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Valley Stream State Park

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Valley Stream State Park Rd.
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Latitude 40.678165
Longitude -73.699913

Valley Stream State Park is a day-use picnic facility next to a highly-developed residential area. The park offers picnic areas with tables, fireplaces and grills; children's play areas; horseshoe, volleyball, basketball, ball fields, nature trails, and cross-country ski trails. The Squirrel Nut and Hickory Nut nature trails give children the opportunity to explore the various habitats within the park. The park has a walking course, a half-mile loop with 15 stations, at which walkers can complete a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises. It is a unique outdoor exercise adventure with a focus on cardiovascular fitness, vitality and longevity for all ages.

Find more about park permit information

Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and view photos of Valley Stream's pavilion.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 670Valley Stream, NY 11580

Hours of Operation

  • Cross Country Skiing: Available during the winter season.
  • Open year round, 7 am - sunset. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Picnicking: Available all year.
    Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
    Special Group picnic permit required for Pavilion rental.
  • Volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, softball, hiking, bicycling, fitness trail and children play areas: Available all year.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
  • Picnicking
  • Permit required for groups of 50 or more. No fee for permit.
    Special Group Picnic permit required for Pavilion rental.
    Weekends/Holidays: $250
    Weekdays: $200
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Fees Collected:

    4/6 - 5/19: Sat/Sun & Holidays, 8am - 4pm
    5/25 - 9/2: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Sat/Sun & Holidays; 7am - 6pm
    9/7 - 10/14: Sat/Sun & Holidays, 8am - 4pm
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Valley Stream State Park
(516) 825-4128

Start time: 10am
End time: 12pm

Meeting Location: Behind Park Office. Parking Instructions: Volunteers should park in Field 1. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Trail maintenance and cleanup. Park wide cleanup. Planting flowers and flower bed maintenance. Please bring: Garden gloves, water, snack

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 516-825-4128 Email:

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • X-Country Skiing