The Greenbelt - TRAIL

The Greenbelt - Trail, Staten Island, York

smooth singletrack, fun climbs and steep short descents. many intertwining trails, easy to get lost if you dont know it.

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mike zielinski   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2007]

Lots of good single track.A trail map is a must,be careful for poison ivy.Best time to ride is in early spring & september.These trails are for beginner & intermediate riders.Moses mountain is a must with nice views of the ocean.Once you get to know the trail system you will come back for more especially if you are a local rider.When the trails are free of rain its an awesome ride.

Similar Products Used: hartshorne N.J
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Jeff D   Cross Country Rider [Nov 07, 2004]

Rode the Greenbelt trail today and forgot how nice the trails are, especially in the fall. I have never been bothered by anyone and stumbled on many hikers the date of this review. Note: Stop and let the hikers pass, be courteous, and they will not complain. Bikes are not allowed on Greenbelt trails, but it's not really being enforced. Trails are marked, maintained and are clean. It's never crowded no matter what time you go. Although there are less hikers if you go early on the weekends.

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I like the white trail that starts off Rockland Ave about 1/4 mile once you pass Forest Hill Road. (You will see the foot bridge). Take the white trail to you exit on LightHouse road and hang a left go down to Rockland Ave bear left and enter the Yellow trail. Take the Yellow trail and go to Moses' Mountain (Incredible view). Take the Yellow trail across Manor Road and then take the green trail for a short time hook back onto the Yellow trail. Take the yellow trail all the way to Kaufman camp. Reverse and come back. You'll get a good work out. There are many other trails to choose from. Get a trail map at the Nature Center off Rockland Ave corner of Brielle Ave.

Similar Products Used: All trails.
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Bryan   [Jan 20, 1999]

I used to ride the trails in this area quite a bit when I lived in NYC (my hometown.) If you were to tell anyone that great mountain biking could be had within New York City limits they would look at you like you had three heads, but it's true. Unfortunately, if you do not have a car (not an uncommon situation in NY) it is a bit of a pain in rear end to get to. NYC buses do not have bike racks and the only other way to get to Staten Island is by train and ferry. The ferry ride is pretty cool though.

The trails are varied. There are some relatively short climbs, but they are lung busters. Lots of roots and rocks. Lots of great single track and some fun DH. Watch out for the thorns. There are spots where there are literal walls of them. They are long, tough, and sharp. Full fingered gloves are recommended. There is a section that goes past the old grounds of an abandoned mental institution. When the cooler weather comes around and the leaves fall off the trees you can see the old dormitory style houses through the branches. It's a little creepy, but in a fun sort of way.

There are lots of cool water crossings. Even in the dry season. That leads me to some of the minuses. When it rains this area becomes a swamp. The drainage is very poor and the trails become rivers and trail intersections become small lakes.

There are no maps for these trails so I would recommend going with a local or someone who has been there before. If you don't, You WILL get very lost.

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Eric   [Jan 21, 1999]

I know Bryan from SD and his opinions are suspect, so be careful. Only kidding. I do know him and he nailed it on the head. The only point I disagree on is that it's easy to get lost. I ride in two sections of the Greenbelt, divided by Rockland Ave..
On the north side there's a main loop (actually it's shaped like the number 9). The trailhead begins on Eleanor St. On this leg there's a creek crossing, washouts, and a ridge where cement was poured out. It's as close to slickrock as I can imagine.
After crossing Manor Rd., get back on the trail and follow it to the first left. You'll know which is the main route. You'll find great singletrack, lots of roots and rocks, and a screaming descent. Watch out at the bottom, though. There's a foot and a half deep drop. Although I'm traditionally tough on bike parts, I've banged up my rims on more than one occasion while trying to be careful! AT the intersection hang a left and...
Cross Rockland to ride the southern half. It's uphill on loose rocks for a while. At the top you won't believe you're still in NYC. There's no sign of civilization up there. Zoom down the other side only to climb a lung-buster of a hill. Continuing along, cross the creek. On your left are the very creepy buildings of an abandoned mental institution. It's SUPER CREEPY to see the old desks and unused roads. Find a whole in the fence and go exploring. Continue and you're on a jeep trail. Be careful of glass. Kids like to hang out and drink here. Turn around in the field ahead and do it in reverse. Go back to the other side and try some of the side routes. For me, they're more fun. When you cross over Rockland go straight through the intersection (on the trail) and climb the hill. At the top will be multiple paths down the other side. This is my favorite part. Try them all. If you get lost, listen for cars and go the road. Ask for directions back to the train. You're never too far.
I do more riding in late fall through spring. There really are walls of thorns. Wear glasses and full finger gloves. In the summer the trail is overrun with thorns. I don't enjoy it too much.
Other than thorns, the biggest nuisance is ticks. Just ask Bryan from SD. He's a magnet for the rotten, little critters.
It's great riding, and more importantly, it's local. Rangers will hassle you despite the fact that you're within you're rights. Last year a mental patient was on the lam. I rode with helicopter surveillance that day. If you take a look around you'll see plenty of the crumbling foundations of buildings of yesteryear.
Ticks, thorns, swamps, mosquitoes, macho ATV-riding locals, glass, and AWOL loonies. It wouldn't have that New York charm without these ingredients. If you can get over these things you'll see why it's so much fun.
The trail gets three tires and its location gets the fourth.

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If you're taking the ferry to the S.I. train (SIRT), then get off at the "New Dorp" station. Head north on New Dorp Lane (you'll know which way is north b/c the streets that run parallel to the tracks are named North & South Railroad Aves.). At Richmond Rd., make a left.
Then make a right at the fork and head up to Rockland (Ave. or Rd.--it escapes me at the moment). Make a right and look for trailheads on your left.

Similar Products Used: If you're driving around Staten Island, watch the side of the road for trailheads. They're never marked. You have to find them. I've only tried a couple of these and they only went in about 50 yards, but that doesn't mean you won't get lucky. If you do, post it. I'm always willing to try new trails.
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Mark Sutera   [Jan 29, 1999]

Considering the disappointing fact that i have lived in Staten Island my whole life..I found out about this trail about 3 and a half years ago the same time I bought a bike. This trail is one that kinda grows on ya after 4 or 5 rides you can get an exact 6.7 mile loop of very technical riding... after Staten Island got hit by a tornado on Labor Day of 1998 It uprooted and destroyed alot of trees...This storm destroyed my trail I didn't let it stop me "a jem of a trail like this, so close to my house gone"...I wouldn't let it stop me from riding. So me and three riding buddies grabbed our chainsaws and cleared about a 2 mile section of it ( you can e-mail all thank you's to me)The rest I believe either the parks dept did it, or it was some more eager riders...Anyway this has brought the trail to a whole new level I was never really good at climbing logs and jumps and in the span of three months I can get over logs 3 1/2 ot 4' high I'm have really started to like riding this trail again. There are so many ways to ride it i have done pretty much all of them so have fun if ya get lost have fun it's happened to me me plenty..And remember not that many people in NYC or the boroughs really ride..so for the people that do enjoy...this is the Best riding within the city limits It is supposed to be Ilegal to ride here so don't get caught either...The reason why it is not that popular is b/c not that many people know about it...Spread the word maybe they will make it legal and maintaince it more often...

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There are a few trail heads the one I like to start off with is right off of Ocean Terrace. Right over near Ocean and Manor continue up Ocean and make your second right go up the hill until you see the beginning of the woods...make a left onto that street(I don't know the names b/c i never looked after all these years of going this way)go to the end park car and start you will get kinda on this trail lost but just bear left when you see a picnic gazeebo on the trail

Similar Products Used: Everything that I know worth going to in this area is about 1 hr away..Try Ringwood...or Saxon Woods..or greenbelt/Stillwell in L.I but get prepared to overhaul your bike after a ride in L.I. Way too much Sand I feel like the trails are built on the beach
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MILLER   [Nov 02, 1999]

TAKE YER GIRLFRIEND HERE FOR ANOTHER BORING AFTERNOON

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GO ANNOY THE BICYCLE PLANET 516-363-4434 ASK FOR CRAIG

Similar Products Used: STILLWELL (FOR FUN)
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Pete   [Jan 26, 2000]

A trail that will baciacally throw anything at you, Iv'e been riding these trails for about 6 months, and I'm still findin new paths.

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Just find a path and go wherever the pth tkaes ya. You'll get out, eventually.

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Jay   [May 01, 2000]

I really like these trails, but it is easy to get lost if you don't know the area. Try to follow the color markings on the trees. If you happen to wander into camp pouch, and see a ranger, only talk to him if you are really lost, I try to avoid them, they can be nasty. There are many different routes that lead past a cemetary, a golf course, and the old seview mental facility. It is mostly all hardpack, or loose dirt, lots of hills, sometimes after it rains alot of mud. I don't know what anybody is talking about a 6 mile loop, I ride and can do 20 miles without seeing the same trail. There are also a good amount of rocks, tree roots, little bridges, and other things. I recomend a helmet if you want to go crazy with the jumps, cause sometimes trees have a tendancy to jump at you. Its alot of fun if your riding with friends, and bring a good amount of water if you plan to spend the day and food if you want. It is beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. If anyone wants to ride with me or my friends, drop me a mail. Were not totally gung-ho with spandex, were just a bunch of college guys havin fun, but we still go the distance. We like to go 3 times a week. And one last thing, if you cross main streets, be careful not to get hit by cars.

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When I usually go, I enter a street off of Todt Hill Rd. It is on the opposite side of Staten Island Academy, and is the only street on that side of the road in between St. Francis and Four Corners Rd. If you go up that way, you will see the Mets John Franco's house on the left. Then you will see a fork in the road. Go right. Take that up into someones driveway (only on bike) and you will see forest straight ahead. You can either go right or left. I recommend parking near the school and riding.

Similar Products Used: I know some smaller trails in a different part of the greenbelt, but I only know how to get there by seeing the streets.
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gregg bedore   [May 04, 2000]

watch out for the park rangers there assholes they will take ur bike from u so if u see them ride from them if u can most of the time they wont chase u but if they do chase uy it makes the the bike ride through the trails a whole lot of fun trust .

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go in through the golf course on forest hill rd n pick any trail it doesnt mater it takes u where ever u want to go but u can definiately get lost easly so just stay on 1 trail till u get use to it i ride the trails every day n its a lot of fun once u get use to them

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Mike   [Jul 08, 2000]

Today was the first time i rode this trail(i intend to ride it A lot), and it kicked so much ass. I got in shape at wolf's pond park, but im never going back there. here there are some long ass uphills that are really awesome, and some steep, sick downhills. You can definately get lost here, but thats a good thing :)
There is an awesome loop here. Ride on the trail i described above and it will take you to a tiny little clearing, where there are 4 ways to go(including the way u came) I Chose the way that has the rock on the floor with the red arrow on it. I found an awesome steep ass downhill and great climbs. I also found what looks like the front steps of the really old seaview hospital. Theyre on top of a hill. Its really erie. i havent found any of the buildings that are still standing though. Like someone said before, you really wont believe your in staten island. Overall, this is a great place for someone who digs great singletrack. i would give it 4 stars, but it gets 5 because somehow it is in staten island (which incase u didnt know is still part of nyc).

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Take the train to new dorp. go up new dorp lane to richmond rd, make a left, then a right at the fork. Go up that street to rockland and make a right. Make a left onto St. george st. There is a trailhead (i think it's the blue and white or blue and gold) on the right side of the street. go in there. the first section sucks because its almost impossible to ride in there. but after u cross the next street, stay on that trail and u will find a really really awesome, long ass trail.

Similar Products Used: wolf's pond park for begginers(where i started)
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