Summary: The Bethpage Bikeway generally follows the Parkway from the Massapequa Preserve in the South to Bethpage State Park in the North. Only about a third of its length borders the highway itself, the rest is tucked in an island of wild on a sea of urban sprawl. The trail itself is an even paved surface for the entire length.
Massapequa County Preserve has plenty of lake, stream and marshy environs.
Three miles of side roads will connect you the the Jones Beach Bikeway to the South (15 miles total). I have heard of plans to extend the path another 8 miles further North making a collection of trails that cut the width of Long Island.
Trailhead: There are several places along the length of the trail to access, most notibly in the North, take the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway to the Bethpage State Park exi. There is a parking fee at this lot, however.
There are also fees at the Southern lot off the Sunrise Highway. However, I was able to find "free" parking along the Sunrise Highway itself. You take your chances there, I suppose. (Lat:40.67685 Lon:-74.46357)
Trail Guides for Bethpage Bikeway:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Nassau County Park Rangers 516-572-0300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by mark on 3/29/2007
This is a great place to bike on long island - I prefer starting in bethpage state park and going to the massapequa preserve.
Reviewed by Bob on 8/20/2004
I grew up nearby. When I return to visit my family, I enjoy running up to Bethpage State Park or down to Sunrise Highway. Now living in Arizona, the vegetation and the green are a welcome sight as I run. I'm surprised at the number of people of all ages that are out on the pathway in all types of weather. Great amenity for this area.
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