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Where to go cross-country skiing on Long Island

Phyllis Powers, right, of East Northport skis with

Phyllis Powers, right, of East Northport skis with friends from the Long Island Cross Country Ski Club at Bethpage State Park. Credit: Daniel Brennan

 

Cross-country skiers don’t have to go across the country for a trek over the snow. Here’s a list of wilderness trails — all weather permitting — close to home.

NASSAU

BETHPAGE STATE PARK, 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd., Farmingdale, 516-249-0700, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country and snowshoeing permitted on the Blue and Yellow golf courses. No equipment rentals.

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY PARK, Searingtown Road, Roslyn-North Hills, nassaucountyny.gov, 516-571-8113. Cross-country ski trails.

GARVIES POINT MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, garviespointmuseum.com, 516-571-8010. Cross-country skiing, weather permitting.

HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK, Southern State Parkway Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue), West Hempstead, 516-766-1029, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted during normal park hours. No equipment rentals.

MUTTONTOWN PRESERVE, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, 516-571-8500, nassaucountyny.gov. Cross-country skiing. Maps available in building at preserve entrance.

NORTH WOODMERE PARK, 750 Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere, nassaucountyny.gov, 516-571-7801. Cross-country skiing.

TACKAPAUSHA MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, Washington Avenue, (north of Merrick Road), Seaford, 516-571-7443, nassaucountyny.gov. Cross-country skiing.

TRAIL VIEW STATE PARK, Jericho Turnpike (Route 25), ¾-mile west of Woodbury Road, Woodbury, 631-423-1770, parks.ny.gov. Only the southern section is open to winter activities. Cross-country skiing permitted as long as there is at least 3 inches of snow. Skiers and snowshoers must stay within their own tracks and not cross into the others. Weather conditions may temporarily close parking lots and roads until cleared. No snowmobiles or pets permitted. No equipment rentals.

VALLEY STREAM STATE PARK, Exit 15A, Southern State Parkway, Valley Stream, 516-825-4128, parks.ny.gov. In the winter, cross-country skiing permitted during normal park hours. No equipment rentals.

WANTAGH PARK, Wantagh, 1 King Road, just south of Merrick Road, 516-571-7460.  Cross-country skiing.

SUFFOLK

BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM STATE PARK, 440 Montauk Highway Great River, 631-581-1002, parks.ny.com. Snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open. Weather permitting. No equipment rentals.

BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, 631-667-5055, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours. Weather permitting. No equipment rentals.

BERGEN POINT GOLF CLUB, 69 Bergen Ave., West Babylon, suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-661-8282. Cross-country skiing permitted along the perimeters of the golf course.

BLYDENBURGH COUNTY PARK, Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, 631-854-3713, suffolkcountyny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted during park hours.

BROOKHAVEN STATE PARK, 2500 William Floyd Pkwy, Ridge, parks.ny.gov, 631-929-4314. Hours 8:30 a.m.-3:30p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Entrance gate is on the northbound side of William Floyd across from Whiskey Road. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours when the park is open. No equipment rentals.

CALEB SMITH STATE PARK PRESERVE, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, 631-265-1054, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on trails during normal park hours; weather and conditions permitting. No sledding or equipment rentals.

CAMP HERO STATE PARK, 1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk. 631-668-3781, parks.ny.com. Cross Country Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on trails when conditions allow during normal park hours. No rentals available.

CATHEDRAL PINES COUNTY PARK, Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island, 631-852-5502, suffolkcountyny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted during park hours.

CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK PRESERVE, 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck, 631-423-1770, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted as long as there is at least 3 inches of snow. Skiers and snowshoers must stay within their own tracks and not cross into the others. Weather conditions may temporarily close parking lots and roads until cleared. No sledding, snowmobiles or pets permitted. No equipment rentals.

CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK, Stephen Hands Path, East Hampton, suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-852-7620. Cross-country ski trails.

COLD SPRING HARBOR STATE PARK, Route 25A, across from the harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted as long as there is at least 3 inches of snow. Skiers and snowshoers must stay in their own tracks and not cross into others. Weather conditions may temporarily close parking lots and roads until cleared, at which time activities can resume. No snowmobiles or pets permitted. No equipment rentals.

CONNETQUOT RIVER STATE PARK PRESERVE, Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, 631-581-1005. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open. Weather permitting. No sledding or equipment rentals.

GARDINER COUNTY PARK, Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore, 631-854-4949, theislips.com. Cross-country skiing.

HALLOCK STATE PARK PRESERVE, 6062 Sound Avenue, Jamesport, 631-315-5475, parks.ny.com. Winter Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open. Remain on trails and avoid posted environmentally sensitive areas. Weather permitting. No sledding, snowmobiles or equipment rentals.

HECKSCHER STATE PARK, south end of Heckscher Parkway, East Islip, 631-581-2100, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country skiing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open; no equipment rentals.

HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK, Exit 18 (Eagle Ave) Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead, 516-766-1029, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding permitted during normal park hours as long as there is at least 3 inches of snow. No equipment rentals.

INDIAN ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB, 661 Riverside Dr., Riverhead, indianislandcountryclub.com, 631-727-7776. Cross-country skiing permitted along the perimeter of the golf course.

INDIAN ISLAND COUNTY PARK, Riverhead, 631-852-3232, suffolkcountyny.gov. Cross-country skiing.

JONES BEACH STATE PARK, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, 516-785-1600, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours; weather and conditions permitting. No equipment rentals.

MONTAUK COUNTY PARK, Route 27, Montauk, suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-852-7878. Cross-country skiing trails.

NISSEQUOGUE RIVER STATE PARK, 799 Saint Johnland Rd., Kings Park, 631-269-4927, parks.ny.gov. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open. No snowmobiles allowed and no equipment rentals available.

ORIENT BEACH STATE PARK, 40,000 Main Rd., Orient, 631-323-2440, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days the park is open. Avoid posted environmentally sensitive areas. No sledding or equipment rentals.

ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK, 600 Robert Moses State Parkway, Babylon, 631-669-0449, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours. No equipment rentals.

SOUTHAVEN COUNTY PARK, Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-854-1414. Cross-country skiing permitted during park hours.

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK, north end of Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, 631-269-4333, parks.ny.com. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing permitted during normal park hours on days park is open. No sledding or equipment rentals.

TIMBER POINT GOLF COURSE, 150 River Rd., Great River, timberpointgolfcourse.com, 631-581-2401. Cross-country skiing permitted along the perimeter of the golf course.

WEST SAYVILLE GOLF COURSE, Montauk Highway, West Sayville, 631-567-1704. Cross-country skiing is permitted along the perimeter of the golf course.

WILDWOOD STATE PARK, 790 Hulse Landing Rd., north of Sound Avenue, Wading River, parks.ny.gov, 631-929-4314. Cross-country skiing permitted during normal park hours. No equipment rentals.

 

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