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Ride the North Fork Bike trails from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

September 5th, 2021 by Mark Macnish

 

Aerial view of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast showing some of the amazing views you can see while biking.

Another aerial view of the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast showing how close our private beach on Long Island Sound is, and location between the Sound and the Arshamomuck inlet to the south. We also own a private path and beach access to the inlet, just to the rear of the BnB.

Ride the North Fork Bike trails from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. Traveling from beach to beach on two wheels on the picturesque North Fork of Long Island provides exercise and relaxation. The North Fork’s network of lightly trafficked small highways and town roads provide ample thoroughfares for enjoyable biking. And when your tour is done, cool down and unwind where it began- at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.

North Fork showing the three different bike loops, boxed in green

Just a short way east on the North Road (CR 48), a right turn on Soundview Avenue begins the trail. Follow Soundview Ave. until you come to Lighthouse Road. Take a right to Horton’s Point Lighthouse. This historic lighthouse and museum  has a front lawn that offers breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound. Don’t forget to seek out the  locally famous “thousand steps” to the rocky sound beach. Picnic benches are provided for the first rest area on your tour. Click for more information on the historic lighthouse.

Don’t miss the local landmark “thousand steps” to the Sound beach on the lighthouse grounds. If your bike ride isn’t exercise enough, going up and down these steps will be! On a hot day you can take a dip at the bottom to cool off.

Historic Horton’s Point Lighthouse is one of the first stops on the tour.

Continuing on, go south on Lighthouse Road until you are back to Soundview. When you reach the Horton’s Lane intersection, your choice is to either continue on your tour of the Sound or take the Bayview loop. Either one is a great choice. If you have the time and the energy you could do both! To finish the Soundview loop you would continue to three beaches and two more picnic areas, not to mention the views of the Sound and local ponds.

Local fishermen cast their lines standing on large boulders at the sound beach.

Continue your journey on the Bayview loop

If you choose to go on to Bayview, your adventure would include a trip through historic Southold Town, with its quaint shops, restaurants and landmark buildings.

You’ll ride by the Southold Presbyterian Church and many other local historic landmark buildings.

Charming shops and restaurants line the quaint streets of historic Southold village.

If you didn’t bring your picnic lunch, you could always stop in town for a bite. Following the loop south of town you will cross the Jockey Creek Bridge to Pine Neck Road.

Ride over Jockey Creek bridge to see the North Fork’s estuaries from different vantage points.

Here you can choose to go by the Indian Museum and Custer Institute and Observatory on to two more picnic areas and beaches. The Peconic Bay offers sandy beaches and waters that are less choppy and warmer than the sound, but the views and vistas are just a picturesque.

An inviting boardwalk beckons you on to McCabe’s beach

And if for some reason that’s not enough for you, there are two more trails.To the west, the Mattituck-Cutchogue loop. To the east, the Orient loop. More details on these trails can be found here. More information is available for the town beaches and parks by clicking the links.

In addition to all these amazing sites Shorecrest is within easy biking distance of many local wineries. Check out our recent blog that tells you about them and how to get to them!

So when you pack your bags for your stay at Shorecrest, don’t forget to throw your bike on the rack for and unforgettable cycling experience.

While Greenport isn’t on the loop in this blog, it still makes a great biking destination and is very close to Shorecrest B&B. Plot out your own route using this map.

End your tour with a restful view of the sunset from the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast private beach.

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