Summary: The Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway consists of 4.4 miles of paved surface that parallels the Wantagh Parkway from Cedar Creek Park to Jones Beach. To one side is a fairly uninspiring highway that can be disturbingly close and without a separating guardrail. To the East, however, are marshes, waterways and tidal flats and all the nature and scenery that comes with it.
The Southern terminus of the trail ends in a huge set of bike racks and signs warning that bicycles are not allowed on Jones Beach. Off-season there might not be anyone around to stop you from riding down to the boardwalk but if you want to save yourself the toll on the Wantagh Parkway and the parking fees at Jones Beach, park at Cedar Creek and rollarblade or bike down to the beach.
Trailhead: Take the Wantagh State Parkway to exit W6 heading East on Merrick Road. The entrance to Cedar Creek Park is less than a quarter mile on your right. There are rest rooms, water fountains, picnic pavilions and plenty of parking.
Trail Guides for Jones Beach Bikeway:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Nassau County Park Rangers 516-572-0300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Laurie on 4/29/2011
I love to ride the trail! The emptier the trail, the better. Traffic can be discouraging. No one wants to be stuck behind slow riders when there isn't room to pass LOL Patience and safety are a must on the most crowded days. A beautiful way to enjoy the outdoors and a glorious ride on a nice day.
Reviewed by Viewer on 10/2/2009
Please be aware that this beautiful bike path/hiking trail with its entrance from Cedar Creek Park will, if a recent proposal goes through, be moved onto a residential side street and the park (as quaint as it is now) is possibly going to be turned into an amusement park (of sorts) with go-carts, etc. Please fight for the beauty of our park (with bike path entrance) at facebook/Save Cedar Creek Park (Seaford, NY). Thank you.
Reviewed by LCC on 6/20/2008
Run it all year round. Quiet in winter, busiest on Memorial day weekend and July 4 when families bike down to Jones Beach. Occassional idiots driving on Wantagh Parkway honk horns or yell out obsenities. Southern most temporary bridge is very narrow, and most bikers do not walk their bikes over.
Reviewed by J on 4/20/2006
Better rollerblading and biking than hiking since it's a paved path and frequented by people on wheels. Also, there is no toll on the Wantagh Parkway!
Reviewed by Bud on 3/17/2006
One addition to Giselma's review: the prohibition on bike riding after the bike lockup on Wantagh Parkway lasts from April 30 until October 30. During the months of November-April, one can ride to and on the Boardwalk.
Reviewed by jorma on 6/22/2005
nothing short of a super jorma
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