A fun loop around the DEC conservation area with varied terrain. Lots of long and flat singletrack.”
— Ken McCann
This is a fairly long loop for a beginner. However, it's mostly flat with some easy climbs and descents mixed in. Enjoy the scenery of Rocky Point Conservation Area as you ride through what seems like a few different ecosystems. The area is a good mix of beginner and intermediate trails.
Need to Know
The trail crosses a two lane public road that runs through the middle of the area. This area is closed from November 1 to approximately April 1 for hunting. There is a main parking lot on Route 21 just North of Whiskey Rd. It's on the West side of the road and easy to miss. There is also a second parking area on Route 25A just East of Route 21 (Rocky Point Rd).
This loop is pretty straightforward to follow. This is a one way loop that is mostly flat, but is fairly long. The trail is not technical, and would be suitable for beginners, but be wary of the length and give yourself plenty of time. There are bailouts to take you back to the parking area, but it still might be a hike for some. The main loop is 13 miles and is pretty firm hard pack.
If you're looking for a longer adventure, take the West Side Loop that branches from the Main Loop after about a mile. Including this added loop, and the optional side obstacles (demarcated by diamond blazes) you'll be in for a 24 mile ride.
The diamonds are more difficult terrain, but are still easy to navigate. All the diamonds on this trail loop back to the main loop. Most of the diamonds are relatively short but might require more than beginner skills. There are some short steep climbs and technical riding mixed with rollers and log overs. An intermediate rider will probably need at least two hours to complete the whole thing with all the diamonds. Leave yourself at least 3 hours before sunset just to be sure.
History & Background
This was originally known as the RCA area. On January 7, 1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York & London from this very spot. As you ride this trail you'll see huge cement footings and metal towers now laying in the woods used to support the huge antennas of the day. Several spots in the trail you ride over the guy wires. Rocky Point was also the home of Nikola Tesla for a time.