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Old 05-23-21, 07:36 AM
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coastal fatbiking in New England

Can anyone recommend any areas of the New England coast where there'd be a decent uninterrupted stretch of sand for fatbiking? Doesn't have to be "nice" sand, rocky is fine as long as it isn't boulders you have to climb over. I live in RI near Narragansett Bay and there are some short stretches where I can ride my fat bike along the shore, but there are a lot of inlets, marshes etc that are uncrossable (and not easily bypassed with a road) so there's never a very long stretch. I have heard that Block Island is pretty much sand/small rocks all the way around the perimeter of the island and could be entirely rideable on a fatbike (with a couple of on-road detours to cross breachways, etc, which is fine.) Or how about the CT coast? The National Seashore on Cape Cod is a long stretch of uninterrupted sand but being national park land I am pretty sure fatbiking on it would not be allowed.
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You're correct about the National Seashore, https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvis...l-seashore.htm Bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails or on beaches.
Some more ideas, mostly around what I know about MA (lots of rocky or private coastline here)
- I have heard/seen good reports of fat biking on Block Island.
- Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA looks like it has about a 2.5mi stretch and I've seen people biking there.
- Duxbury Beach allows vehicle oversand access (with a permit) so I would imagine bikes are OK; quick search produces https://rootsrated.com/boston-ma/cycling/duxbury-beach
- Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable https://www.town.barnstable.ma.us/sa...20Tire%20Bikes - probably your best value for the driving effort
I would check out the state reservations, maybe give them a call - a couple others in MA are South Cape Beach, Salisbury Reservation. Plum Island is going to be closed to even walking on the beach during the summer because of birds nesting.
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Great suggestions, thanks! Another MA state reservation that might be a possibility (and is not far from me) is Horseneck Beach in Westport (and the nearby Goosebury Island.)
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Log Island. Longest beaches in the NE
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Log Island. Longest beaches in the NE
What are your favorite long LI beaches?
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What are your favorite long LI beaches?
I dont have a fat bike but you can ride east from Robert Moses State Park for 18 miles or, I think there might be restrictions at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area. You can also find sand at Montauk and ride west for a long ways.
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I dont have a fat bike but you can ride east from Robert Moses State Park for 18 miles or, I think there might be restrictions at the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area. You can also find sand at Montauk and ride west for a long ways.
Cool, thanks. Montauk looks like the better bet ... from the info I found, there are a lot of restrictions on riding a bike on Fire Island and even getting a bike there in the first place. (I mean, you can bring one in your car. But apparently you can't take a bike on the Fire Island ferry and you can't ride it across the bridge either.)
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Cool, thanks. Montauk looks like the better bet ... from the info I found, there are a lot of restrictions on riding a bike on Fire Island and even getting a bike there in the first place. (I mean, you can bring one in your car. But apparently you can't take a bike on the Fire Island ferry and you can't ride it across the bridge either.)
When I looked at the Fire Island Nat'l Seashore website, I didn't see any beach restrictions. This is likely because they allow permitted cars to have access from Robert Moses State Park east to the assorted communities that are not federal land. I only saw the restriction noted above. Thus I'd bet you could pay to park at RMSP ($8), then ride east. You could as well pay to park at Montauk Point SP and ride the north fork shore west on the north side. That too is open to 4WD vehicles (with permit) so I'd bet bikes are allowed. Then there's the Cedar Beach lot just west of Fire Island Inlet and close to the Robert Moses causeway. You could park there and ride west as far as Jones Beach. There are some town beached (Babylon and Oyster Bay) where the lifeguards might say something.
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