Fall is perfect biking weather on Long Island. So get out the bike, pump up the tires and explore some of Long Island’s many bike paths and trails.
Remember, many paths are multiple-use, so you’ll be sharing them with pedestrians, in-line skaters and others. State law requires children younger than 14 to wear helmets.
The Island also has more than 175 miles of mountain biking trails, many maintained by Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (CLIMB).
BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK, North Babylon
MILES 3 (2½ miles go around the lake, the other ½-mile is in the park.)
Picture-postcard scenery, a stone bridge and a small waterfall are highlights of an overall flat loop that also runs through woods flanked by benches and exercise stations. Lock up the bikes and stop to rent pedal boats, rowboats or kayaks; restrooms but no food concession. Fee $8 parking weekends and holidays through Oct. 11.
BETHPAGE BIKEWAY, Massapequa to Woodbury
The bikeway through the Massapequa Preserve features a shady trail next to a tranquil stream. Continue north along the Bethpage State Parkway through Farmingdale to Bethpage State Park, passing its renowned golf courses. Ride north through the woodlands of Bethpage State Park and open meadows of Trail View State Park. Both the northern and southern approaches to the park have some short, steep hills. The bikeway has restrooms and picnic grounds in Bethpage State Park, but no food concession. Fee $8 parking at Bethpage State Park weekends and holidays through Nov. 7.
BETHPAGE STATE PARK, Farmingdale
MILES 1 (connects to Bethpage Bikeway)
Trails are two-way and multiuse, and can be used by mountain bikers, be courteous about yielding right of way. The most family-friendly stretch of this flat terrain begins at the Bethpage State Park picnic area and runs north through the park. Fee Parking fee for picnic area only: $8 per car weekends and holidays through Nov. 7.
CALVERTON MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL, Calverton
Beginner-to-intermediate single-track loop on Route 25. The loop is good for beginners with a little experience. Additional 2 miles of optional advanced hill climbs. DEC permit required.
CATHEDRAL PINES COUNTY PARK, Middle Island
MILES 6.5 to 8 miles, depending on trail
Families with older kids can challenge their legs on this mountain biking trail at the headwaters of the Carmans River. Optional trails at Cathedral Pines have hills. All riders are required to wear helmets, and eye protection is recommended. The trail has restrooms but no food concession.
CAUMSETT STATE PARK, Lloyd Neck
Situated on a scenic peninsula, one of the trails is a 3-mile circular loop between the Dairy Barn and Marshall Field Estate, with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound and miles of pathways winding through woodlands, meadows, shoreline and salt marsh. Stop at the Masters Garage building for picnic tables, beverage vending machines and restrooms. Picnic tables also are scattered throughout the park. Fee $8 parking daily, all year.
CONNETQUOT SHARED-USE PATH
Trail parallels Sunrise Highway between Connetquot Avenue and Oakdale-Bohemia Road, with a connection to Connetquot River State Park. Fee $8 parking weekends and holidays through Nov. 21.
EASTPORT MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
East Moriches-Riverhead Road (County Road 51). Beginner-to-intermediate single track. DEC permit required.
EDGEWOOD PRESERVE, Deer Park
Entrance located on Commack Road. Beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bike trails with lots of single track. Also 13 miles of additional advanced loops of which 3 miles are black diamond trails for those with advanced biking skills. DEC permit required.
EISENHOWER PARK, East Meadow
Multiuse paths connect soccer and baseball fields, where spectators can watch amateur teams on weekends. Teach the kids about history from World War II to 9/11 at the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park. The park has restrooms but no food concession. Leisure pass needed to park.
EPCAL PATH, Calverton
A shared-use bike path loops around the 2,900-acre Enterprise Park, through the pine barrens of eastern Suffolk County. Parking available in Grumman Memorial Park (at Routes 25 and 25A), Veterans Memorial Park (5789 Old Country Rd.) and Isaac Dog Park (off Route 25).
HECKSCHER STATE PARK, East Islip
Paved, multiuse trails attract bicyclists, walkers and nature lovers. Cycle to a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Osprey nests tower over the trail near Field 7 and the park campgrounds. Playgrounds are near parking fields 1, 4 and 6. Restrooms available on the park grounds. Fee $8 per car weekends 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 11.
HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK, West Hempstead
The bike path connects shaded picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts. It winds around McDonald Pond, where kids up to age 15 can go freshwater fishing without a license (ages 16 and older need a license). Restrooms available at the park. Fee $8 parking weekends and holidays through Oct. 10.
HEMPSTEAD TPKE. SHARED-USE PATH, Hempstead
Traverses the north side of Hempstead Turnpike between Hofstra University, Nassau Coliseum and Eisenhower Park (Merrick Avenue and Oak Street, Uniondale).
JONES BEACH BIKEWAY, Wantagh
Take the Wantagh Parkway Shared-Use Path to Jones Beach, then stay on the extension on the north side of Ocean Parkway and pedal another 3.6 miles to Tobay Beach, where there are more restaurants and a playground. Bikeway has three "hills" as you pedal over bridges.
JONES BEACH STATE PARK BOARDWALK, Wantagh
Bike or stroll the boardwalk with access to ocean swimming, swimming pool, miniature golf, WildPlay Adventure Park, shuffleboard, basketball and East Games Area featuring boccie ball, shuffleboard, paddle tennis and cornhole. Fee $8 weekends and holidays through Nov. 7.
KINGS PARK BIKE AND HIKE TRAIL
Hilly trail connects downtown Kings Park with Nissequogue River State Park. Follows the old railroad spur from Route 25A, just east of Church Street, to St. Johnland Road. Trail runs through the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center into Nissequogue River State Park. Fee $8 weekends and holidays through Oct. 11.
LONG BEACH BOARDWALK
Wide, clearly marked bike lanes zoom down the middle of the city’s historic boardwalk, rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy. Restrooms available along the boardwalk.
MERRICK AVENUE SHARED-USE PATH
A shared-use path along the western perimeter of Eisenhower Park connects with the Hempstead Turnpike Shared-Use Path.
MITCHEL FIELD SHARED-USE PATH, Uniondale
Connects to the Hempstead Turnpike Shared-Use Path as well as Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island Children’s Museum, Nassau County Firefighters Museum, Eisenhower Park and a multiuse path along Merrick Avenue.
ROUTE 347 PARKS TO PORTS GREENWAY
A shared-use path paralleling Route 347 between Town Line Road in Hauppauge and Gibbs Pond Road in Nesconset, and 0.8 miles between Terryville Road and Davis Avenue in Port Jefferson Station. The shared-use path has extensive landscaping, rain gardens and solar-powered bus shelters with LED street lighting. The path is being constructed in stages and when fully built by 2033, it will extend 15 miles between Hauppauge and Port Jefferson Station.
OYSTER BAY TO BAYVILLE
Park at Beekman Beach in Oyster Bay and take the new shared-use path along the water, next to West Shore road, to the Bayville bridge. Some portions are very narrow, so be courteous to walkers.
ROCKY POINT MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAIL
Explore trails available for beginners to advanced riders through the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. Access is available at trailheads off both Route 25A and Rocky Point Road.
SETAUKET-PORT JEFFERSON GREENWAY, Port Jefferson Station
Hilly trail gives a good aerobic workout from Route 25A at Limroy Lane in Setauket to Route 112 at Hallock Avenue.
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
The Paul Simons Memorial Bike Path — pavement for biking, running and in-line skating — circles the 1,100-acre campus.
TRAIL VIEW STATE PARK, Woodbury-Cold Spring Harbor
Access at 8101 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, and near Cold Spring Harbor library. Trails are two-way and often used by hikers; be courteous.
VALLEY STREAM STATE PARK/HENDRICKSON PARK SHARED-USE PATH
Scenic, wooded pathway connects picnic grounds and athletic fields. It continues as a loop around Valley Stream Pond in Hendrickson Park. Restrooms at the park. Fee $8 parking at the state park weekends and holidays through Oct. 11.
WANTAGH COUNTY PARK
A shared-use path with scenic bay views. A Nassau County Leisure Pass is needed to park your car.