Massapequa Preserve is a quiet, undisturbed land with a lake, ponds, and creeks in the midst of a populated town. Walk or bike on a trail in a wooded area thriving with wildlife, that runs for several miles in a 432 acre nature preserve. Just steps away from the train! Walk into this peaceful retreat and spend a day amidst wild flowers and swans. Fish in the pond, or come by for a morning jog.
The main trail is paved and is perfect for biking, scootering, or skateboarding. There are lots of joggers and walkers. Most bikers are very considerate, letting pedestrians know when they approach.
Massapequa Lake, located in the Massapequa Preserve, is a popular fishing spot, as it thrives with trout, carp, catfish, largemouth bass, and other species.
Children and adults alike can admire the variety of animals such as swans, ducks, geese, rabbits, and more… Watch out for mosquitos after the dusk!
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
There are benches in several spots along the trail where you can rest and take in the calm atmosphere, or even bring along your laptop for a work day outside. Around the lake there are several benches as well, where you can eat and enjoy the views.
There are no food stands, so make sure you bring water and snacks. The restrooms are a good distance away into the park.
How to get to Massapequa Preserve:
By public transportation:
From NYC: take Long Island Rail Road to Massapequa station if you want to get off right by the entrance to the Preserve, or to Massapequa Park station if you want to stop by shops and buy food or water, then walk a few blocks West. Walk through the playground – there will be a gate to enter the Preserve.
From Long Island: You will need to take Babylon branch to Massapequa station if you want to get off right by the entrance to the Preserve, or to Massapequa Park if you want to stop by shops and buy food or water, then walk a few blocks West. Walk through the playground – there will be a gate to enter the Preserve.
For those driving there is a small parking lot right by the entrance to the Preserve in Massapequa, but you can also find parking on the side streets.
Yours, Natasha Pea.