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The bridge is repaired and the trail is open.
I started my journey in Bethpage Park ($8 to park for the day) and headed south. The Massapequa Preseve is beautiful and certainly the highlight of the trail. I loved how a small, charming stream ran alongside the trail for most of this leg of the trip.
Once I got to Sunrise Hwy, it was a bit confusing because the trail is not obvious to where it picks up on the other side. I found the trail and completed the last mile. Personally, I would not recommend going south of Sunrise Hwy. The trail becomes extremely bumpy and it ends unceremoniously at the corner of a busy intersection. On my next trip, I am avoiding this leg.
Finally I biked back up to Bethpage and continued north. The Trailview State Park portion of the trail is the best maintained, with a freshly paved roadway and beautiful greenery. I didn't go further than the TSP.
All in all it was a fun ride! My next trip I am parking where the trail intersects with Sunrise Hwy and take it all the way north.
Nice short ride but afterwords you can go south on Old Dock Road and relax on a bench and enjoy the water views. Then you can do the Hike and Bike trail again.
This is a nice bike ride. The trail is well paved and very level. Not many other riders/hikers. The unavoidable intersections are very disruptive if you are riding for a steady fast pace or for a strenuous workout. Also not much shade. But if you are biking or walking for an enjoyable bit of exercise, it can't be beat for this area.
I took the Metro North out of the city up to Bronxville to cycle all the way to the north end of this trail, and had a very good time. While it's not exactly a quiet trail, running alongside the Bronx River Parkway for the majority of it, it is surprisingly secluded and peaceful.
I do have two warnings, which I've also submitted as edits to the description of this trail, so hopefully they'll appear above this review in the future.
One: there is a small section of gravel between Hartsdale and White Plains. I took my Brompton since I was expecting asphalt the whole way, and while it performed surprisingly admirably on the gravel, it was still rough enough to give me a tire puncture. Gravel bikes and hybrids will likely have no problems, but folding bikes and skinny-tire road bikes may want to be cautious in this section - it's unfortunately too long to simply walk it.
Two: there are a number of extremely low-clearance parts of this trail where it passes under the Bronx River Parkway. I'm 5'11" and I had to duck while *walking* my bike several times. These are all well signposted, but do *not* ride your bike under there unless you know exactly how tall you (and your helmet) are on your bike. Many of these crossings are also blind and narrow, so if you do ride through them, I'd recommend ringing your bell as you go to warn anyone approaching.
Men hanging out along the path. Would not be heard if you shouted out
Not sure why I did 5 stars on my previous review, but this trail, as scenic as it is, is not deserving of 5 stars. 4 stars at best.
I used to ride this trail as a kid all the time with my dad, and since I am training for a 50 mile bike ride I decided to not do the Jones Beach/Gilgo ride and did this one instead. I started my ride by the Merrick Road entrance and made my way north using the trail. I could not get over how many cracks and bumps there are! I couldn’t ride fast and seriously thought I popped my tire a few times. I don’t remember it being that bad when I was younger. Sadly, the trail didn’t get better until around the Southern State entrance. From there is was smooth sailing to Sunnyside Blvd
Perfect for biking! A complete loop with no road crossings. Interesting scenery. On one side is almost always dense woods. On the other side is a mixture of Grumman remains, train tracks and even a small family graveyard from the 1800's (my favorite part). The only negative was a small stretch next to an old dump, which emits a foul odor.
This paved trail is perfect for biking. I agree with some of the other reviewers that you have to be careful at the road crossings, but you have to expect that in such a densely populated area. 10 miles from end to end, it's a great workout and the scenery is lovely. I routinely see deer and other wildlife during my travels.
This is the most diverse trail I've been on. Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs, and over a dozen bridges. Really enjoyed it on my ebike. I started by parking at the Kensico Dam Plaza and rode down close to Bronxville. The trail is in great shape and most of it is paved. It's fairly easy to follow, but I was glad I had downloaded the trail map. Made it much easier to at a couple of points in the trail. I will definitely be returning in the fall. If you start or end at the Kensico Dam make sure to explore the plaza and take a ride to the top.
On our beautiful part of the North County Trail there is a new proposal by a developer to cross over the bike trail midway between Yorktown Heights, Baldwin Place and Mahopac Ave. section in a residential neighborhood.
Builders want to put a road for vehicles through the beautiful 2 mile stretch of nature at this point for a driveway, to gain access to a landlocked piece of property to build 3 new homes. There are no houses built on that side of the Trail now.
This would endanger all walkers and cyclists with constant traffic at all times of the day. Help us stop this project "Green Tree Rd Extension" by writing to the Town of Somers Planning Board. next meeting is July 12, 2023 Hurry, before it's too late. E mail Directorofplanning@somersny.com
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