Hempstead Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway West Hempstead, NY 516-766-1029

Try horseback riding at Hempstead Lake State Park.

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Type: Biking trail, Horse facility, Hiking, State park Price:

$8 per car daily May 27-Sept. 4, weekends and holidays Apr. 1-May 21 and Sept. 9-Oct. 9. Buses by permit only. Fee may apply.

Special features: Dog runs/walks Description:

Facilities: Softball field, basketball courts, playgrounds, hiking trails, bridle paths (9 miles), nearby stables with rentals (New York Equestrian Center 516-486-9673), freshwater fishing (license required), picnic areas, tennis courts (fee collected Apr. 15-Nov. 7); main lake, car top-boat access (permit required, $50); antique carousel (weekends and holidays, $2); outdoor pavilion available (reservations required). Dogs allowed in area south of Field 3 adjacent to Schodack. South and McDonald ponds. Dogs must be leashed at all times, not allowed in picnic areas. Events: July 17: Summer Run. Aug. 5: Summer Family Fishing Clinic. Oct. 21: Fall Family Fishing and Children's Festival.


Daily: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.


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