>>>>Do you happen to have an address of the trail head or the place I would be able to park and ride?<<<<<
You start at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh, which can be accessed from the Merrick Road exit on the Wantagh Parkway (see below or go to my website and look under "Long Island"). When you get to the end of the bikeway, if there's no one in the Jones Beach Theater parking lot, you can take your chances and try riding across the lot to the ocean, but you may get stopped and warned if a patrol car happens to pull into the lot at just the wrong time. Tell him you're from Jersey and you didn't know any better and he/she will probably let you off. Just don't be a jerk about it. If you want to play it safe, walk your bike across the lot (quite a distance). Either way, once you reach the tunnel that takes you to the ocean front, you'll need to dismount.
As far as AdamDZ's comment about the wind, yes, know in advance that the headwind as you're riding toward the beach can slow you down a bit. But the ride back is usually an awesome pay-off. Cedar Creek Park closes at dusk, so leave yourself some time for a few laps. Or, just head to the beach, relax and enjoy, then head back. Many of us here on the Island do this ride every night in the summer and fall, take a break on the beach end to either swim, listen to a sound check at the theater, grab a snack or a drink, and head back with a monster tailwind.
If the photos below show up, note that they really don't do the ride any justice at all. The whole trip is about the views of the bay, the boats passing under you, and the smell of the ocean.
Have fun, and get back to me if you need any more info!
2. Cedar Creek Park To Jones Beach
via Wantagh Parkway / Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway
(It’s all about the ride back!)
Cool off on a hot summer day with this popular bike and roller blade route to one of Long Island's most famous and popular south shore beaches. It's a safe, paved 4.5 mile trail that runs along the Wantagh State Parkway to Zack's Bay, site of the Jones Beach Theater, where major artists perform outdoors all summer long. At the end of the trail, there's a place to lock your bike and walk over to Zack's Bay, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in shallow, still water.
Food and refreshments are available when the bay is open, as are picnic facilities. If you don't mind walking about a mile beyond the end of the bike trail, you can walk across the Jones Beach Theater parking lot to the main boardwalk area of Jones Beach, where you’ll find a snack bar with outdoor eating, a gift shop, and, sometime soon, Donald Trump's new oceanfront restaurant. Bicycling is permitted on the boardwalk between October 1 and March 1 only.
The ride from Cedar Creek Park to the beach is all along the water, so there's always a cool breeze blowing. In fact, novice riders may find the wind a little frustrating, especially when ascending one of the three moderate hills along the route. However, the wind is usually only a factor as you're heading toward the beach. A tailwind usually makes the return trip a worthwhile payoff! One warning: This trail can get very crowded in the summer months and many of the users are roller bladers who need more clearance than bicyclists. Be careful and be sure to let bladers, walkers, and joggers know you're coming!
To get to Cedar Creek Park, take the Wantagh State Parkway to exit W6 (Merrick Road East). The entrance to the park comes up shortly on your right. Continue until you see a parking field in front of a covered picnic area. The entrance to the trail is to the right of the picnic area. Just follow the riders and skaters.
NOTE: This path is maintained by the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club. Visit their website at www.massparkbikeclub.org to say thanks!