Where to walk?
Hempstead Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 18, West Hempstead
Phone: (516) 766-1029
Trails for horseback riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand-carved wooden carousel.
Valley Stream State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 15, Valley Stream
Phone: (516) 825-4128
Nature and cross-country ski trails. The Squirrel Nut and Hickory Nut nature trails give children the opportunity to explore the various habitats within the park. The park has a walking course, a half-mile loop with 15 stations where walkers can complete a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises.
Norman J. Levy Overlook Park and Preserve
1600 Merrick Road, Merrick
Phone: (516) 804-2000
This verdant park, once a landfill, has been transformed into an environmental treasure. Several miles of trails and a 500-foot-long fishing pier offer good bird watching. The park provides a jitney to transport physically challenged and elderly visitors upon request.