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Old 08-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Good off road areas to get lost in near NYC?

Hey y'all,

I've recently got into adventure riding and bought a F800GS and have fully equipped it. I wanted to ask you guys and see if you know of any good rides, trails, fire roads that I could go test my bike and learn riding off road. I'm a big camper (grew up in Wyoming/Montana) so something that I can go off road and get lost in. I know that you don't have as much wilderness as out west but I'm sure there is enough

I appreciate it!
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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Hey y'all,

I've recently got into adventure riding and bought a F800GS and have fully equipped it. I wanted to ask you guys and see if you know of any good rides, trails, fire roads that I could go test my bike and learn riding off road. I'm a big camper (grew up in Wyoming/Montana) so something that I can go off road and get lost in. I know that you don't have as much wilderness as out west but I'm sure there is enough

I appreciate it!
Lots of dirt roads in Bedford, NY area.

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Old 08-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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Lots of fire roads in Bedford, NY area.
Those aren't fire roads. Those are simply dirt roads and all of them are well maintained.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #6
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Those aren't fire roads. Those are simply dirt roads and all of them are well maintained.
Yeah. I'm originally from Westchester County, though that was long ago.

There is very little public "fire road" riding in the northeast if the term is meant literally. I know my own area well enough to trailboss dualsport events for my club, and there is only one big landowmner in my area who has actual fire roads (for firefighting access to his woodlands) and those are all gated and posted. The Northeast is wet enough that crown fires like those that burn tens or hundreds of thousands of acres at a time in the West are a rarity; when we get a "forest fire" it usually means a duff fire.

Where I live now we do have a lot of good dualsport riding on unmaintained Town roads that are still public roads but since nobody lives on them the Towns don't bother to maintain them. They vary greatly in degree of difficulty from stuff that would beat up an Enduro rider on a 2-stroke, to things soccer mom could drive her SUV on. But they are not "fire roads". VT/NH has a lot of stuff like that too, call 'em "Class 6" or "Class 4" roads or whatever (I "fergit"), but those are not fire roads either, just accidents of history.

I was really surprised to hear someone say there were a lot of fire roads in Bedford as my 1st wife was from nearby Pound Ridge and I hadn't seen any.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:59 AM   #7
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Hey y'all,

I've recently got into adventure riding and bought a F800GS and have fully equipped it. I wanted to ask you guys and see if you know of any good rides, trails, fire roads that I could go test my bike and learn riding off road. I'm a big camper (grew up in Wyoming/Montana) so something that I can go off road and get lost in. I know that you don't have as much wilderness as out west but I'm sure there is enough

I appreciate it!
As soon as the weather cools down a bit I'm going to head do a few local trails, I'll keep you posted on the date and location.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:42 AM   #8
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Agreed, no fire roads in Westchester. The horsey set in Bedford, while stylishly living on dirt or gravel roads, don't want them anything less than perfectly groomed.

They were fun after the last hurricane, lots got pretty washed out, but they were quickly regraded to suburban perfection.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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True no fire roads, but some of the horsey roads can be fun. The level of maintenance is variable. I am doing them pretty regularly (until I can get a trailer for my thumper). Also check out North Salem.

There's a thread somewhere in this forum with a link to a google map of Westchester dirt.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:03 PM   #10
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Hey MR. Trump...
Come on out to the Greater Catskills Area BK.RD.Run Version 4.0 Aug. 25th & 26th 2012

See thread -- http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=779679

The camping at Peaceful Valley Campground is great, and you'll meet some inmates that will.. er.. tell you where to go. No entry fee, make some new friends, informal ride.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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You might want going up the Delaware River

either from Port Jervis, NY or Stroudsberg PA, then explore the Catskills.

there are some tracks in this thread.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=721895
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