Chasing a dream? ATV riders still hope for public trail on L.I.


Every year, ATV users from Suffolk head to upstate New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond, spending thousands of dollars on food and lodging along the way, to get their riding fix. That, or they ride illegally through woods, bluffs and beaches.
The reason? Five years after Suffolk County formed a task force that found there is a need for a public trail for all-terrain vehicles here, local riders are still without a place to go.
County officials say space is the number one issue. ATV riders say it’s the perception that their sport is dangerous and environmentally intrusive. Still, the search for a public riding trail, one that could be a revenue source for the county through membership fees, continues.

Read the full report by Vera Chinese in Thursday’s edition of the Riverhead News-Review, or online at