Best Bike Rides Long Island  by  David Streever

Best Bike Rides Long Island Guide Book

by David Streever (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides Long Island  by  David Streever
This book explores the legends and contradictions in tandem with the roads and recreation of the area. The Hamptons may be for the rich and the famous, but they’re also a vibrant community of farmers, laborers, and restaurant workers, who love their home and persist despite a rising cost of living. The beaches are popular and crowded, but they can also be secluded, solitary, and restorative. The roads can be car-centric and congested, but Long Island is full of hundreds of miles of quiet country roads, bike lanes, off-road greenways, and dedicated bike infrastructure.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides Long Island" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

Babylon: Ancient city-state of Mesopotamia, Rastafarian euphemism for wickedness, and a healthy, thriving Suffolk County town on the South Shore. When Nathaniel Conklin’s influential family moved to Huntington South, into a home next to a tavern, his mother called the area “another Babylon.”
Babylon, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 8.0
The hamlet of Bethpage is home to both the most popular bikeway on Long Island and the best tasting drinking water in the state, according to judges at the 2006 New York State Fair.
Woodbury, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 26.2
North Sea is a quiet community on the Peconic, stretching from Sag Harbor to Southampton Town. The area is notable for its natural beauty, including the bucolic Big Fresh Pond, Wolf Swamp Sanctuary, Scallop Pond, North Sea Harbor, and lovely beachfront on Gardiners Bay. The highlight of this ride is 64-acre Big Fresh Pond and the quiet back roads that tie the park around the pond to the north coast of the hamlet. This ride is short and flat and would be ideal for recreational riders and nature lovers. If planning to hike into the park properties near the ride start, make sure to wear or bring a pair of flat shoes.
North Sea, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 5.7
Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn. It’s bordered by Newtown Creek both north and east, the East River to the west, and Williamsburg to the south. The neighborhood is home to several historical landmarks, primarily churches and apartment buildings, and is prized for having small town charm in the middle of the city. The area has experienced a recent development boom, raising fears that the largely working-class, multi-generational neighborhood, once defined by its Polish-American community, might lose its character and become the next Williamsburg. A similar fate seems to await Coney Island, on the southern end of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30.6
Cathedral Pines County Park is a 320-acre forest park located in the hamlet of Middle Island, at the headwaters of the Carmans River. One of the highlights of this park is the smell: The forest is composed of towering pine trees, many planted in the mid-nineteenth century, and the trails are coated with the fragrant needles.
Middle Island, NY - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.2
Cunningham Park is remarkable, both for the quality of its mountain bike trails and for its location in northwest Queens. This was the first park to gain mountain bike trails in New York City, in 2007, through a partnership between the GreenApple Corps, NYC Parks, and CLIMB, the Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists.
Brooklyn, NY - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
The Town of East Hampton stretches across most of the South Fork, from Sag Harbor, a hamlet it shares with Southampton, to Montauk Point, the eastern tip of Long Island. East Hampton was a remote farming community until the 1950s. It’s now known as a playground for the rich and famous.
East Hampton, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.7
Once an exclusive country club, 930-acre Eisenhower Park is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, even larger than Central Park. Nassau County seized the land during the Depression to cover the taxes owed by the Salisbury Country Club.
Salisbury, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 2.3
Fort Totten was built in 1862 and intended to defend the East River in tandem with Fort Schuyler, an earlier fort built in the Bronx at the mouth of the river and named after Revolutionary War hero Philip Schuyler, father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. This route follows popular greenways in an out-and-back ride, from Little Bay Park into historical Fort Totten, then onto the Cross Island Parkway Trail by way of Joe Michael’s Mile. The route hugs Little Neck Bay and passes Crocheron Park en route to Alley Pond before returning on the same route to the start. The greenways are pancake flat and Fort Totten is very mild.
Fort Totten, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 8.1
This ride explores the mountain bike trails of Hidden Pond Park, a forested area with swampy sections fed by those underground water sources. In addition to being a fantastic mountain bike location, Hauppauge may also be known to cyclists as the corporate headquarters of White Lightning Co., developers of a popular wax-based chain lubricant. The ride takes place in a car-free park. Use caution around hikers and dog walkers.
Hauppauge, NY - Birding,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.0
The small city of Glen Cove, one of only two cities in Nassau County, is bordered by Long Island Sound to the north, and in every other direction by the much larger town of Oyster Bay.
Glen Cove, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.3
Greenport Village is truly the quintessential seaside village that could serve as the model for cute shoreline towns. This tourism destination was once a haven for bootleggers, speakeasies, and smugglers, but is more popular now with foodies and ferry riders.
Greenport, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.0
The little hamlets of Cutchogue and Peconic are full of vineyards and wineries. The area is also rich in history and natural beauty, featured prominently on the roads this route covers. Beside the Downs Farm Preserve at the start, the ride also passes the Goldsmith Inlet, a 35-acre park on Long Island Sound surrounded by old-growth forests. This ride starts at the Downs Farm Preserve, a quiet natural spot just outside of nearby Mattituck. Following NY 25, it passes through Cutchogue and Peconic, past a number of vineyards and wineries, then turns just before downtown Southold to explore some of the quieter back roads and public beaches in Peconic. Food options are limited, but many of the vineyards serve meat and cheese boards and other rustic food offerings for alfresco dining.
Mattituck, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16.3
More than a dozen villages and hamlets comprise Huntington, a North Shore town with five separate harbors and miles of beaches on Long Island Sound.
Huntington, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21.3
Jamaica Bay is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a major urban wildlife refuge on 9,155 acres of salt marsh, upland field and woods, fresh and brackish ponds, and a massive bay full of small islands. The park is home to hundreds of bird species, rare coastal flora, over sixty butterfly species, and nearly fifty species of fish. The bay is located at the confluence of several estuaries, contributing to the ecological richness and diversity of the area. This is a fairly flat ride on mostly car-free bikeways through a beautiful section of Brooklyn and Queens, near the JFK airport. Starting at Canarsie Pier, the trailhead is just before the entrance, extending left and right. Facing the park entrance and sign, turn left, heading northeast, to begin the ride. This portion of the trail runs parallel to the Shore Parkway, separated by a wide grassy median and highway railings on the left. The trail makes three scenic bridge crossings in a row, leaving Brooklyn into Queens on the final crossing, overlooking the Old Mill Creek on the right.
Brooklyn, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21.2
The Jones Beach Bike Path is a multi-use path extending from Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh to Jones Beach State Park, a beachfront park designed by Robert Moses. This barrier island park is more than 2,400 acres and consists of 6.5 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, a half-mile bay beach, a boardwalk, bike racks, showers, swimming pools, concessions, a museum, and an outdoor amphitheater. An extension of the trail continues on and ends at Tobay, the Town Beach of Oyster Bay. This beach is beautiful and less busy, thanks to a punitive parking fee for non-residents. Bikes are not allowed in the beach property, but bike racks are installed at the end of the trail. Because the route is so popular and bikes must be locked to access the beach, a hybrid is the recommended bike for this route, unless simply doing an exercise ride at quieter times of day. This ride can be combined with the previous route, Bethpage Bikeway (CR 30), via 3.5-mile connection detailed in that section.
Wantagh, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.1
The Kings Park Psychiatric Center, built in 1885, was founded on the then novel idea that overcrowded, gloomy hospitals were not conducive to recovery. The State of New York operated this hospital as an agrarian farm colony, where patients fed livestock and grew produce. The hamlet was named for the hospital, which served as the primary employer and economic-driver for the region. Following cutbacks in mental health care spending and advances in pharmacology, the center closed in 1996 after 111 years of continuous operation. Today, most of the hospital is part of the sprawling Nissequogue River State Park, a 521-acre park overlooking the river and forming the eastern border of Kings Park. To the north, the hamlet is bordered by an environmentally protected stretch of Long Island Sound.
Northport, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.4
Long Beach, nicknamed The City by the Sea, is on the westernmost barrier island on the South Shore. The city is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Reynolds Channel along the other three compass points. The actual long beach is a 3.5-mile stretch of beautiful ocean beach, with a long, bike-friendly boardwalk. The city has its own bike share program, offering low-cost beach cruiser style bikes perfect for short jaunts on the at fl roads and boardwalk. The strange mixture of Mediterranean-style buildings and condominiums is due to the controversial developer of Long Beach, who used restrictive ordinances to shape the character of the area.
Long Island City, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 6.5
Manhasset Bay separates Cow Neck and Great Neck, two large peninsulas containing more than a dozen North Hempstead villages and hamlets. On the eastern border of Queens, and well served by the Long Island Rail Road, villages range from tourist sites to bedroom communities. This ride is the second hilliest in the book, with a total elevation gain of 1,409 feet. None of the individual climbs are particularly challenging, with the total gain spread over a dozen or so efforts on the route. The hardest section is near the end after a pretty section of Sands Point, where a rolling stretch of road climbs to a peak of 187 feet over 2.0 miles. Starting in downtown Manhasset, follow Bayview Avenue for a fast descent down a narrow road. When the water comes into view, bear left to continue on Bayview Avenue in a wide shoulder along the Manhasset Bay.
Manhasset, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25.5
Proudly referred to as the AntiHamptons by at least one local, via her civic boosting Twitter account, the little village of Mastic Beach is situated on a peninsula in gorgeous Moriches Bay.
Montauk, NY - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13.3