Kenneth C. Zirkel
Many students at BHS love riding bikes. You may see them riding on weekdays and weekends, day and night. But often the streets are not the safest place to ride. So, The Eagle’s Cry will provide its readers with the best places to ride away from crazy drivers and unsafe conditions.
A nice paved trail that runs 8 miles on the side of the Bethpage State Parkway runs through many towns and ends in The Massapequa Preserve. The trail is broken up by three parks on Long Island which are Trail View State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Massapequa Preserve. The trail can be a bit dangerous because there are some crossing to get to the other side where the train bisects the road to continue riding through the scenic trail.
Kings Park bike and hike trail is the old railroad spur leading through the former abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center on the grounds of Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park,NY. This trail runs 1.5 miles between Old Dock Road and Church Street. Kings Park bike and hike trail is part of Smithtown and there are plans to extend it from Old Dock Road all the way to Main Street. Parking and access to the trails are off Old Dock Road at the west end of the Baseball diamond baseball field or park in Nissequogue River State Park by the abandoned psych center and walk to the trails.
Trail View state park is a 400-acre, 7.4-mile park that connects along the Nassau/Suffolk Greenbelt trail that links from Cold Spring Harbor State Park on the north shore of Suffolk County to Bethpage State Park and eventually to the South Shore of Nassau County. New York State took over the land that the park is on today in the 1960s and planned on using it to make a Parkway connecting Caumsett Historical Park to Bethpage State Park and in the summer of 2002 it was dedicated as a state park. Trail View offers many fun opportunities including trails for biking and hiking on the hills and open fields. There are no pets permitted on Trail Views north section.