Flat terrain that twists and turns through out a Long Island Forest.
While the trail is on the east side of Long Island, about 90 minutes from Manhattan, it is worth the effort to get to. Enter the trail to the left of the information board and follow the yellow signs all the way through. You'll encounter a few hills but for the most part the ride is flat. The 12.5 miles is enough to give you a work out and the constant turning will improve your riding skills.
Serious riders do the ride twice. Try it and if you get tired and want to head back to the car there are a couple of places to do so. The map supplied by the DEC will show you where and they are also clearly marked. In fact, the whole trail is very clearly marked, except for some spots where fire ate up the plastic signs in the summer of 1995.
How to get there:
Take the Long Island Expressway EAST to exit 66 NORTH. Turn left to travel north onto Rt. 21. This may involve a few zig zags, but try to stick with it. Rt. 21 is also called "Middle Island Rd.", and "Yaphank Rd." at certain points, but eventually, it turns to "Rocky Point Road." Stay on Rt. 21 approximately six miles and pass "Whiskey Road." Once you pass Whiskey Road, look on your left for a parking lot full of cars with bike racks. It's a small lot and there may not be a space for you. If not, DO NOT park on Rocky Point Road as your car probably will be towed while you're out kicking up dirt on the trail. Ask one of the regulars where the other lots are, as there are several of them in the area."
If these directions are difficult to understand try calling the NYSDEC at 516-444-0273.
You MUST obtain a permit to use this trail, as the land is owned by the NY State DEC and is part of the Pine Barrens Preservation Project. To obtain a free, three-year permit, call 516-444-0273.