List of trails on Long Island

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Trails on Long Island include more than 200 miles (320 km) of paved and unimproved trails for mountain bikers and road cyclists. The New York Times has reported that "for bikers the lure of Long Island is unsurpassed."[1]

One Long Island-based bicycle club, Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists, also known as CLIMB, built a legal mountain bike trail network in New York City in QueensCunningham Park.[2] In 2007 the New York State Department of Transportation completed Long Island's first long-distance signed bike route from Cold Spring Harbor to the Orient Point ferry terminal.[3]

Trails on Long Island in alphabetical order[4]
Name Notes
Bethpage Multiuse Path Nine and one-half miles from Bethpage State Park, through Massapequa Preserve to Merrick Road, along the length of the Bethpage State Parkway.
Bethpage Mountain Bike Trail Four miles from Bethpage State Park gatehouse, white triangles mark the off-road, marked loop trail.
Cathedral Pines County Park Six mile single track mountain bike trail (9 miles (14 km) including the advanced black diamond designated sections). Maintained by CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). A Suffolk County Green Key card is required and there is a parking fee on weekends during the summer.
Calverton Mountain Bike Trail Beginner to intermediate single track. 8-½ mile loop. 1-½ miles of optional advanced hill climbs. Helmets and eye protection are required. FREE NYS DEC Permit Required
Central Suffolk Bikeway 80 miles (130 km) of marked street route begins at Bethpage State Park and runs along Quaker Meeting House Road, Bethpage Road and Main Street to the Farmingdale (LIRR station). It then follows the railroad line into Riverhead. LIRR bike boarding passes are available for a $5 one-time fee.
Eastport Trail Eight and one half mile off-road trail in Eastport. A free permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is required.[5]
Governor Alfred E. Smith / Sunken Meadow State Park
Heckscher State Park Sixteen miles of trails
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park Four and one half miles. This trail is regarded by some as the best on Long Island.[6]
Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail Follows an old railroad spur from Old Dock Road just east of Church Street to St. Johnland Road.
Long Island Motor Parkway Former motor road
Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Mountain Bike Trail Eight miles of unpaved, off-road National Recreation Trail marked for mountain bikes
Orient Beach State Park
Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail 13-mile (21 km) marked trail through the Natural Resources Management Area in the Pine Barrens.[7] Helmets and eye protection are required. FREE NYS DEC Permit Required
Sears Bellows County Park
Stillwell Woods Mountain Bike Trail Regarded by some as the best off-road trail on Long Island.[8]
Theodore Roosevelt County Park
Trail View State Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scholem, R.J. and Starkey, J. (1997) "A Few Fine Trips for the Two-Wheel Set", New York Times. September 28, 1997.
  2. ^ "Featured Grants: Cunningham Park Trails", Bikes Belong Coalition. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  3. ^ Maloney, J. (2007) "State tries to make LI more bike-friendly," Newsday. March 21, 2007.
  4. ^ "CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIKE MONTH ON LONG ISLAND’S SCENIC TRAILS", Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  5. ^ Eastport Mountain Bike Trail Map. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  6. ^ "Jones Beach Bike Path", Trails.com. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  7. ^ Rocky Point Bike Trails. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  8. ^ "Stillwell Woods Mountain Bike Trail", SingleTracks.com. Retrieved 12/28/07.

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