There is some scenic running in the affluent hamlet of Port Washington (well served by train) and the neighboring village of Sands Point, which is located at the tip Long Island’s north shore.
Sands Point Preserve and Neighborhood. The Sands Point Preserve is the former Guggenheim estate, made famous by the Great Gatsby and now a 216-acre park. Runners only need to pay $4 (compared to $15 for cars) to enjoy the scenic trails on lawns and beautifully landscaped grounds. There are three marked trails, adding up to ~3 miles. Note: limited opening hours.
Add on to Sands Point preserve with some of the neighboring country lanes off Middle Neck Rd. (note: Middle Neck has no sidewalk/shoulder — use caution!). We recommend Hoffstot Ln. toward East Creek and Lighthouse Rd. to the Vanderbilt Beacon.
Port Washington Center: There are attractive residential streets between the train station/Port Washington Blvd. and thr Harbor Links Golf Course. West of the train station, use Murray Ave. to run west toward Manhasset Bay. Run along the water on Main St./Plandome Rd. Can also head south on Plandome Rd. to enjoy running in the Plandome/Manhasset Neighborhood (below).
Plandome/Manhasset Neighborhood. These neighborhoods located west of Port Washington Blvd. and north of Northern Blvd. are lovely for running, with windy, tree-lined streets featuring attractive homes and relatively little traffic. It’s classic residential neighborhood running.