Accessible hiking trail, Long Island’s second, to open in Kings Park

New York State crews are building a new accessible hiking trail in Kings Park that officials said will accommodate wheelchairs, scooters and strollers, and help deter damaging all-terrain vehicles or people dumping trash.

The trail, to open in mid-August, begins off Meadow Road, south of the Long Island Rail Road tracks and west of Lawrence Road on state land known as the Kings Park Natural Resource Area. It stretches a quarter-mile south and connects to other footpaths.

Made of crushed stone and sand, the trail drops 1 foot in elevation for every 20 feet in length, an easy gradient for wheelchairs, scooters and strollers, workers at the site said.

The Kings Park trail is the second accessible state trail on Long Island, DEC officials said. It joins the Randall Pond trail in Ridge, which opened in 2012.

In addition to providing accessibility, officials said they hope the Kings Park trail will lessen illegal ATV use and dumping, which Fonda said has been an issue for regional forest rangers who have “issued several summons” in the past year.

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