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Cathedral Pines County Park Mountain Bike Trails

New York City, Long Island, NY

Pinelands, Family Cycling, Bike & Kayak,

Location: Middle Island, NY. Suffolk County.

Length/Configuration: 6.5 mile singletrack loop trail. About 5 + miles of optional advanced hill climbs.

Terrain/Surface: Well maintained. Mix of flowy and rolling dirt singletrack.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate. Advanced riders looking for miles of crusing will enjoy.

Elevation Change: Negligible.

Trail Use: mountain biking, hiking. Horseback riding on the bridle paths.

Caution: The policy is to keep of the trails after periods of rain or when the trails are wet. Ticks present so take precautions.

Cathedral Pines County Park Mountain Bike Trail Map
This trail map is a geographical representation designed for general reference purposes only.
 

Cathedral Pines County Park Overview

320-acre Cathedral Pines County Park is located in the middle of the Long Island Peninsula between the Long Island Sound (north shore) and the Atlantic Ocean (south shore). The eastern edge of Cathedral Pines County Park lies along the headwaters of the Carmans River, a New York State designated Wild and Scenic River.

Cathedral Pines derives it's name from one very special park feature; over 70-80 ft. tall, Eastern White Pine Trees that grew from just a few seedlings planted in 1812 on a farm (now Prosser Preserve) located adjacent to the Park just across Yaphank Middle Road. During a period of over 200 years, the pines noted for beauty and fast growth, have spread over the area. Suffolk County purchased the 40-acre Prosser Pine Preserve land in 1967, and dedicated the preserve as the Prosser Pines Nature Preserve for future generations to enjoy.

Facilities

Barbecuing / picnic areas, George Broome Memorial Activity Building, playgrounds, camping (RV, Tent, Group and Bike Hostel Areas)

Green Key Cards and fees apply. Currently there are two types of NON resident Green Keys for those who do not live in Suffolk County but would like to enjoy the parks, trails and campgrounds. Contact the park for further information.

Cathedral Pines County Park Mountain Bike Trail Connections

Suffolk County Route 21 - Rocky Point Yaphank Road

Add more trails to your mountain bike experience. On Road Bicycle Route that connects to the mountain bike trails at Rocky Point State Natural Management Area. Head onto Cathedral Pines County Park (road) toward Yaphank Middle Island Road. At 0.4 mile turn left at the 1st cross street onto Yaphank Middle Island Road. The route becomes Rocky Point Point Road at 1.4 miles. At 1.8 miles continue on Rocky Point Yaphank Road. In another 1.5 miles you'll arrive at the Rocky Point State Natural Resources Management area.

Route Length: 5.1 miles

Bicycle helmets are required bike gear for everyone.

Cathedral Pines Singletrack Loop

Mileage / Blaze: 6 miles, Beginner, Intermediate

The Cathedral Pines Mountain Bike Trail is a 6 mile singletrack trail that snakes in a (one-way direction) loop around the entire park through shaded woodland habitat and around fields. While not technically difficult, it's a scenic, flowy mountain bike ride bike over a mix of mostly level, and rolling smooth terrain.

Spur loops off the main trail add about 5 miles of optional advanced hill climbs and technical challenges. You can also take advantage of five Bail Out Points and use the inner park roads to create a series of shorter loop rides. These are ideal for teaching the younger ones mountain bike handling skills.

Out Of Bounds & Extension

Mileage / Blaze: 6 miles, Beginner, Intermediate

Out of Bounds and the Out of Bounds extension combined with the rest of the trail system is a fun 12 mile mountain bike course. The extension is fun and flowy with sections of undulating terrain.

Trail Highlights & Nearby Points of Interest

Wildlife Watch & Photo-Ops

Cathedral Pines County Park is located in the Central Long Island Pine Barrens. The "Barrens" are Long Island's largest natural area and it's last remaining wilderness. Tiger salamanders, a long list of rare damselflies, moths and butterflies as well as an incredible array of animals and migratory and breeding bird species make the Central Long Island Pine Barrens a Wildlife Watch hotspot.

Prosser Pines Nature Preserve

Across the road from Cathedral Pines County Park (Yaphank Middle Road), is one of the oldest Pine plantations in the eastern United States. The over 90 ft. tall White Pine Trees are a Long Island treasure. The

Famous poets have written Sonnets about Prossers Woods. Hikers, photographers and birdwatchers frequent the small park. A one mile easy walking trail plus several unmarked paths lead through the forest.

Bikes & Kayaks

Carmans River Water Trail

This is a popular canoe and kayak water trail along a unique, New York State designated Wild and Scenic River. At 10 miles long, it is one of Long Island's longest and most beautiful freshwater water trails. It becomes a mixed fresh and saltwater cocktail as it as it connects with Great South Bay and becomes an estuary. The stretch between Yaphank and Indian Landing is a popular 3.8 mile kayak route. Begin your paddle just below Lower Lake in the village of Yaphank. The river is shallower and narrower along this stretch. It's an adventure past stands of cattails, water lilies, wetland grasses, protruding logs and overhanging branches. You are likely to spot an incredible variey of wildlife including ducks, great blue herons, egrets, turtles, frogs, osprey, eagles, muskrats, hawks, fish and more. Along the way there are side channels to explore.

A popular turn around point is Indian Landing in Shirley, NY along the Inlet of Belleport Bay. The landing is part of the National Wertheim Wildlife Refuge.

Trail Access

Permits are required and can be obtained from nearby Southaven County Park where there are easier access points and boat rentals.

Indian landing is located on the east side of the River and can only be reached by canoe or kayak or from a 1.5 mile hiking trail trailhead that begins at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Complex Center and Headquarters.

Wertheim Wildlife Refuge: https://www.fws.gov/

Special Events

Fat Tire Festival

CLIMB's annual Fat tire Festival is usually held in the early Fall at Cathedral Pines County Park. There are bike demos and expos, groups rides for riders of all skill levels, women specific rides, MTB skills clinics, bike centric games, the famous "Barbeque" and more.

Historical Notes

To Come

Directions

From West: Take 495 East(Long Island Expressway) to Exit 66 Sills Rd (Patchogue Yaphank Rd), bear left at Expressway Dr. South (service road). Turn left at Patchogue Yaphank Rd. Bear right at Mill Rd. Bear left at Yaphank-Middle Island Rd. Look for park entrance on left.

From East: Take 495 west (LIE) to exit 68 north (Wm. Floyd Pkwy). Turn left onto Longwood Rd. At end of Longwood Rd. turn left; entrance is immediately to your right.

Bring Your Bikes Onboard: Suffolk is served by the MTA Long Island Rail Road. Trains run from Penn Station, Manhattan; Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn; Long Island City & Jamaica, Queens. Three lines serve Suffolk; the Port Jefferson Branch, which terminates at Port Jefferson, the Ronkonkoma Branch, which terminates at Greenport, & the Montauk Branch, which terminates at Montauk. Bring your Bikes On Board and check out these great area mountain bike trails.

More Information

County Park

Suffolk County Parks: https://suffolkcountyny.gov

Bike Club

Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (C.L.I.M.B.)

 

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