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New York State contains many of the finest mountain bike trail systems found anywhere. Besides the scenery, the trails range from beginner to expert and can be used by almost anyone who can ride a bike.

When looking at a place for mountain biking, a rider must consider some important elements of the trails. For instance, what is the rescue index? Are there phones along the trails for emergencies? Also, some parks charge a nominal fee for a daily or seasonal pass from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Riders should check out where they want to ride before jumping on their bikes and heading out.

The following trails are some of the best for mountain biking in New York State. They are high on the rescue index. That means they either have phones on the trails or are located near an area with phones and people. Most of the trails are for all-level riders, but you should inquire before riding.

Trail 1: Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail
Location: Along the Nassau-Suffolk border on Long Island.
Directions: Take the Long Island Expressway (495)
or Northern State Parkway to the
Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (north)
to exit 14 east (Jericho Turnpike).
About 1/2 mile east begin looking for
a parking area on your left. Turn
into the lot. There are usually alot
of other bikers there so it gets
crowded and easy to spot. The trail
begins across from the parking lot
on a dirt path through some trees.
More Info: Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference
23 Deer Path Road
Central Islip, New York 11722
(631) 360-0753

Trail 2: Fire Island National Seashore
Location: South Shore of Long Island near
Robert Moses State Park
Directions: Take the Southern State Parkway east,
follow the signs for Robert Moses and
Captree State Parks. Go south on
Sagtikos State Parkway which turns
into Robert Moses Causeway and goes
over the Great South Bay. Park in
Field 5 parking and walk towards the
black and white lighthouse. The
trail begins there.

Trail 3: Northwest by Northwest
Location: Just north of East Hampton, Long
Directions: Take the Long Island Expressway east
to exit 70/Manorville. Go south on
County Road 111 and then east on
Sunrise for about 27 miles, until you
reach the village of East Hampton.
Go north onto Stephen Hand Path and
then left (north) onto Bull Path.
The trail appears on your right as a
dirt path through some trees. It is
just before a sign for Fielers Close.
Parking is just ahead of the trail.
More Info: Town of East Hampton
37 Main Street
East Hampton, New York 11937
(631) 324-0362

Trail 4: Beechy Bottom Road
Location: Within Harriman State Park
Directions: Take the Palisades Parkway north,
exit at the Anthony Wayne Recreation
Area. Park at the northern end of
the parking lot. Ride down past the
tollgate to the 2 stone pillars with
wooden gates. The path starts there.
More Info: Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain, New York 10911
(914) 786-2701

Trail 5: Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Location: East of the town of Cold Spring
Directions: Take the Taconic State Parkway north
and exit at NY 301 west. There are
two different parking areas. The
first one gives you access to the
trails in the northern half of the
park; the second one takes you to the
southern half trails.
More Info: Clarence Fahnstock State Park
Carmel, New York 10512
(914) 225-7207

Trail 6: Bonticou Road Tour
Location: New Paltz
Directions: Take I-87 north to exit 18. Turn
left onto NY 299 west, which turns
into Main Street. Go through town,
over bridge and bear right at the
fork heading toward Mohonk Mountain
House. After New Palz, continue on
County Road 6. Cross a bridge and
bear right at the sign for the Mohonk
House. Park across from the Visitor
Center and walk up the trail that
links to Bonticou Road.

More Info: Mohonk Preserve
Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, New York 12561
(914) 255-0919

Trail 7: The Holy Land
Location: Northeastern Orange County between
Newburgh and Maybrook
Directions: Take I-87 to the Newburgh exit.
Follow the signs for Stewart Airport
which will take you to NY 207. Turn
at the sign for Stewart Airport
Cooperative Hunting Area. Park in
front of the gate.
More Info: NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Region 3
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York 12561
(914) 256-3000

Trail 8: North Lake Trails
Location: Near the town of Haines Falls and
Directions: Take I-87 north to exit 20. Go north
on County Road 32 for 6 miles and
then west on NY 23A into the village
of Haines Falls. Make first right
onto County Route 18 and continue
north for 2 miles to the end of the
road. Turn right onto Schutt Road
park on the right.
More Info: North Lake Campground Office
PO Box 347
Haines Falls, New York 12436
(518) 589-5058

Trail 9: Mt. Van Hoevenberg Trails
Location: South of the village of Lake Placid
Directions: Take I-87 north to Exit 24 (Albany),
then to exit 30. Go on NY 9 north
and follow for 2 miles to NY 73.
Continue for 23 miles to the Lake
Placid area. Turn left at the sign
for the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Ski Area.
Park at the stadium.
More Info: Olympic Regional Development Authority
Lake Placid, New York 12946
(518) 523-1655

Trail 10: Perkins Clearing
Location: Near Indian Lake in Hamilton County
Directions: Take I-87 north to exit 24 (Albany),
then to the exit for Warrensburg and
NY 28. Take NY 9 into NY 28. Follow
for 10 miles to Weavertown. Turn
left (west) onto NY 8 for 30 miles to
Speculator. Follow NY 30 north from
Speculator and take the dirt road at
the north end of Mason Lake. Park
anywhere and ride.
More Info: Hamilton County Tourism
County Office Building
White Birch Land, Box 771
Indian Lake, New York 12842
(518) 648-5239

From beginners to experts, mountain bikers of all abilities will enjoy the variety of trails that New York has to offer.