Outdoorsy Long Islanders are lucky. Nassau and Suffolk county are filled with beauty making outdoor activities that much more enjoyable. For those who enjoy bike riding (or are thinking of picking up a new hobby), there are several paths to add to your bucket list. Soak up scenic views on two wheels while cruising down these gorgeous Long Island bike trails.
Jones Beach, Wantagh
Beach, concerts, boat show—Jones Beach is the place to be on warm days. Add a scenic Long Island bike trail to the list and there’s yet another reason to love this place. The Jones Beach Bikeway is an over 5-mile long asphalt path along the Wantagh Parkway from Cedar Creek Park to Jones Beach. Scenic views of the water are guaranteed the further East you bike.
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
For those looking for a mellow ride, Eisenhower Park offers a flat loop path that’s about five miles long near Exit 4 on the Meadowbrook Parkway. Bikers will catch a glimpse of the park’s amenities on the ride, including the baseball field.
Trail View State Park, Woodbury
This 454-acre state park running between Bethpage State Park and Cold Spring Harbor State Park is the perfect way to dive into nature. Between hardwood forests, marshes and succession fields, beauty is all around as bikers ride through the designated trail. But beware of hikers: they also share the path.
Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale
The Bethpage State Park is known for its luxurious golf course, but it’s also one of the most popular for biking. The Bethpage Bikeway, which is great for beginners, goes along the Bethpage State Parkway and then the Massapequa Preserve. It offers a serene and green escape with miles upon miles to conquer. The park also has the option for the Bethpage Mountain Bike Trail—a more intense off-road path for those with more experience.
Caumsett State Park, Lloyd Harbor
Scenic views are a guarantee at this park as it’s adjacent to the Long Island Sound. There’s about 3 miles of paths and trails perfect for hiking and biking between the Dairy Barn and Marshall Field Estate.
Cathedral Pines County Park, Middle Island
The 320-acre space near the Carmans River is popular for its camping feature immersed in a forested area. The 6-mile Long Island bike path is just as beautiful with tall trees surrounding bikers as they pedal through a dirt path.
Heckscher State Park, East Islip
Another great place for bikers who enjoy a nice view, Heckscher State Park puts the Great South Bay and Fire Island in peripheral view. It’s about 5 miles long also offering a great workout.
Hither Woods State Park, Montauk
Advanced bikers, this trail is a must. It’s longer than most and has hills to challenge bikers. Also, how can you beat the views of Montauk’s shores as you travel through?