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These nature trails on Long Island have been approved as wheelchair accessible by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit working to create a nationwide network of trails from former railroad lines.
"Rail-trails” are flat or follow a gentle grade and are paved with asphalt or crushed stone, making them ideal for walking, bicycling, and wheelchair use.
Bethpage BikewayTrail View State Park at Woodbury Road in Woodbury to Merrick Road in MassapequaThis 12.5-mile paved bikeway includes a few moderately busy street crossings, but all are clearly marked and safe for families and kids. Parking is available at the Bethpage State Park picnic grounds (parking fees may apply) or in the large parking lot at the Long Island Railroad station, which offers direct access to trail (no fees).
Jones Beach BikewayCedar Creek Park (south of Merrick Road) in Seaford to Jones Beach State Park in WantaghAlso known as the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway, this 4.5-mile bikeway parallels Wantagh Parkway. To access the trail: Take Wantagh Parkway to Merrick Road. Follow Merrick Road east for just less than half a mile and the park entrance will be on the right. Park in the first lot on the right and you will see the trail opening across the field. Note: This trail and Jones Beach Park were closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy; check nysparks.com for updates.
Kings Park Hike & Bike TrailOld Dock Road (just east of Church Street) to Nissequogue River State Park (Kings Park) in SmithtownYou can access this 1.5-mile paved trail from Old Dock Road (at the baseball diamonds on the west end). The trailhead is located within two blocks of the Kings Park Long Island Railroad station.
125 E. Bethpage Road, Suite 5
Plainview, NY 11803
750 Hicksville Road
Seaford, NY 11783
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Huntington, NY 11743
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