Awesome, however not for beginners. This is mostly single track with a lot of stumps, Roots, broken and solid rock, very technical! And if you're crazy some jumps that are unreal. The scenery is great overlooking the quarry and Syracuse University. There is a need to be respectful of the land, as we should anywhere we ride, and you shouldn't have any trouble with occupying the trails. Just keep your eyes open for hikers.
Review: Having just moved back to syr I was missing all the singletrack of the hudson valley but I decided to check this out as I had been once before about five years ago. I was very surprised at the shear amount of trails and variety. I parked at the university and had no issues. I went on a whim and had no map but found trails quickly. If you trace your way around the edge of the quarry there is a rim trail that covers most of it but you can dive into the woods and find a ton more. I did about 9 miles total with hitting some trails twice. The jump lines are cool but not my cup o tea. So glad to have a slice of singletrack so close to home. Ride smart and be safe or we won't be able to ride this at all.
Review: Awesome. I think this might be the best single track rock quarry I have ridden. Lots of jumps great jumps. Really enjoyed this place. It is a real gem. Really tucked back in there. I parked at church off stonehouse road. Nice single track through Pune forest to start out
Review: Ladders, downhill jump lines, pump tracks-- Downhill courses with embankments. Miles and miles of various trails and some very long loops. There are so many remnents of ungroomed trails, jump lines and random ladders. Several extremely technical rock lines. Ledges everywhere and drops everywhere. Please don't overestimate your abilities here and ruin it for the rest of us.
Review: Hands down the best riding anywhere near Syracuse, but not for the first-timer. There's plenty of super techy singletrack with roots and rock gardens, as well as some brutal short climbs and cool jump/drop features. Trails can be hard to find the first few times there, but other riders are usually happy to show you around if you can find some. Probably around 14-15 total miles of trail here, but it's not obvious how it's all laid out. There's a great 11-mile continuous loop if you run it up and down the water tower hill, down under 481 to Clarks Reservation, then back to Skytop quarry and around that. Another awesome thing is that Skytop is almost always dry! While Shindagin, Highland Forest, etc are all slick, almost-unrideable mud pits for days after a storm, Skytop dries off almost instantly, so you can pretty much always count on the conditions being good, regardless of the weather.
Similar Trail: Shindagin Hollow? nothing really similar
Review: I have just got into mountain biking and this place is definitely over my head in some spots - but fun nonetheless.
The directions to get here from Apulia Rd - not good. I'm not sure if there is another entrance I don't know about , but we couldn't find it. We found the trailhead from the church on Old Stonehouse Rd, as well as the entrance at the top of the Skytop Parking Lot on SU's South Campus. Either one will work fine - they just put you on opposite ends of the quarry.
Awesome ride - will go again!
Review: Incredible variety, great place to ride. It's in 3 sections - an area of twisty trails and jumps, the old quarry, which includes some pretty crazy drops and vertical trails and a wooded area that has some great trails and serious jumps. Pretty technical in parts and downright scary in others but something for almost any skill level
Review: Great trails out here had a great time. Only draw back is that there are quite a few posted signs about and as you enter across from the church there is a great deal of trash thrown around which is a pretty solid indicator that your still pretty close to the City. Overall there are some nice challenges and the trails seem to offer a little something for every skill level.
Review: these place is so nice i ride here all the time. It is loaded with dirt jumps, ladders, single track, and downhill. the dirt jumps are so nice the largest are abot 10-13 foot gaps. The ladders are 4-5 ft high. watch out for the quarry there are lots of hidden places to find
Review: Jamesville Beach COUNTY Park has no known mountain bike trails. bcrosby needs to get his facts straight. If indeed this is a trail that can be accessed by beginning at Jamesville Beach, then the Park Manager needs to know.