The Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest (Otis Pike Preserve) is part of the New York State designated Long Island Central Pine Barrens Preserve. Three of Suffolk County's towns encompass most of the preserve's 100,000+ acres, a conglomeration of open space and preserves consisting primarily of mixed oak and pitch-pine forest, freshwater and coastal plains ponds, bogs, and fields in various stages of successional growth. The ponds and wetland habitat are dominated by red maple, water willow, tupelo, swamp azalea and buttonbush.
The Calverton National Cemetary borders the area on the east and the Peconic Wild, Scenic and Recreational River corridor runs through the northern part of the park. The preserve, within what is known as the former U.S. Navy Cooperative Area, is cooperatively owned and managed by Suffolk County Parks and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC").
Calverton Pine Barrens Preserve Trail Connections
New York State Bicycle Route 25 or 25A
The Calverton State Forest, Rocky Point State Forest, Brookhaven State Forest and Wildwood State Forest mountain bike trail systems link together via New York State Route 25 / 25A.
Grumman Loop - Extended Vietnam Memorial Recreation Trail
Grumman loop is a 10-mile paved bike path that travels around the perimeter of the former Grumman facility. A fence and wide median separate the trail from the adjacent active roadways and much of the other side of the trail is lined with trees. When you pass Grumman Memorial Park you will see two fighter jets on display.
Parking is available in Grumman Memorial Park (located at the intersection of route 25 and 25A), across from the Calverton mountain bike trails.
Mountain Bike Trails - Calverton State Park Forest Preserve
The Calverton mountain bike trails travel in a one-way direction. It's 8.5 winding miles of interconnected, well-maintained singletrack trails that loop through secluded wooded areas and pondscapes. The Calverton mountain bike trails are well-designed and maintained. While the majority of the trails are not considered technical, the twisting, turning, flexuous, and snaky singletrack wind through the trees (watch those wide handlebars or bar ends). Be prepared for the sandy stretches on the trails, especially at the bottom of those quick descents.
This is the perfect mountain biking venue for the beginner mountain bicyclist to master singletrack basics and the intermediate mountain to enjoy the fun and challenging trails. Beginners will appreciate the Fire Road bailouts that intersect the trails at strategic spots if you get into it "over your head". The Fire Roads loop around he border and cut diagnally across the trail system for an easier and shorter mountain bike ride options.
The Calverton mountain bike trail area usually drains well after rainy periods. When nearby Long Island mountain biking areas such as Rocky Point or Cathedral Pines are wet and muddy, the Calverton Trails will likely be dry and rideable.
The three main trails Enchanted Forest Trail, The Winding Way and the Oak Maze Trails in the Calverton Mountain Bike Trail Network allow for over 7 miles of easier continuous cruising. Mix in some some of the Fire Roads to add in more mileage.
Enchanted Forest Trail
Mileage / Blaze: 1.4 miles. Blue blaze
Oak Maze Trail
Mileage / Blaze: 2.7 miles. Blue blaze
Winding Way Trail
Mileage / Blaze: 2.9 miles. Blue blaze
Scuttle Hole Trail
Mileage / Blaze: 2,256 ft. Black Diamond
The Scuttle Hole is actually a Kettle Hole with inclines and a shallow pond at the bottom. This is a local favorite within the more scenic area of the trail system.
Trail Highlights and Nearby Points of Interest
Bikes & Beaches
Wildwood State Forest
Whether you are a beginner mountain biker or an expert, a Bikes & Beaches tarriance at one of the many beaches strung along the Long Island Sound or at stunning nearby Wildwood State Park this summer is what you need for an all day adventure. Wildwood State Park comprises 600 acres of undeveloped hardwood forest terminating on the high bluff overlooking Long Island Sound. There are camping facilities and a network of doubletrack trails to explore.
790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, NY 11792
Trails To Farms
Long Island's agricultural industry is centered on the eastern two-thirds of the Island known as Suffolk County. Farm stands and orchards are popular stops for visitors for fresh-picked farm produce.
If you love fresh produce, and the "you pick" experience Lewin Farms is the place to go in Suffolk County. It is one of our favorite stops during the Fall harvest season. They were the first family run "pick your own" farm on Long Island, at a time when wagon roads traversed the area. There are fields of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Call ahead to check for optimum pick times. Absolutely delicious.
201-709 Fresh Pond Ave, Calverton, NY 11933
Bikes & Kayaks
The headwater of Long Island's largest, most historic and ecologically diverse rivers begins near the former Navy/Grumman airfield. It originates in swamps, ponds and bogs at mid-island amidst water willows and red maples. Along it's 15 mile course to Peconic Bay, it flows through forests past farms, historic sites, over dams, and under roads. Turtles, muskrats and birds abound in this area. Swans, geese and ducks can be seen as you maneuver your canoe around the bends and turns of the channel.
Numerous put-ins all along the Peconic River. Most paddlers begin their trip at Connecticut Avenue in Calverton, where the river is very narrow and shallow and exceptionally wild and scenic.
U.S. Navy Cooperative Area
In 1953, the U.S. Navy purchased 6,000 acres near the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Calverton from a local farmer named Harry Edwards. They also acquired the mansion of the grandson of F.W. Woolworth. The area was collectively referred to as the U.S. Navy Cooperative Area. It was used primarily as an aircraft test facility. When the Grunman facility closed in 1994, the Navy had no use for the surrounding property. It was dedicated as the Otis Pike Preserve and deeded to the NYS DEC.
Take 495 (Long Island Expressway) to Exit 68. North on William Floyd Parkway to Rt.25. East. 3.5 miles to parking area on left side of Rt.25, just past the motel.
New York State Parks
Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (C.L.I.M.B.)