Cycling in the NYC Suburbs

Aug 10, 2023

Love biking your way from borough to borough? Then pack your bike and head to the ‘burbs, where there are countless trails, paths, and incredible spots to explore on two wheels.

While we’ll always love biking through Central Park or along the Hudson River, we’ve been blown away by the endless places to bike in the ‘burbs. So as you explore different towns – and if biking in the ‘burbs tops your must-do list – consider bringing a bike along for the ride or rent one when you arrive. It’s a great way to see the towns like a local. 

Heading to Westchester?

There’s so much to see – and so many spots to ride – in Westchester. One of our faves is Blue Mountain Reservation, home to some of the best cycling in the Hudson Valley. With 20 miles of trails that wind through 1,600 acres of woods, hills, freshwater pongs, and more, this is a perfect place to spend time, whether you’ve got an hour to burn or an entire day to fill. And with a mix of trails ranging from beginning (and great for new riders) to advanced routes, this is perfect if you’re exploring with a partner or kids in tow.

If hiking is your thing, you can access the Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, a 12-mile-long unpaved trail right from the reservation. Or take a ride through history on the Old Croton Aqueduct, a 26-mile trail that runs along the old aqueduct that once carried 100 million gallons of water daily into New York City. With its views of the Hudson River and direct downtown access to Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Ossining, this is a great way to spend the day. 

Heading to Connecticut?  

Fairfield County has bike trails for riders of all ages and skill levels. We love Mianus River Park, which starts at Cognewaugh Road in Greenwich and cuts through the park to Merriebrook Lane in Stamford. Biking with kids? Be sure and check out the nature trail including 12 educational stations that call out the amazing animals and plants in the park. Winslow Park in Westport is also a great spot for a bike ride. This beautiful park has tons to do, including walking and jogging trails, picnic areas at South End, and even an off-leash area for dogs. 

Another go-to? The Pequonnock Valley Greenway Rails to Trails in Trumbull is an easy 5.2-mile out-and-back trail that’s flat, wide, and kid-friendly. One of the first state-designated greenways, it runs along historic railroad beds and the Pequonnock River. Craving more of a challenge? Check out the 8.4-mile out-and-back recreation path at the Shelton Lakes Greenway. Plan to spend three or so hours mountain biking around three reservoirs, through streams, and over boardwalks. 

Heading to New Jersey?

Essex County is packed with places to bike. Check out West Essex Trail near Verona, a 2.8-mile cinder and gravel trail perfect for all ages and skill levels. Start your ride at the Fairview Avenue entrance, right off of Little Falls Road. And, of course, you can’t miss South Mountain Reservation, a 2,110-acre nature reserve packed with trails, a dog park, and tons to do at the South Mountain Recreation Complex. This massive go-to spans Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, and South Orange, in the Watchung Mountains. With countless trails including a segment of the 36-mile Lenape Trail, there’s ample opportunity to ride.

We’re also loving Middlesex Greenway, a 3.5-mile-long paved trail that runs through Metuchen, Woodbridge, and Edison. From this trail, you’ll have easy access to area parks, schools, and shopping. It’s part of the planned East Coast Greenway that will eventually connect Canada and Key West and span over 3,000 miles. 

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Checking out Union County? Head to the old Rahway Valley Railroad which is about to get a second life as New Jersey’s newest multi-use trail for cyclists and hikers. This $1.5 million project will create multi-use trails that run from Kenilworth to Roselle Park and connect to county parks and Watchung Reservation

Heading to Long Island? 

With its diverse terrain and endless coastline, Long Island is a haven for cyclists. For an incredible coastal ride, start at Captree State Park and bike to Jones Beach. While you’re here, check on the beach, boardwalk, and live music – then head back to Captree. (Pro tip: grab a bite from the refreshment stand and enjoy the views of the Fire Island Lighthouse before you pack up and head home.) 

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Another great spot? Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale is famous for its five golf courses, but it’s also a go-to for cyclists with plenty of trails for bikers and hikers. If you want to extend your ride, hop on the Bethpage Bikeway, which connects the park along suburban roads to Massapequa Preserve, where you can pedal alongside lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and marshland. 

Ready to explore the New York-area suburbs? Grab your helmet, gear up, and schedule your free strategy session today. 

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