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Level: Intermediate
Length: 55 mi (88.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +568/ -598 ft
Total: 182 riders

Mountain Biking Stewart State Forest

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#4 of 298 mountain bike trails in New York
#324 in the world

Many trails to choose from with beginner to expert skill levels depending which trails you choose. It's best to hook up with a riding group that knows the area the first few time you are there. It's a huge riding area approx. 10miles in diameter of nothing but trails. You can check out the forums at http://www.HudsonValleyMTB.Com to hook up with a group there. Go to the "Find or post a group ride" forum and look for "Stewart Airport" or it's nickname "The Buffer Zone". The ride groups that post at this site know all of the really good trails as well.

Also for complete directions other than what I've posted you can check the same site http://www.HudsonValleyMTB.Com and go to "Places To Ride"

This is a type of ride area that once you've gone once...You'll want to go back again and again and again...

First added by alvin.santoy on Jun 11, 2004. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Stewart Airport Buffer Lands: Newburgh, NY (Orange County) From I-87 1)Take I-87 to the Newburgh exit. Don't miss it because the next exit is another 20 miles before you can turn around. 2)Follow the signs to the airport, turn right off the exit and start getting into the left lane. 3)Make a left at the light that the Nissan dealer is at. 4)Get in the right lane and follow to the end. You should pass Home Depot, Wallmart, and Moroney's Cycles. (Approx. 2 miles mabe a little more). 5)Make a right onto Rte-207 and follow 5-10 minutes to the main entrance on the right.Not sure what the new sign says but it's a shale covered parking lot with bolders to help organize parking. If you see a bunch of cars with bike racks your in the right spot.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Newburgh, New York

Intermediate | 10 mi

Rider questions

Q: Hello 1. I plan on making a road trip on Friday Dec 2, 2016...I am 3 hours away....can you let me know with all the rain if the trails are ok? 2. Is the park opened or closed tomorrow Friday Dec 2 for mnt biking (or is it closed for hunting?) THANK YOU!
A: ear round, except closed to non-hunters during regular big game hunting season. Portable toilets available from April into the Fall. Fee: Free

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  • Nick Anzalone

    Great place to ride. Lots of different trails and features. Great for all skill levels.

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  • Michael Romeo

    So much fun. I am definitely going back to explore the rest of the park. Fun flowing singletrack and enough climbs to get your heart pumping.

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  • William Fleischer

    great single track. some parts steep and tough climbs, but overall, loved it.

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  • bacan1

    Great place for night riding!

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  • Outdooracez71

    Really awesome place to ride. Trails are well kept.

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  • mahoney072

    Great place to begin. You can do upto 20 mile loops. Very well maintained trail system. If you use my cardio trainer app. You can see almost exactly where your going. Tough to get lost but it is such a huge play ground to have fun with. There are fire roads paved and un paved and single track branching off of them. 3-4 main parking lots on north, east and south west sides. This place really got me passionate about riding. Tons of friendly people that ride or run there also. Some nice views of ponds and some steep down hills that you have to search for.

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  • roadandmud

    Nice mix of trail types. We were here once and managed to get in a 20 mile ride. Hopefully heading back soon.

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  • NYMXer

    This place is so big that there is something for everyone but mostly easy to intermediate trails and dirt roads that you can ride or use to connect trials.
    I few porta-potties around but not much else for creature comforts so come prepared.
    Easy and short hills with lots of trails and other bikers. Definitely worth a try,
    Hit me up if you need a riding buddy out there, 845-866-7303 (Bill)

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  • Grant Harding

    Love this place. Tons of trails, so big you rarely see others on the trail. I'd also recommend stopping in the nearby shop, Dark Horse Cycles, super nice dudes, really close to the trailhead with the latest scoop on the trails. The trails aren't marked super well and it can be easy to lose your bearings, but I like the "wilderness-y" feel of that.. there are roads where you'll be able to reorient yourself.

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  • Phillychris498

    I did a race at Stewart and the trails were fantastic. rolling, fast singletrack with some rock faces that change the aspect of trail nicely. I'll be back to ride more of the stuff that the race didn't cover.

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  • BSAphex   ✓ supporter

    Flat, smooth, fast. All things that are tough to find in the NY/NJ highlands, but Stewart has it. Its a blast riding here. The flatter/smoother trails are in the south end of the park. You can really cook thru these trails. The northern side (btwn New Rd and Rte. 84) has steeper and rockier sections if you want them. Its all rideable and fun. Stewart can hold water on the trails in some areas so I'd wait at least a couple days (or more) after it rains to ride.

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  • Mastertos73

    Not a bad place to ride. Its not well marked but you can find your way. Be careful with bears. Its still a fun spot. Its easy to get lost.

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  • kas107

    All around great place, comprised of mostly fast rolling trails, there a technical opportunities for the very aggressive experienced riders as well. Far more than ten miles of trails, closer to sixty total miles of available trails if not more with at least five points of access that I'm aware of. Also home to the NYSMTB series SOS race and Joe Fix It's Sloppy Joe fundraiser and many other races. Don't miss this destination, just look out for horse back riders and what they forget to bring home with them.

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  • @biker_bran

    Stewart has everything. Basic carriage trails for beginners and intermediate and advanced trails for the rest of us. And its HUGE. Spend all day there, its worth it. Well maintained but be weary around hunting season.

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  • johnbro

    Over the last year or so, they have added signage to many of the trails. There's a wide variety of riding that fits all levels; old, partially paved roads, gentle trails, and more serious single track. A few bridges, not much in the way of jumps, but just a huge area and number of trails. I've been riding there for years and am still finding new trails. One of my favorite trails: Orchard.

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  • s.seary

    Many different trails, lots of singletrack, some doubletrack. Most trails will lead to and cross through several of that main roads in the park. Bring a map to maintain some sort of direction or get completely lost in the place, either way it's a fun ride. Lots of quick-flowing singletrack, some hilly ascents, and lots of power ascents with very rewarding downhill.

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  • RoadWarrior

    Dgilmour1 described the trail best. Just a lot of everything. Quick ride or all day epic. It's there, Some trails are signed, most not. A GPS is very helpful here, but not absolutely necessary as any of the old roads wiil eventualy get you out. Of course where you end up "out at" is another question.
    Stewart Forest is closed to all but hunters during the regular deer season. Nov 19- Dec 11 for 2011. www.dec.ny.gov/* Review edited 10/24/2011

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  • ac90002

    Nice flowing trails, next to no climbing & very few real challenges. Can be fun to whip through. Good area for new riders.

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  • Dgilmour1

    This place is absolutely great. Pack a lunch and spend the whole day riding on a complete variety of trails from wide open dirt roads, technical deep woods trails to screaming fast singletracks through the forest. This place has trails for riders of all skill levels. The scenery is amazing too with trails constantly opening up into serene settings of open fields, ponds, and swamps. Lots of wildlife everywhere as well. Have fun!

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  • earthly2

    A wonderful place to ride if you have a guide who knows the area otherwise its an unmarked series of trails that you want to go on but have no idea what lies ahead. Great rollers and lots of singletrack to be found for the adventerous out there. An all day ride is no problem in here if you have the knowledge of where you are, a GPS is a must if you don't.

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