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Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area Mountain Bike Trails

Greater New York City Region, Long Island, NY

Urban Legend, Pinelands
Directions & description

Location: Middle Island, NY. Suffolk County.

Length/Configuration: 6000 acres. 13.3 miles one way singletrack loop and 6.5 miles of two way level fire roads.

Terrain/Surface: Hard-packed twisty single track and level fire roads, some small hills and gullies.

Technical Difficulty: The yellow trail is technical and requires good bike handling skills. Designed for intermediate and advanced riders. The purple trail travels on mostly level fire roads. It is suitable for beginners and families.

Elevation Change: Mostly level riding

Trail Use : mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding.

Caution: Be careful crossing over Rocky Point Rd. Watch out for ticks during summer. Deer hunting allowed in season.

 

Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trails

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

Directions:

From Long Island Expressway Exit 67 take Route 21North (Rocky Point Road) .Parking areas are located just north of Whiskey Road (Bike Trail Access Only) and East on 25A.

 

General Description:

Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area is one of the premier mountain biking destinations in New York. Once operated by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) as a global communications center, aproximately 6,000 acres of oak woodland and Central Long Island Pine Barrens habitat provide miles of some of the best designated and maintained mountain bike trails in Long Island.

 

Rocky Point Trails:

Main Trail: The yellow marked trail is approximately 13.3 miles of winding challenging one-way hard-packed singletrack. The spaghetti-like, twisting, paperclip tight curves and turns will surely make your hair curl. (No need for a perm after this ride). Hills, gullies and whoop-de-doos, riding between trees where the space is just barely wide enough for your handle bars, are just some of the technical challenges requiring finesse and laser precision for most of the ride.

Side shoots off the main trail. marked with Black Diamonds, with names like Half Pipe and Log Jam, offer even more technical challenges and obstacles. The trail is one way only so you must stay committed for the 13.3 miles. Where it crosses the fire roads (yellow trail) you can bail out if you want to.

We have ridden here several times, and it is always a thrill. Sometimes the trails are crowded, especially on weekends and holidays. However, everyone we encountered on the trails was helpful and courteous. In the summer of 2004, we met Paul Falvey, who was at the time, President of C.L.I.M.B. (Concerned Long Island Mountain Biking Association) in the parking lot. He was riding a flourescent orange single-speed bike and wearing matching bike shoes. I was as thrilled as if I was meeting a movie star. We owe many thanks to C.L.I.M.B for building, maintaining and patrolling the trails here! It is a model Mountain Bike Advocacy Organization.

West Loop: The new West Loop trail system offers a condensed version of the main trail except for a few extended switch-back hill climbs. It's also quieter and less-travelled.

If you don't feel like doing the entire 13.3 mile "Main Trail" and want some variety, you can start out doing the circuit on the West Loop, then follow the signs back out onto the main Loop. At different points on the Main Loop are options to bail out onto the easy, wide fire roads back to the parking lots.

Family Trail: A network of wide, family friendly, fairly level doubletrack woodland fire roads and some singletrack trails provide the beginner mountain biker and families with older children with about 6.5 miles of fairly easy woods riding. Some of these trails are quite sandy and bumpy and require short hill climbs. Make sure you bring the official DEC trail map as we found that the many trail intersections (not all of them marked) can make things confusing.

 

A DEC Seasonal Access Permit is needed for access into the Preserve. The permit is free and valid for 3 years. Fill out and mail to address shown at bottom of form.

Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print permit.

 

More Information

New York State Parks

NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation

 

Bike Club

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

 

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