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

Massapequa Park, New York Map
road biking
2 months ago

Awesome. Second time. Parked at the soccer field on walker st. Rode my bike, instead of walking. Bikes 11miles

road biking
2 months ago

This trail is NOT DOG FRIENDLY. You are only allowed in a small area and once you have to cross the street, you are not allowed to bring your dog.

Wonderful trail for biking, running, walking and even roller blading.

Friendly to all ages and families and dogs.

During the spring, summer and the beginning of fall you can see lots of wildlife. Especially ducks and geese. If you’re lucky you’ll see swans.

Plenty of people fish off the bridges or near the shore of the lake. I’ve even seen people wade in the river when it’s nice.

I do this trail once a week and it rarely disappoints

11 months ago

As an avid road bike rider I was appalled ( we walked approx 8 miles ) of the lack of concern and safety by the bike riders to everyone else. NO concern for safety .

Sunday, June 04, 2017

My favorite trail so far!

road biking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Love this trail

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easy walking trail, dog friendly!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

very easy around the pond

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Very wooded no signs and dead end trails. Beautiful views but lots of traffic noise.

road biking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Great ride! Very scenic and challenging in spots. I consider this my "home trail" and bike it quite often. Mostly ride south from the southern end of Bethpage Bikeway, over the Southern State Parkway bridge, cross Linden Street and head into the Massapequa preserve. Once across Sunrise Hwy., proceed south through the preserve to Merrick Road and across to Alhambra Road and proceed south to Alhambra Beach. Also check out the 'hidden' unpaved and peaceful stretch of bike path between Clark Blvd. and Linden Street on the west side of the creek. Always such an enjoyable ride! Truly one of my favorite trails year round!

road biking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

My first time in this trail and it was amazing. I usually go to jones beach and this trail is 10 times better. Less people, the trail itself is wider and the scenery is beautiful! Definitely will be coming to this trail from now. I started from Massapequa Park on sunrise highway and went up to Plainview is a total of 17-18 miles (both ways). You can even go fishing in the lake in Massapequa.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Awesome except for the few bikers that thought they were in the Tour de France. They almost collided with my son and we were clearly moving out of the way for them. Jerks! Other than that the walk is easy to do with a family or alone. Great views and plenty of cover from the sun.

road biking
Friday, June 10, 2016


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Great a lot of wildlife
Just have to watch for the bicycle riders that zip right by without warning

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I love this place

Thursday, March 10, 2016

This happens to be a great preserve right in the middle of suburbia. pros: a good 4..5 miles of paved trail for power walks, lots of wildlife...Osprey, fox, snapping turtles, weasel, owls, hawks, garter snakes, swan, geese, etc.
cons: to many "owners" who run amuck with dogs off leash and cyclists who "own" the trails.
other than that, it's a great place to exercise or rehab in my case!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This is a really great trail. At the right time it can be both colorful and tranquil. I used to bike ride through here a few years ago and I had forgotten how beautiful it is particularly at this time of year with the leaves changing colors.

The trail on the web site is about a 2.5 mile loop. However, as pointed out by another reviewer you can make this a longer hike. If you go down to Sunrise Highway it is abut a four mile loop. If you continue down to Merrick Road you can rest at Massapequa lake, have some lunch and head back. it is about a 5.6 mile loop.

As you go through the preserve there are a few off shoot trails you can take to explore the preserve. This is a level flat trail and east to follow.

If you go early in the morning it won't be too crowded.

In excellent condition. Recently completed with small parking area at north end. Can be crowded on weekends, especially with walkers.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I grew up right down the road from one of the entrances to this trail. In my young days we called the Preserve where all the trails intersect, the Woods- a generic name for the local connection to a woodland. Today the woods is officially a preserve, which is great, as it will assure that in the midst of suburban sprawl, there will always be this lovely trail area. The preserve description says it is a "2 mile trail" but that is not true. If you were to enter the trail near the Bethpage State Park and hike down to Merrick Road, you would cover much more than a couple of miles. The trails are all blacktop because it used very frequently by bicycle riders. In nice weather, bike riders monopolize the trails. Forget a leisurely nature hike, these woods are overflowing with bike riders who zip through the trees as if they were in the middle of Central Park. Sometimes whole families warn you that they are coming on your left or your right so that most of the hike is spent in dodging bicycles. When I was a kid, we rode bikes there on dirt roads but usually had a destination like the fishing hole. Today few kids fish, mostly they ride bikes up and down the trail , the faster the better and that is not taking into account those "professional" type cyclists who wear lots of spandex and space age helmets. If you do get the chance to walk the trails in relative peace, there are some lovely views along the way. Much of the trail follows a river that used to have one or two quaint bridges going across, but the bridges are gone. The river ends in Caroon's Lake and probably goes underground to the Great South Bay which is not far from the end of the trail. Lilies and wild roses , rhododendrons, and bluebells dot the pathways and you may see chipmunks and bull frogs too. Cardinals and blue jays, mockingbirds and woodpeckers hop from tree to tree and if you get the chance to simply sit and watch them , you will not have wasted a summer afternoon. The Preserve offers a colorful journey during the Fall when the leaves on the many oaks and maples are truly breathtaking, so take a camera. The trail is popular and unless you find your way there in the early morning , you will be sharing the road with lots of fellow suburbanites, but park on the side streets, take a packed lunch and enjoy the fact that this piece of the south shore at least does not harbor another CVS.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 28, 2013

Great trail! This is the route Ill usually take.

Start from Brady Park in massapequa, take it alll the way north, along bethpage parkway to the park.
They recently made a paved bike path that leads along the entirety of the trail from Bethpage park. So when in the park, rather then go down the hill to the picnic area, go straight, next to the polo field, and take that paved trail to its end at Haypath Rd.

If tou want to mountain bike through there, beware! Theres tons of mountain bike trails throughout Bethpage park, so it could send you in the wrong direction. If youre lookng to stay along this trail, just keep parallel to the 135. Or, head into the north most part of the picnic area, to the right of the "Eagle" gazebo. The north most tail of the part, marked by a small wooden post is where you want to go. Takes you down a bumpy dirt hill with a couple turns. When it forks at the bottom, turn right into a big open crossroads section. Head to the right, the trail opposite the sign about keeping your dog on a leash. Stay on this trail until it forks again. Merge to the left trail, this will then join you with the paved bike trail that leads to the Haypath Rd checkpoint. Make a left on it.

Across the street will be the entrances to the rest of the trail The mountain bike trail is marked by a small post, and you cant miss the paved trail. Theyre both pretty stright forward. Even if the mountain bike trail twists and turns, stick with it, it will always take you in the right direction. Exit at Old Bethpage Rd.

Again, this stretch is pretty basic. Road path is impossible to miss, dirt trail marked by wooden post. Take this to Old Country Rd.

Cross at the light and make a left to hit the paved path. Or go straight, directly past the light pole to get to the mountain bike path. Theres also a trail to the right of that, before the paved trail, that is for walking. Its not great to ride on, so make sure to hit the bike trail. Things become a little more intense as you head north.

These trails will spit you out at Washington ave. Cross the street, make a right and stay on the sidewalk. Under the LIE. The trails will be on the left. Paved road that leads along the LIE service rd. West. And the mountain bike path that goes along the fence and into the woods. At this point, theres nothing casual about the mountain bike trail, huge hills, steep drops. The paths lead to Sunnyside Blvd.

to be continued

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