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Level: Intermediate
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +328/278 ft
Total: 52 riders
 

Mountain Biking Manorville Hills

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#59 of 283 mountain bike trails in New York
#2667 in the world

This is a difficult intermediate trail. There are no easy trails here. Bring lots of water as there are no bail outs. Make sure you are riding with a buddy to be safe.

Total trail length is about 12 miles and the average time to ride will be around 2 hours. The trail is soft and slow as it is new but as more people ride it, the faster it will get. This trail will challenge you physically so beware.

If you are feeling unsure of your ability by the time you reach the picnic table sized (terrapin) rock or the triangle of logs, you can turn around and head back to the parking lot. That will still be a good ride of about 4 miles to the rock and back or 6 miles to the triangle of logs and back.

This trail is blazed with blue paint, It starts from the parking area's west side, look for the blue blazes, they are opposite the yellow blazes. After about 2 miles you'll come to a picnic table sized rock that looks like a terrapin, head right and down the slope, then about 1.5 miles later you'll come to a triangle of logs, go straight, you will see a "one way" sign up on a tree on the left side, this begins the one way mega loop of about 7 miles till you return to the picnic table terrapin rock and then go straight (not left and down hill or you'll go back to the beginning of the loop) and head back along the same trail that you rode from the parking lot. Keep your eyes open for the blue blazes that indicate a turn, if you don't see any markers, you missed a turn or are going the wrong way. There are no arrows to follow, only blue blazes.

This trails cross both hiking and horse trails. Both hikers and horses have right of way.

Thanks again to the members of CLIMB for creating and maintaining this trail. Please respect their hard work. For more info go to climbonline.org.

First added by bikeit420 on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
LIE to exit 70 and head south, go past the 7/11, at Halsey Manor Road there is a new Fire House on the right corner. Go a half mile past there and you will see a sign for Hotwater St. on your right. The trail head is on the other side. You should continue driving to Polistena Blvd. Make a U turn there and head back North. The trail entrance is on the right just opposite Hot Water St. You will see the sign for Manorville Hills County Park and take the gravel road to the parking lot. You can only see the sign for the park when your on the east side of route 111 heading north. Once you are in the gravel parking lot, you will see a sign for the hiking trail head, diagonally across from that you will see a blue blaze on a skinny tree near a small dirt mound. That is the beginning of the mountain bike trail.

Hey westies! It's only a 45 minute drive from exit 45 on the LIE, expand your riding realm.

Or from 27 head north for about two miles till you see the Manorville Hills County Park sign on your right. If you come to the flashing light at Halsey Manor Rd...you've missed it.
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  • Zacharybu
    *****

    I usually do not ride in the winter,so I have not been there since October 2017.However this is one of my favorite Long island trails.Few flat spots,it's either up hill or down hill.It will definitely challenge your endurance.

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  • Tom Fitzgerald
    *****

    This is one of my favorite trails. While riding this trail, you will be surrounded by awesome scenery. If you are not flowing down a hill than you are climbing (very few flat sections).I would recommend that you have decent climbing ability or you may not enjoy this trail very much.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter
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    Love this place. Nothing exotic, just good old XC singletrack. Good intermediate trail. 2 mile two way feeder trail to nice 9 mile or so loop. Always either up or down. Not a lot of flat. Good workout.

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  • BennyHillz
    *****

    Love this trail. One of the best local heart pounders. This one keeps your heart rate up- just remember what always goes up doesn't always come down. Lots of uphill on this one.

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  • Adam Sepe
    ****

    Manorville Hills offers a fast, smooth and flowy ride through an expansive pine forest. There are not many technical features but, in my opinion, this trail is a joy to ride through at a fast pace, especially, as in my case, with a single speed, rigid 29er.

    The trail begins as a two-way that is at times either singletrack or fire-road. This continues for a few miles until one reaches a large erratic (boulder) named Terrapin. From here on out the trail is a one-way circuit singletrack (make a right just after Terrapin, the directionality is counterclockwise). After going around this circuit, soon after reaching an erratic named Jabba (it does look like Jabba the Hutt) the trail returns to Terrapin. To get back to the trail head one must make a right and proceed "backwards" down the same two-way that was taken to get to Terrapin in the first place. So, if looking at the trail from above our would appear as a drawing of a balloon on a string.

    The topography of the one-way portion of this trail can be likened to an egg crate: it is dominated by small, regularly-spaced undulating knolls of about a 40 to 50-foot prominence and perhaps 100-foot radius. The trail snakes and winds up, around, over and down these papillary hills. There are no surprises in grade; Manorville Hills acts on the cyclist in a more insidious fashion than the other trails in the area. The climbs are grinders and the resultant descents are thankless, due in equal part to both their tortuous design and also to the unusual ground conditions which I will explain. Thanks to the preponderance of pine trees, the ground is mostly covered in a layer of fallen pine needles. This can make traction somewhat unpredictable as compared to the more commonly encountered soils of nearby trails. I have to say that, owing to this, on my last ride there I nearly slid into a hulking pine tree, I luckily unclipped and corrected my angle at the last moment (so much for a no-dab ride). None of the above is meant to be taken as a complaint, I consider this trail to be a unique challenge more focused on cardiovascular fortitude and low-traction handling skills than on line choice and hucking.

    The tree spacing is generally wide with only a few tight squeezes and there are very few roots. Without rocks as well, the trail is very smooth and so I could easily imagine someone riding a cyclocross bike through its entirety.

    So if you want a flowy grinder over pine needles, head over to Manorville Hills. P.S., If you see a guy on a white rigid Niner with a white helmet and orange goggles, let me know if my review was accurate.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter
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    This is a great cardio workout. I am rating this trail intermediate to advanced for Long Island. There are very few flat spots. Just constant up and down. Not very technical but intermediate for some climbs and rolling terrain. It is a 3.3 mile two way feeder trail to a one way 7.4 mile one way loop both blazed with blue rectangles. There is also a side trail connecting this the trail to the Eastport trail (blazed with blue rectangles with a yellow dot). If you make it to the one way loop and aren't feeling it, you can just turn around and head back to the parking. This is another great trail maintained by CLIMB. Thanks to their tireless efforts this and many trails on Long Island are awesome.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter
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    This is a difficult intermetiate trail. Although nothing really technical, it will test your lungs and endurance. It is still very soft as it is brand new. It is up and down and never really flat. Not a good trail for the beginner.

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