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The trail markers here are... not the best.

The trail itself was a nice walk, but there were a lot of cyclists so there was a lot of stopping and moving over. We saw one other person walking their dog but it is predominantly a cycling trail.

I would definitely return here to bike, but probably not to walk.

hiking
17 days ago

Love this place. People always present and friendly. I’ve lost 200 lbs in my life and the last 60 of it going up and down this hill♥️❤️

hiking
17 days ago

Loved this trail- lots of twists and turns and hills

hiking
23 days ago

it was a good steep climb to the tower, would definitely come back to it again

definitely a good hike. thank God for our map though because the signs are super confusing.

Great morning for a Cub Scout hike. Trails struck a good balance for all the participants.

Great!

my fkin domaine baby

Great walk. Flat with the water next to you the entire walk. Birds chirping, turkeys vultures cooling their wings on the path. Lots of fishermen on the river.

Love the intensity of this hike to the top. Beautiful and nice to walk downhill on the way out...

Sandy roads get a little tough unless you've got a mountain bike. Had to push my skinny-tire commuter bike for a ways. Turned back around at Robbins Rest because sand was too thick and pushing the bike was lame. Interesting little towns/villages/whatever. Lighthouse was nice, but not open for climbing when I was there in the morning.

Was a nice trail but signs were very confusing. We followed the signs carefully but kept backtracking to get back on the trail. In order to stay on the trail you have to go away from the signs.

Trail is well maintained and safe. No inclines and can be walked leisurely. No issues with sharing. Plenty of residential parking available on La Riviera.

hiking
1 month ago

10/24/2018-took my Webelos den for a required hike after school. A few bikes, and was not easy to get the boys in tune with the right of way. Lots of turns an change in terrain. Boys thoroughly enjoyed the area. Next time I would take a smaller group. Parking limited, and close to a busy hospital exit.

hiking
2 months ago

Lower trail was a little crowded as there was a run going on. Once we got off the main path, it was a nice quite hike. Nice views and once the leaves drop I'm sure even better.

walking
2 months ago

Nice flat walking path. Saw only one other person walking with his dog for about 1/8 of mile. Quiet, peaceful. Zero shade so prob not the best for a super hot day, was low 70’s and breezy so it was perfect. Plenty of parking too.

Only con is there are only a few trash cans near the parking lot....had to carry poop bags for about 6 miles....lesson learned.

fun trail

birding
2 months ago

Beautiful, peaceful, challenging, calming, great for everyone.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place with amazing views. The trails are dog friendly and allowed. You aren’t “supposed” to have dogs on the beach but there were many of them playing on the sand and water. Nice and clean. Highly recommend

mountain biking
2 months ago

Excellent fun trail. My first time riding on Long Island. The trails were smooth and flowing compared to the rocks and hills I normally ride in PA. While the black diamond loops are not super technical they are the most fun parts of the trail to ride and do get the heart rate up.

We left from our campsite #11. We hiked trail and ended at our campsite. It was pretty easy going. A few places were a question due to no markers. But we followed the all trails map. If you do not take the black trail turnoffs it comes to about 5 miles. Stay on the blue trail and you will end where you started. The mountain bikers share trail. But they were all really cool. We just moved over when they passed. Great trail.

road biking
2 months ago

I like to park at or near the Rivers Edge restaurant on Riviera at Watt. I follow the Watt bridge on-ramp over the river to the American River Recreation area bike trail. That parking pot also serves a bike store, a couple of Brew pubs, and a Big Lots store.

Was a great hike, lots of trees and was worth the drive to visit it.

nice views, some nice nature pics if you take photos.

walking
3 months ago

relaxing trail to feel at one with nature, complete with some great spots to dip your toes in the water and perhaps even make some friends

trail running
3 months ago

Cathedral Pines is nice and diverse for walking and trail running. I love that it's relatively shady and has bathrooms, which are open all year round.

There is camping here, tent camping has the coolest little private spots, like bungalows in the woods. RVs/trailers are allowed as well but their spots are in an open field.

The people who manage the park suck. The woman who oversees everything had a really bad attitude when I was reserving my camping spot.

Another thing I noticed about the park is its questionable safety. I wouldn't go alone, just because there are some shady characters. One instance, I had an SUV of guys driving around where I was running back to my car, when I stopped, they happened to stop as well to "ask me a question". That's when I noticed the rear passengers had an open container of alcohol.

Additionally, I was grilling once, when some random dude came from the back woods, disregarded my tent set up, and chose to walk right through my camp instead of around it. Just be aware of your surroundings here.

steps and hills give it a great change from the average walk.

The views are spectacular, on a clear day the NYC skyline is visible as well as the Robert Moses causeway .

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great trail for new and experienced riders. Lots of roots and mostly flat

on Meadowlark Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Much more interesting than many other LI trails. Only gentle elevation changes, just enough with the switchbacks to keep interested. Saw a doe and her yearling. She wasn't worried about us.
The red lined "map and 3.6 miles" must be false, as the map on site (in the middle of the trail, only !) shows the perimeter as a bridle path, there are many interior switchbacks. We usually average 2-2.5 miles per hour on trails, like the AT/LT.... this one took us 2.5 hours.
Other than that, the blue trail is definitely well marked. Take the red subtrail...adds to the fun.
We will return !

For passenger vehicle parking, try University Avenue near Guy West Bridge (zoom in on map to find where Guy West Bridge is located). And the side streets within the circle of University Avenue. Check street signs for time limit and confirm if any permits are required. Many spin-off dirt trails towards the river accessible by walkers and horses only. Dirt trails away from river accessible by all three users = hikers, bikers, horses.

Please respect other trail users. Please be wise and keep your dog on a leash. There's too much traffic on this section of the ART and you'd be heartbroken if another dog attacked your dog, or if a cyclist collided with your dog. Flexi-leashes are dangerous to cyclists and runners. You also don't know how your dog might respond to a horse. Some dogs go ballistic when they see a horse, which is dangerous to horseback riders. Keep your dog close to you. Thank you.

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