This ride starts at the highway overlook, goes down Elisha's ValleyTrail to Stephen Talkhouse Path, and out to the beach at Napeague Harbor. Then ride the beach along the harbor's reddish sands (colored by iron-fixing bacteria, if I remember right), around the bird sanctuary at Hicks Island, through the ruins of an old menhaden fish meal factory, then past Goff Point to catch the singletrack at Fresh Pond Landing. Then you hook up with the Paumanok Path for the scenic bluff ride toward Rocky Point and Fort Pond Bay.
At this point, you have an option to go down to the old navy pier and the portable bathrooms, then continue back toward the overlook parking lot via the relatively easy climb along Redmond's Path, Rod's Valley Rd, Flaggy Hole Rd, Ram Level Rd, and Split Rock Rd.
If you're looking for extra miles and some tougher climbs, after crossing over the railroad tracks after Rocky Point, you could follow the Paumanok Path (white blazes) onto Rick's Ridge Trail, past the Lost Boulder, and around the landfill before turning right at the Parkway Trail and heading back to the parking lot. This is not an option for beginners, though. There are tough climbs and some tight switchbacks.
Be sure to grab a map for each rider at the kiosk at the parking lot. They are quite accurate and how I learned these trails.
For the best results, I'd recommend doing this at low tide and minimal winds (a southerly or westerly wind is preferable to a northerly or easterly wind). Wintertime will help avoid traffic, ticks, and thorns. Be mindful of hunting seasons (which are posted at the parking area).
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hither Woods Fatbike Ride mountain bike route
Altitude start119 ft
Altitude end124 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat5 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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