Guidebook

The Best MTB Trails for Escaping the New York City Rat Race

Escape the rat race and pedal off into the forest on these five great mountain bike trails near New York City.

Description

New York City—the largest city in the United States of America. With a population of over 8.6 million people in the city limits and over 20 million people in the NYC metro area, New York isn’t a location that springs to mind as a mountain biking destination. And yet, of those tens of millions of people, likely a few million at least enjoy outdoor adventures such as mountain biking, hiking, downhill skiing, and more. So what do you do if you love to ride and you want to get out and shred some singletrack?

While of course you could hop on a plane, there’s a surprising array of mountain biking opportunities in and around NYC. A few trail systems on Long Island, such as Stillwell Woods, offer quick access to some green space. But the further afield you go, the more the opportunities open up. Without driving more than two hours, you can access a myriad of riding opportunities. The best downhill mountain biking on the East Coast can be found at Mountain Creek Bike Park, and the expansive network of trails at Blue Mountain State Park offer something for everyone.

However much time you have or however far you want to drive, this mountain biking guidebook will give you the information you need to escape the rat race and instead race down some singletrack!

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City

Blue Mountain Advanced Loop
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Blue Mountain Advanced Loop

20.2 km
478 m
478 m
A loop connecting Blue Mountain's most challenging trails.
Difficult
Private
Blue Mountain Intermediate Loop
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Blue Mountain Intermediate Loop

9.8 km
225 m
225 m
A go-to ride for the locals.
Difficult
Private
Stillwell Woods
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Stillwell Woods

8.9 km
119 m
119 m
A popular trail network on Long Island with something for everyone.
Difficult
Private
Sterling Forest
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Sterling Forest

12.7 km
298 m
298 m
A go-to trail system for NYC, loaded with plenty of fun features.
Difficult
Private
Mountain Creek Bike Park: Breakout -> Domboo
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Mountain Creek Bike Park: Breakout -> Domboo

1.9 km
0 m
255 m
One of the best intermediate runs on the mountain.
Moderate
Private
Sals Loop
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Sals Loop

12.8 km
313 m
313 m
A staple ride with a perfect blend of rock gardens and flow.
Moderate
Private
Ringwood State Park
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Ringwood State Park

10.9 km
248 m
248 m
The official mountain bike loop of Ringwood State Park.
Moderate
Private
Graham Hills Park

Graham Hills Park

9.3 km
245 m
245 m
A tour through Graham Hills County Park.
Moderate
Private
Lake Nockamixon Trail System
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Lake Nockamixon Trail System

13.5 km
211 m
211 m
A fast XC trail network on the banks of Lake Nockamixon.
Moderate
Private