Hempstead Lake State Park, Hempstead

#17 of 25 in Nature in Long Island
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Hempstead Lake State Park is a 737-acre (2.98 km2) state park located in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The park is located in West Hempstead and is one of three state parks within the Town of Hempstead. There is a quick-access entrance at exit 18 from the Southern State Parkway. The park contains the largest freshwater lake in Nassau County.

The park offers picnic tables with pavilions, tennis courts, a playground, playing fields, recreation programs, hiking, biking, a bridle path, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and a boat launch. The park contains three ponds for fishing that are stocked with several varieties of fish. Wooded picnic areas provide shade.

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  • Great park. Trails are nice and a great place to get some peace from the hustle and bustle. Carousel is a must if it’s open.  more »
  • Well kept park. Large, lots of room to spread out. Decent bathrooms. I have to go back because I didn't explore all. But some in our group was playing tennis and basketball, and soccer. Saw a carousel and signs to horse back riding. Not sure if that's a part of the park though. Like I said, I have to go back to explore further. Love the barbecue grills, I'm thinking of building one in my back yard. It would double nicely as a firepit because it's nice and low. It was a really good day!
  • It was absolutely beautiful, the weather was wonderful, low humidity, the right amount of sunshine. We had a Congregation picnic, everyone had a wonderful time. The accommodations at the park were clean, the park is fairly maintained. Reasonably priced for the entrance fee.

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