Rocky Point - TRAIL

Rocky Point - Trail, Rocky Point, York

A 14+ mile singletrack trail with optional black diamond sections and bail out points. Normal trial is great for training and speed while the Black Diamonds offer challenging technical riding. Definately a great trial for people on LI. Might not be worth the trip for someone from the City though.

User Reviews (53)

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Ray   Cross Country Rider [Jun 20, 2014]

This is mostly an update, because the last review was over 3 years ago.

Trail is still well maintained, it's a long, flat, hard packed, and fast trail. Mostly pine needles or light sand over hardpack, with a few sandier sections. Great flow, very fast, but obstacles that test an advanced rider are few and far between compared to trails like GR.

Theres some pretty fun moguls/rollercoaster style sections off the main loop. There are some new trails on the north side near the Campsite loop that deserve the DBD designation they were given. They're still fresh and un-packed right now, they are clearly marked with signs (and even names) but are not yet on the maps. IMO, the new ones are the most fun part, there's even a nice jump or two in there.

Customer Service

Take 495 to rt 101 north. 101 turns into 21, and crosses over Whiskey rd (there's a light at the intersection and a field to your left (west) side). Parking lot is about a quarter mile past the signal.

Trail starts in the back of the lot, goes around west side, crosses the road, and continues on the east side of rt 21.

I believe I hit every loop, and it was just over 19 miles. It takes 2-2.5 hrs if you're fit, it's really not that hard to average 8-9mph. Give yourself extra time if you're riding after work, the last thing you want is to be 5 miles out from your car when the sun sets (this isn't like CP where bailouts are a few hundred feet, you can be 3 miles of bailout away from the lot, and the bailouts are poorly marked in some places).

Similar Products Used: CP (5 minutes south on the same road) is more beginner friendly.

Manorville is about 10-15 minutes west. Similar style trails, but overgrown and you're guaranteed to get ticks. You do basically get the trail to yourself though, rare to run into another rider.

GR (glacier ridge) is about 15 minutes west (take 495 to north ocean, trail starts behind the town clerk's office). Shorter trail, a lot more climbing, and a lot more advanced rider friendly obstacles, but nowhere near as fast.
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4
VALUE
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3
PaulJ   Cross Country Rider [May 30, 2011]

Fairly fast, hardpack w/ thin layer of pine needles, some sections (sand box, desert) are a bit more sandy, but nothing you'd have trouble getting through with regular width tires etc. Few very brief sections of mud. The ground absorbs precipitation quickly, within a day or two of a major storm it'll be more or less dry again.

Plenty of area on the sides of paths to pull over and let faster riders through, though there are several sections where branches/foliage is narrow enough to hit your arms/handlebars. The people who take care & groom the trail do an amazing job of it, the trail is also very well marked using yellow signs etc, getting lost is nearly impossible for even the 1st timer, the more experienced riders are always helpful/friendly/accommodating to those who aren't; as long as you let us go pass within a mile or so :)

The trail's criticized/been called a 'bike path' more than a mt. bike trail because it's fairly flat, with only a few slow demanding technical sections. The black diamond and double black diamond ratings are wildly over-classified, considering other trails in NYS, don't be afraid to try them, they're more fun than outright challenging.

Excellent trail for keeping up cardio/stamina. The great thing about RP trails is if things are getting to easy, just go faster!

Unlike other trails (bald hill), it is a fairly 'safe' trail for the inexperienced, not too many apexes @ blind crests, sudden sandy/washout sections/drops/off-camber turns etc; it won't bite your head off & send you into the bushes if you don't have the trail fully memorized, but it definitely helps knowing what's ahead to keep up your momentum.

Similar Products Used: - S. side of Bald Hill (much more technical/tricky)
- Belle Mead Rd trails (something for everyone, highly recommended)
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4
VALUE
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4
bth   Weekend Warrior [Apr 03, 2010]

Rode there for the first time today. (The trails had been closed for the season by DEP -- presumably because of concerns about damage to waterlogged trails -- until today.) Took me about 2.5 hours to do the entire park, including all side trails. In part because it’s a one-way trail, and well marked, it’s easy to keep track of where you are on the map, available on the DEP and CLIMB websites. That said, there were a few moments of deja vu because the landscape is so consistent. The main loop is very tame, especially on the west side (the first part of the ride if you park at the Rocky Point Road lot): almost completely flat, almost no rocks, the only minor challenges being some tight turns and some slippery pine needles. The side trails, marked as either single or double black diamonds, range from short roller-coaster-style respites to up- or down-and-back hills that provide decent cardio and technical challenges. The Rocky Point Rd lot was full, not surprising since today was opening day, but still I only encountered a few folks on the ride, all of whom were kind. Worth checking out. A great place for mixed-ability pairs/groups, as there’s a lot for beginners and a worthwhile amount for more advanced riders. Check out DEKS American Restaurant in Rocky Point for craft beer and a tasty lunch after the ride. Enjoy!

Customer Service

It's a one-way loop with numerous side trails that link back to the main trail. Well-marked. According to the map,there are three lots. From the Rocky Point lot, you start with the west side loop, which is less interesting than the east side stuff. The side trails marked single black would be blue in many other places, e.g. Stillwell; those marked double black are probably equivalent to single blacks at Stillwell.

Similar Products Used: Glacier Ridge; Stillwell Woods
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
darmento   Weekend Warrior [May 31, 2009]

Today was the first time that I have been to this trail. I just got my DEC permit. I went to Eastport last week and was very unimpressed (will never go back there), but RP was awesome. The parking lot was full, so I thought that the trails would be packed, but they weren;t at all. I only was a few people and everyone seemed cool, no attitudes like you get at some places. There were some big puddles and mud from all of the rain on Friday, but other than that, the trails were in great shape and marked real well. Lots of single track, diamonds, hills and even some good intermediate trails. Some really good riding. I'll definitely be back.

Customer Service

Take the left fork out of the lot onto the main loop. It twists and turns up and down a small hill then takes you to a fire road where you can pick up a real good intermediate trail. It's a good warm up. The intermediate trail will lead you to a few good diamonds.

Similar Products Used: This is pretty much the best trail close. Montauk has some good trails, but much further out and not worth the traffic this time of year.
OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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3
PCinSC   Weekend Warrior [Dec 13, 2006]

Very nice, groomed trail. Well marked. Fast, twisty, turny much of the way, a lot of fun. Great trail for novices. Black diamond and double black diamond are not really that tough, just a few short, steeper climbs/descents and moguls and jumps. If you're an advanced rider looking for techy terrain you're not gonna find it here. But it's still a fun trail that can be made more challanging by riding faster. I'll definitely be riding there again when I visit family on Long Island.

Customer Service

We just followed the big loop starting from Rocky Point Road somewhere. I don't think you can go wrong with any part you decide to do. Get a trail map from the CLIMB website.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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2
Paulvr4   Weekend Warrior [Oct 12, 2006]

Granted this trail is a drive for me (lower westchester) I do admit it's worth the 1+hr drive out. The trails are FAST, Fast tight trails with humps all over. Highly marked trails, double diamonds once in a while that bring rollercoaster style action and is it me or do you ride through different "seasons" through-out the ride. That desert and sandbox are really beautiful. A bit of muddy conditions in turns after a rainy day which get annoying but overall the best fun with the best speed. No real difficult climbing, just fun fun fun! Since it's a big trail you won't really run into a lot of other bikers as often until you hit the parking lots. I'm planning to go out there again before the end of year.

Customer Service

Stay on the main loop and exit off any Double Diamonds. It's not as scary a terrain as the name makes it sound but definately a blast!

Similar Products Used: Nothing else on LI really.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
BERN179   Cross Country Rider [Sep 03, 2005]

Everytime i go to this trail is feels like its getting bigger. last time i was there i stumbled accross a double black and it was great. my mistake was taking my n00b friend along... after the 5th mile he was in tears and after the 10th he was looking to bail. what makes this trail so great is the back drop if you live in the city this is a place to get lost in and ride your heart out. who ever maintains this trail gets 5 peppers it must be hard to maintain such a big trail but none the less my hats off to the team that makes it possible. when you get to the enterence you see alot of people either finishing or getting ready for a run but once inside you are all alone that should show how big it is. every once and a while you bump into a solo or a team either way everyone is very nice. there is an unspoken kindness among other riders that makes this sport so lovable.

Customer Service

from start to finish... you need to leave your tire imprint on every inch of trail... its a must!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Mattera11   Weekend Warrior [May 26, 2005]

ok, i'll start off by stating that I KNOW THIS IS NOT A CRAZY, HARD & TECHNICAL TRAIL... BUT: I love it! I live in Rocky Point and i've been riding this trail for about 9 years now, I've seen it go through many changes. Right now it's the best it's ever been. Very clean and senic, mostly flat with some short up hills along the way.. if you ask me, it's a work of art... I know the difference between more difficult trails and this one. I've ridden in Utah, Colorado, Up State New York ETC, but if you're looking for a good quick cardio workout then this trail is PERFECT!!!

Customer Service

THE ENTIRE TRAIL... Maybe not the West End Loop. everything else though, Diamonds and all..

Similar Products Used: we have Calverton, Cathedral Pines, The Greenbelt. I usually stick to RP..
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Mike   Weekend Warrior [Jan 10, 2004]

I love this place.... It's kinda a hike for me and my buds but we try and go a bunch of times a year... I'm actually intrested in finding a trail that we have herd about a few times somewhere in Shoram I think... If anybody has any info for me please email me at TOBERAD@aol.com.... Thanx and remember "A Ride a Day Keeps the Wife Away"

Customer Service

We go from just past Whiskey Road but anywhere you start is kool...

Similar Products Used: Cathedral Pines, Calverton, Montauk
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
LumpyWumpkins   Weekend Warrior [Oct 29, 2003]

This is the longest loop on Long Island - a click under 20 miles if you do everything. Maybe the racer below mistyped, cause you should not expect to ride all of the trail in 50 min. If you can (24 mph ave), then hats off to you cause there are some tight turns in this bad boy. Not to mention the moguls that would get mighty tricky at that speed. This is an excellent trail to ride on your SS. And man, it is fun: smooth and fast. Not technical in the ways of massive roots and rocks, but plenty of tight trail with turns, and some moguls to keep you light on the bike. This is xc (as is most of LI) so don't expect to get us eout of your freeride / DH rigs. This is a mental and physical trail. As soon as you lose focus, this one'll get you. And at 20 miles per loop, it could easily happen to you. This is a tasty trail that the beginner can ride, avoid the black diamonds, and still feel like they did some work. Advanced riders can hit it for speed and distance (nice nice flow), but don't expect technical / climbing / descending challenge - go off island for that. IMO: this is a prime example of trails that can be fun even when they're not on a mountain.

Customer Service

Start from the lot North of Whiskey road and hit the most you can (choose the 25a loop rather than the short nameless black diamond). At the top of Campsite, the sandy downhill is not as much fun as it looks - go to the right for a less steep but much more fun ride on dirt. Don't miss the West Side in the beginning for a good warmup, and don't miss Halfpipe (this one can be tricky to find - ask around).

Similar Products Used: Go south to Cathedral Pines
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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