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The nicely paved Bethpage Bikeway runs alongside suburban roads for long segments of the route, but it’s much more than a suburban trail. Each on-road suburban stretch is broken up by one of three beautiful parks in the Long Island region: Trail View State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Massapequa Preserve.
Beginning at the northern terminus on Woodbury Road, the asphalt path follows the highly trafficked Sunnyside Boulevard Extension for the first mile, passing a corporate office park on the left before curving sharply right to remain on Sunnyside Boulevard. The shared-use path then crosses over Northern State Parkway and down a short, steep hill. After crossing Sunnyside Boulevard at a traffic signal on Fairchild Avenue, the path turns left onto the Long Island Expressway North Service Road. The path parallels this service road 0.7 mile over a series of undulating hills.
The path turns right at Washington Avenue and crosses under the Long Island Expressway. To the right in 0.2 mile is a parking area for the trail. From here, the trail crosses Washington Avenue and parallels East Bethpage Road, opposite an industrial park. In 0.8 mile, the path crosses Old Country Road and enters the southern section of Trail View State Park. Hiking and mountain biking trails run along the bike path, and the trail experience is much greener as it follows the edge of the park, crossing over a few well-marked neighborhood roads, such as Old Bethpage and Haypath Roads.
In 1.4 miles, the path enters Bethpage State Park at Haypath Road. The path skirts the park for 0.5 mile before entering a lovely wooded section of the route. In this section, which runs roughly 2 miles, you’ll share the trail with riders, walkers, and runners. Both Trail View State Park and Bethpage State Park feature cross-country skiing trails. A side path from the picnic area in the center of the park leads to restrooms and water fountains. The path travels next to a golf course before popping out on the other side of the park. Here, you will cross the moderately trafficked Plainview Road, where flashing lights alert drivers to the bike crossing.
After crossing Plainview Road, the path follows the right-of-way of Bethpage State Parkway for 2.5 miles. This on-road segment feels similar to the beginning of the route, traveling alongside traffic until it crosses over Southern State Parkway and enters Massapequa Preserve. Arguably the nicest segment of the bikeway, the shaded, well-paved preserve is dotted with lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and marshland. This well-maintained section of the trail offers the best opportunity to escape into nature.
After rounding Massapequa Reservoir, the path crosses Sunrise Highway and turns right to complete the final mile through the preserve. Shoreline fishing is popular at the reservoir, though Nassau County has seasonal restrictions in place for black bass and other fish. The trail’s southern terminus is at Massapequa Lake, where Ocean Avenue meets Merrick Road. If you’re interested in continuing your journey down to Jones Beach, the northern endpoint of the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway is only 2.1 miles west of Massapequa Lake.
To reach parking near the northern entrance to Trail View State Park from I-495 E/Long Island Expy., take Exit 46 for Sunnyside Blvd. toward Plainview. In 0.3 mile, keep right, following signs for Sunnyside Blvd. In 0.2 mile, continue onto Executive Dr./S. Service Road; then follow the directions below. From I-495 W, take Exit 46, and merge onto N. Service Road. Go 0.2 mile, turn left onto Sunnyside Blvd., and immediately turn left onto Executive Dr./S. Service Road. Go 0.8 mile, following signs for Washington Ave. Turn right onto S. Service Road, go 500 feet, then turn left onto Washington Ave. In about 0.1 mile, take a right at the first traffic light onto Executive Dr. Trailhead parking can be found at the first entrance on your right.
To reach parking near the southern entrance to Trail View State Park from I-495/Long Island Expy., take Exit 48 toward Round Swamp Road/Old Bethpage. In 0.2 mile, merge onto Service Road and go 0.1 mile. At the first traffic light, head south onto Old Country Road. In 0.5 mile, turn right onto E. Bethpage Road, and take the first left for trailhead parking. The path continues north and south from this parking lot.
To reach parking at Bethpage State Park from I-495/Long Island Expy., take Exit 44, and merge onto NY 135 S toward Seaford. Travel south 4.3 miles to Exit 8 for Powell Ave. toward Bethpage. In 0.2 mile, turn left onto Powell Ave./Plainview Road. The second entrance on your left leads to Bethpage State Park (note that there is a parking fee). Travel up the park entrance road to a parking fee booth to access the path and park facilities.
To access the bikeway using light rail, take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Babylon Branch to the Massapequa train station, which is 0.3 mile west of the trail’s southern terminus. Visit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website for more information.
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