The Bethpage Bikeway is one of Long Island's most popular trails. It connects Merrick Road in Massapequa with Bethpage State Park, and includes additional trail north to Trail View State Park in Woodbury. There are a few parkway exit crossings and a few moderately busy street crossings but safe for families with kids. All crossings are clearly marked, and drivers are generally courteous and alert.
A major road crossing at Sunrise Highway, near the trail's southern end, has a stop light and crossing lane for safety.
Parking and Trail Access
Take Route 135 to the Bethpage State Park exit and enter where you see signs for the picnic grounds. Note that there's a parking fee during the season. Ask anyone in the parking lot at Bethpage Park where the paved trail begins.
There is also a large parking lot at the Long Island Railroad station with direct access to trail. No fees.
Not actually a rail-to-trail... but still fun for bikes
This trail was definitely not converted from tracks, and you can tell by the steep grade and quick turns. The asphalt has long portions that would be practically impossible for wheelchairs or inline skates (mostly the areas within Bethpage state park). ...
The surface of this trail could be better maintained. There are some cracks and debris that make in-line skating somewhat difficult.
Nice Trail with Many Access Points
"I visited this trail during “off season” and was able to park my car at Bethpage State Park’s expansive picnic area lot without having to pay a fee. If you want to visit this trail “in season” without incurring a parking fee, you may park on Sunrise ...