This is our favorite time of year to go for a bike ride. The weather is more bearable, the scenery picturesque and exercises do the body good (especially true in times of transition). Here’s a list of short bike rides in Long Island. This list focuses on bikeways or bike paths.
- Bethpage State Park-Massapequa Preserve Bike Path: Mostly flat, this bike path has a few hilly sections, all paved, it’s a bit sandy in some places, and is 8 Miles total. The North end bike path starts at Bethpage State Park picnic area, exit 31 from the Southern State Pkwy north on Bethpage State Pkwy. The South end bike path begins at Lakeshore Drive. on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. Although alongside a busy highway, this bike path offers a serene backdrop for a quiet and scenic bike ride.
- Eisenhower Park: The bike path here is flat, paved with very few bumps and cracks, and is 5 miles total. Easy riding will take riders to all aspects of Eisenhower Park, from the baseball fields to the Theater. This park is one of the most recommended places for biking in Nassau County and it’s traffic free! To find it, go to Exit 4 on Meadowbrook State Parkway, follow signs to the park entrance Stewart Avenue (east) to the park’s entrance on Merrick Avenue.
- Jones Beach Bike Path: This path is flat and paved and is 7 Miles total — a five mile path plus an additional two mile boardwalk. The bike path starts at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, a 1/2 mile east of Wantagh State Parkway on Merrick Road. It boasts oceanfront views, eateries, the famed beachtower as well as plenty of opportunities for people watching along the bay.
- Belmont Lake State Park: Flat, paved, with some short sandy parts, this path is 3 Miles total. Beautiful, serene, and family friendly, this loop encircles the former estate of August Belmont, but now is the headquarters of the Long Island State Park Commission. The ride includes taking in the views of the lovely Belmont Lake. Found at Exit 38 on the Southern State Parkway.
- Sunken Meadow State Park: Flat in park area and uphill along the parkway, this is a 2 miles bikepath and one mile boardwalk, all paved. Travel north on the Sunken Meadow State Parkway, or the northern end of the Sagtikos Parkway to the park’s entrance. It’s a bit of a challenging ride, through scenic wooded areas and offers the picturesque Long Island Sound as well as a ride along the parkway.
- Wildwood State Park: Hilly, half paved and half unpaved, this path is 12 miles total. Wildwood State Park is located in Wading River. Take the Long Island Expressway, exit 68 N to 25A, then east to Hulse Landing Road. Park entrance is 1 mile north. This is a wooded park located in high bluffs overlooking the Long Island Sound.
By Michelle S.