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Bay Ridge to Montauk. Pit stop ideas?

Old 06-28-13, 08:20 PM
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Bay Ridge to Montauk. Pit stop ideas?

My friends and I are thinking of doing a ride from Bay Ridge to Montauk which would mean doing the entire length of Long Island. We plan on doing it over a few days and camping along the way. Has anyone on here done the same route or something similar and have any advice or ideas for us?
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The two campgrounds I'm aware of in Nassau County are at Nickerson Beach on Long Beach Island, and Battle Row Campground in Bethpage.


Then assorted Suffolk County facilities.


As well as the NY State facilities as Wildwood (north shore, near Wading River) and Hither Hills, on the west side of Montauk.

So which you facility you head to is dependent on your desired route and how much distance you want to ride each day. Note as well that in summer these facilities are often full.. Hither Hills is heavily used so getting a reservation can be a problem.

As to how to get to Long Island from Bay Ridge, the obvious easy route is the bike path along the Belt Parkway from Knapp Street to Flatbush, which as BTW is a sand walk over man-made dunes for about 100 -200 feet at Plumb Beach. If it were me, I'd simply use Ave. U to Flatbush then south along the path/sidewalk, skipping Plumb Beach.

Then the Flatbush path (on the Floyd Bennet Field/east side of Flatbush) to the Marine Parkway Bridge (Yes, you can ride over, paths on the west side), to the Rockaways. Then Rockaway Beach Blvd., to Shore Front, back to Rockaway Beach, to Edgmere Ave. (Just south of the A train tracks) to Seagirt. At this point you will have noticed the "B2B" markings on the pavement. That's the Bike to Beach route (a ride in May) that heads to Westhampton Beach from South Street. It's a good route thru Long Island and unless you detour to Battle Row, is a route east along the south shore of LI. This route, as BTW is also the route of the Ride to Montauk century.

Once you know what daily distances you plan on, and which campgrounds you are heading for, I can offer better advice.

EDIT: I've also ridden this entire route, from Knapp Street to as far as the Rt27/Montauk Hwy intersection out in Great River. If you Google "Ride to Montauk map" you might find an on-line map created by somebodies GPS.


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I've ridden the whole way on the Ride to Montauk. I didn't camp but did it in one long day. This is pretty much the route I took: https://www.mapmyride.com/us/weehawke...route-38064920 I highly recommend the trip.

A variation I've ridden several times is to head north at Quogue and follow the North Fork to Greenport and then take the ferries across Shelter Island to Sag Harbor. It's also gorgeous. You miss more of the hoity-toity Hamptons, but you have a lot less traffic and have more variety of scenery on your route. Google Maps in cycling mode will show you a good route.
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