Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest near New York City located within the town of New Haven, NY in Suffolk County is a mountain bike trails hub featuring a 9-mile singletrack loop trail specifically designed for mountain biking that's fun for intermediate to advanced beginners. The trail travel through a unique Long Island Central Pine Barrens transition zone that links the dense shrub thickets of the Eastport Pitch Pine Scrub-Oak Barrens with the Hempstead Plains (Nassau County) – once an open expanse of rolling midwestern-like tallgrass prarie. Today, think – a diverse mosaic of pitch pine woodlands and suburban, open fields intermixed with stands of bigtooth aspen.
The Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest is bordered to the north by the Long Island State Pine Barrens Preserve and at it's far northeastern tip, to Bald Hill County Park. In addition, it's location just south of the Long Island Expressway, sandwiched between Moriches-Riverhead Road and Captain Daniel Roe Highway (Rte. 111), lends itself to being a very important mountain biking trail hub. From the Eastport Trail you can access trail connectors that link to other nearby mountain bike trail systems, recreational paths and county parks.
Mountain Bike Trails - Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest
Mostly level groomed singletrack trail travels for the most part through woodlands and along the eastern part of East Port Pine Barrens State Forest. The elongated trail, if seen drawn on a trail map, resembles an amoeba gone wild with outthrusts, bumps, prolongations, hooks and protrusions. It's certainly not boring in it's design nor is the mountain bike ride. Cyclists must wear hard-shell helmets and eye protection.
The trail system is marked for mostly Intermediate level riders. A connector trail runs east west and cuts across the middle of the Eastport Trail making two interconnected loops of about 4.5 miles each. There are twists and turns, short climbs and drops along with some suprises along the route including advanced hill climbs and two new amoeboids: The Hare Scramble A and Hare Scamble B Trails. Trail conditions also vary seasonally so you might encounter some blowdown on the trail.
Disclaimer: NY DEC User Permit Required (free). Trail closed to mountain bikes from November 1 through January 31 due to hunting, or as posted.
Eastport Pine Barrens Bicycling Trail Connections
Manorville Hills To Easport Connector
Trail Mileage / Blaze: 1 mile, Easy
At the northern end of the Eastport mountain bike trail, The Manorville Hills to Eastport Connector mountain bike trail crosses Hot Water Hill Road, travels north than heads west. It crosses Toppings Path, a doubletrack gravel access path and connects into the Manor Hills County Park trail network's Main Loop, a Black Diamond level mountain bike trail.
Hot Water Street
Trail Mileage / Blaze: 3 miles, Easy
Dirt access road that delineates the northern border of the Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest Tract. It travels east along the southern border of the Long Island Pine Barrens Preserve to Captain Daniel Roe Highway.
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Trail Highlights and Nearby Points of Interest
Wildlife Watch & Photo-Ops
The Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest is bordered to the north by the Long Island Pine Barren Preserve. It is also surrounded by the Moriches and Shinnecock Bays to the south and the Peconic River to the East. It is likely you may see or encounter on the trails least but not last white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbits and box turtles. The Pine Barrens are also important to migrating and wintering birds such as the redshouldered hawk, bald eagle, pine warbler, ducks and geese.
Take 495 (Long Island Expressway) to Exit 70 south, Rt.111. Take Rt.111 to Rt.51 east. (Moriches-Riverhead Rd.). Make a U-turn at the first cross-over on the left. Parking lot is on the right, before the overpass.
New York State Forest
NYS DEC - REGION 1 - https://www.dec.ny.gov
Trail is maintained by Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (C.L.I.M.B.)