For walking, jogging, biking: Happy trails to you
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It’s a calm and peaceful, almost surreal area. The trees muffle outside sounds, and it has an almost cocoon-like, cathartic feel when you’re walking through it. There are exercise stations every few yards where children and adults can walk on a balance beam, do a few pushups or challenge themselves to swing across the jungle gym.
Even though we met a few bicyclists, dog walkers, serious runners and families pushing baby carriages, I think the Greis Park Trail is a hidden gem and underutilized. Want to get to a game or an event at Greis Park? Enter at the other end of the trail and make it part of your walk — and visit the beautiful community gardens while you’re there. Don’t want to fight the morning rush-hour traffic, or for a spot at the train station? Park on the other side of the park and walk the trail to the Lynbrook LIRR in the morning and back at night. It’s great exercise, and a good way to de-stress and get a little fresh air.
Where to walk?
Valley Stream State Park
Norman J. Levy Overlook Park and Preserve