April 16, 2015
I must say that I think this is an underappreciated trail. I will agree that for the advanced XC rider there is not much flash to be found. As others have said it is an essentially flat unidirectional singletrack with a few diamond sections: a roller coaster thusly named, a few downhills and climbs, and a section of log rolls. The trail is incredibly condensed and so it is very winding. The ground is nicely packed dirt that is smooth with very few roots. Tree spacing is par for the course in relation to Long Island trails. As others have mentioned, this trail dries very quickly.
There are a two cases for which I'd recommend this trail:
1) Beginners- this trail offers a concise 101 on XC cycling, it gives newcomers a solid impression of what Long Island XC cycling is all about: several miles of wooded single track where one can hone their skills in bike handing as well as gain power and cardiovascular endurance in preparation for moving onto other trails. The trail features miniaturized examples of what one can expect to encounter in other trails (log rolls, roots, climbs and descents).
2) Cyclocross bikes- If you are a somewhat advanced mountain biker and you happen to have a CX bike, I highly recommend taking it through Calverton. I have done this numerous times and I feel like my skills on both road and mountain bikes have improved as a result.
So if you are a beginner or if you are riding with a beginner I'd say Calverton offers a nice beginner's introduction. Also if you think you're above riding your mountain bike there, try doing it with a cyclocross bike. And, of course, if you find a trail too easy, you can always ride faster!