Want to go cycling? Grab your helmet and head to one of these paved, off-road, mixed-terrain, marked or unmarked trails on Long Island.
Bethpage bike path
Bethpage bike path: This paved route runs the length of Bethpage Parkway. It starts at Bethpage State Park and cuts through Massapequa Preserve to Merrick Road. Stretching 9.5 miles, this path is scenic and great for beginners. Marked route maps are available near trail entrances or at the picnic area parking lot at Bethpage State Park.
Bethpage Mountain Bike Trail
Bethpage Mountain Bike Trail: This 4-mile off-road, marked loop trail through pine forest has mixed terrain for mountain bikers and two challenging hills. Park at the picnic area lot in Bethpage State Park; look for white triangles on trees for the starting point south of the gatehouse.
Central Suffolk Bikeway
Central Suffolk Bikeway: This marked street route begins at Bethpage State Park and runs along Quaker Meeting House Road, Bethpage Road and Main Street to the Farmingdale train station. It then follows the railroad line into Riverhead, stretching 80 miles.
Cathedral Pines County Park
Cathedral Pines County Park: This 6-mile off-road, wooded trail is mostly flat, accommodating all levels of biker. The hill climbs are designated for more experienced riders. A Suffolk Green Key card is required and there is a parking fee on weekends during the summer.
Eastport Trail: At routes 51 and 111 in Eastport, a flat, single-track, off-road trail loops through wooded areas stretching 8.5 miles. Helmets, eye protection and a permit are required. To get the permit, call 631-444-0273.
Heckscher State Park to Central Islip
Heckscher State Park to Central Islip: This 10-mile flat bike trail starts in Heckscher State Park and runs north along Connetquot River into Central Islip.
Hempstead Turnpike Trail
Hempstead Turnpike Trail: A Nassau County-owned trail on the north side of Hempstead Turnpike runs between Hofstra University in Hempstead and Eisenhower Park. The two-mile trail stretches between Merrick and Stewart avenues.
Huntington-Lloyd Neck Trail
Huntington-Lloyd Neck Trail: This 16-mile hilly, scenic street route goes from Cold Spring Harbor north on Woodbury Road to Huntington village. It follows West Neck Road through Lloyd Harbor to Caumsett State Historic Park and Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge. At Caumsett, a 2-mile, off-road route (helmets required) leads to a pond and the Sound.
Jones Beach Trail
Jones Beach Trail: (Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway) From Cedar Creek Park, south of Merrick Road, just east of Wantagh Parkway, a multipurpose 4.5-mile path parallels the parkway to Jones Beach State Park, near the amphitheater.
Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail
Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail: A hilly 1.4-mile trail connects downtown Kings Park with Nissequogue River State Park. It follows the old railroad spur from Old Dock Road, just east of Church Street to St. Johnland Road. The trail runs through the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center and into the state park. It's good for beginners and families looking for a short, scenic ride or hike.
Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Mountain Bike Trail
Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Mountain Bike Trail: Part of the unpaved, off-road national recreation trail is marked for mountain bikes. The 8-mile trail with challenging hills stretches from the Bethpage State Park picnic area north to Stillwell Woods in Syosset. Stillwell Woods has a 4-mile loop with difficult terrain.
Shelter Island Trail
Shelter Island Trail: A ferry ride away from the North or South fork. This is a moderately easy, north-south street route following Route 114 across the island to the south ferry dock. In North Haven, a marked, on-street route along Route 114 leads to East Hampton. The trail stretches 25 miles.
South Fork Trail
South Fork Trail: This 60-mile trail samples all the East End has to offer. From Riverhead, it travels east along Route 24 through Hubbard County Park. On the way, you'll pass saltwater marshes and freshwater ponds. Pedal along Montauk Highway, crossing Shinnecock Canal into Southampton. Then follow Route 38 along Peconic Bay into Sag Harbor. Swing southeast via Route 114 into East Hampton, then skirt the ocean through Hither Hills Park to Montauk Lighthouse. The trail is mostly flat, with some hills.