Bethpage State Park For Mountain Biking

The MOST popular mountain bike trail in New York.

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Near Farmingdale on Long Island, the 1,500 acre Bethpage State Park has 12 miles of trails open to mountain biking. While known primarily for its golf courses, Bethpage State Park has a surprising network of trails and forest roads within and connecting to the park (note, few routes are marked). The routes are usually hardpacked and gently roll through maple and oak woodlands.

The Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail connects with the Bethpage State Park.

The Bethpage Bikeway (Massapequa Preserve Bike Path) runs 13 miles from the Massapaqua Station of the Long Island Railroad to Bethpage State Park. The route runs parallel to the southern section of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. The path runs south through the park over scenic and rather hilly terrain on an excellently paved path passing the Bethpage Park Polo Field.

The park is located 40 miles east of New York City. To reach the park, head east on the Long Island Expressway US495 to Exit 44S. Follow Seaford/Oyster Bay Expressway (SR135) south to the Powell Avenue Exit. Head east on Powell Avenue into the park.

There is a small entrance fee (currently $4.00).

A popular mountain bike trail is commonly known as Pandoras Box. This 5 mile loop begins in the southwest corner of the picnic area parking lot to the left of the tollbooth (look for the well worn singletrack heading into the woods and the white-triangle blazes).

Overall, Bethpage State Park is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 48 mountain biking rides in New York. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Bethpage State Park including Rocky Point Pine Barrens Trail, Walt Whitman Trail, Nassau Suffolk Trail, Stillwell Woods Perserve, Calverton Trail and Cathedral Pines TrailMontauk State Park.


Local Contact(s):  NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking Eastern New York" from Michael Margulis

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.734, -73.4699

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  6/30/2016

ID:  6294


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