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Long Island, NY

The Best Places to Run in Long Island's Major Hamlets, Towns, & Villages. See Also Our Separate Guide to The Hamptons

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With a population of more than 8 million, Long Island is a combination bedroom community for New York City and, to its east, the famed Hamptons beach and resort area. The island stretches for 118 miles from just west of Queens, east to Montauk, and for 23 miles north-south from Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Our guide to running on Long Island captures a cross-section of variety and the most scenic spots, including some great beaches, multi-use trails, numerous state parks, and some bucolic residential neighborhoods. The Overview Map shows our recommended running spots organized from west to east. See also our separate running guide for the Hamptons.

Some of the best places to run on Long Island, organized by theme (not including the Hamptons):

Beaches & Boardwalks: Jones Beach, Long Beach
Paved Multi-Use Trails: Bethpage Bikeway, Ocean Parkway, Jones Beach Bikeway, Kings Park Bike & Hike Trail
Gentle Trail Running: Massapequa Preserve, Heckscher State Park, Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Blydenburgh Park, Hempstead Lake State Park.
Large Parks With Fitness Facilities & Jogging Paths: Eisenhower Park, Sunken Meadow State Park.
Best Residential Neighborhoods for Running: Roslyn, Manhasset/Plandome, Smithtown, Sands Point, Greenport.

Long Island is well-served by train from New York City, with the rail lines cutting down the middle of the island and a couple of spurs. Once on Long Island, there is some bus service, but a car is generally needed.

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Hempstead Lake State Park

Long Island, NY

Hempstead Lake State Park is a great spot for running, with scenic trails around the namesake lake and three ponds. Trail runners will enjoy the 3-mile Bridle Path around the lake. There's also a paved, 2.4-mile bike path.
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Jones Beach and Long Beach

Long Island, NY

Wonderful beach and boardwalk running. At Long Beach, a festive boardwalk runs for 2.2 miles along the beacg. At Jones Beach, there's ~5 miles of running, including the Jones Boardwalk and two longer multi-use paths. Beach also runnable.
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Oyster Bay & Sagamore Hill

Long Island, NY

Oyster Bay is one of the prettiest spots on Long Island. For a lovely waterfront run, use W Shore Rd. to West Harbor Beach Memorial Park. Great views and a decent sidewalk. We also love running on Cove Neck Rd. to the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.
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There are several excellent running stores on Long Island.

Smithtown Running Company. Group runs.

Sayville Running Company. Group runs.

Runners Edge. Located in Farmingdale

Schwab’s 2nd Wind. In Setauket- East Setauket

Super Runner’s Shop. In Huntington.