Hendrickson Park crossing into Valley Stream State Park at Hendrickson Ave. I really like to get off the paved path and run along the the trails by the stream all the way up to the Southern State and then I loop around the ballfield and back down the dirt road to cross over to the west side of the park and back out to Hendrickson. Its a nice small park but I really wish they'd maintain the trails by the stream when the thorn bushes overgrow it. I've come out of my run bleeding quite often. Its always seemed safe to me and when I go there are rarely many people around. There are some areas off the trail that you can see are used as drinking spots likely by the neighborhood kids but I've never had any trouble there. Its a very nice little oasis of nature in an otherwise densely populated suburban world.