1. Glacier Ridge Nature Preserve
The Trail: This 8.5 mile trail in Farmingville features intermediate to advanced singletrack with two optional diamond loops and fire roads.
Directions: From the Long Island Expressway, take exit 63 north (North Ocean Ave) and travel a little over a mile to Bicycle Path. Make a right onto Bicycle Path and then a left onto Independence Hill Dr. Go all the way to the end and park close to the woods. The trail entrance is just to the left of the small white building.
Check out this YouTube video from Glacier Ridge, courtesy of Jason Harvey:
The Trail: The East Setauket track features more than five miles of intermediate to advanced trails, with an additional 6 miles of optional advanced loops over difficult terrain.
Directions: Take the LIE to exit 62, North (Nichols Road). Make a right onto Mark Tree Rd, and then another right to get onto Route 347 East. Make your first left onto Belle Meade Rd and travel about a mile. The entrance will be on your right (park along the side of the road).
3. Stillwell Woods
The Trail: Stillwell Woods in Woodbury features 4 miles of intermediate to advanced single track with an additional two miles of challenging hills. There is also a separate two mile beginner trail.
Directions: Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 46 North (Sunnyside Blvd.) Take Sunnyside Blvd north to Woodbury Road. Turn right onto Woodbury Road. Take Woodbury Road to R25. Turn left onto R25. Turn right onto South Woods Road. Just after Syosset High School turn right into the soccer field. Bear right and go to the end of the field, the trailhead is in the southeastern corner.
4. Rocky Point Pine Barrens Preserve
The Trail: This intermediate and advanced trail in Rocky Point offers more than 13 miles of one-way riding with about seven miles of optional challenging expert terrain. There is also a beginner trail with several miles suitable for just about anyone. This trail is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and you do need a permit to ride there. Call 631-444-0273 for more information.
Directions: Main parking lot: Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 68, William Floyd Parkway North. Turn left on Whiskey Road. Turn right on Rocky Point Road. Parking lot is on the left.
5. Bethpage State Park
The Trail: The park features 12 miles of beginner to intermediate trails. There is a mix of single track and fire roads. But note, trails are NOT marked.
Directions: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 44, Rt 135 south. Get off at Powells Ave exit. Go left at end of ramp. Make a quick left into Bethpage State Park picnic grounds. Parking lot is at end of road (there is a parking fee).
There are many other options to check out on the island, including Cathedral Pines, Hither Woods, Eastport, Manorville Hills and Meadowlark Park.
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For more information on any of these trails - or to find more places to ride on Long Island - check out CLIMB's website. CLIMB is an organization dedicated to educating mountain bikers on environmentally sound and socially responsible trail use. CLIMB teaches volunteers how to design, build and maintain sustainable recreational mountain bicycle trails.