Today's adventure takes me as far east as can be legally accessed
Part of the fabled Paumanok Path, Hither Hills State park features some of the nicest marked trails on Long Island.
The preserve is still a little ravaged by the hurricane, but can be easily navigated and all path names and markings still survive intact.
This is not your typical NY state park access trail, with features and obstacles built into the singletrack to make it more challenging. The Hither Hills path is an age-old native american road network which runs along the northern shore of the south fork. As a result of this, it is very long and is wrought with naturally-occurring features which will require a full day to explore.
Half of the trail runs along the 80 foot tall bluffs of the Napeague Bay, Block Island Sound, and Fort Pond Bay. There is surprisingly very little sand which forces you to walk the bike, a really great feature for a beachside trail of any type.
I wish I was able to take more pictures, but I was too busy enjoying myself on this beautiful day in this almost completely unmolested, historic treasure that I will be revisiting many more times this season.
As you can see, I was able to use my XC bike to traverse this terrain, although this type of trail network would be really well-suited to a fatbike.
I took on (although did not consume) a full 3 liters of water and did bring a small meal with me. Safety gear is of course strongly recommended as although this is a shared vehicle access park, some of the paths would be impossible to pass with a vehicle. I recommend also taking a physical copy of a map, as cell service is very very spotty. You will be needing plenty of DEET or similar tick-repellant.
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