Long Island, NY

Oakdale: Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Wikimedia Commons: Terry Ballard

Situated between at the mid-way point of Long Island between the Sunrise Highway (Rt. 27) and the Long Island Expressway, Connetquot River State Park Preserve is a lovely spot for some trail running. The 3,400 acre preserve features 50+ miles of trails, with something for runners of all abilities. There are gentler ‘equestrian’ trails and others that are more for hiking/trail running. This TRAIL MAP is very helpful.

There are five color-coded trails. The most ambitious is the 8-mile Blue Trail loop. A good option for runners is the 4-mile section of the Long Island Greenbelt trail that runs north-south through the park.


  • Numerous trail options
  • Some hills
  • Most trails start from parking lot
  • Sunrise Highway Exit 46. Parking lot at south end of park off Sunrise Highway. The Oakdale train station is 2 miles away