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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +157/181 ft
Total: 183 riders
 

Mountain Biking Stillwell Woods

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#300 of 317 mountain bike trails in New York
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Stillwell is not too technical but does have some tricky places. There are a few black diamond alternate routes on the back side that are fun. The climbs are short but moderately steep with a good deal of sand to they can be tough if you're not in the right gear. Stillwell links up to the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt trail to the south. The greenbelt is an easier trail, but it's good to add a little distance onto your ride after doing a loop of Stillwell. also, check out more Long Island trails info on the C.L.I.M.B. web site. www.climbonline.org

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
About 2 miles East of 135 on 25 near Syosset, Long Island. Look for a large supermarket on the North side of the road. Next to the supermarket is the trailhead parking lot. Lunch truck usually parked in lot sells extra tubes, etc...
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Good (Jul 7, 2019)
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  • Joseph R Rivera
    ****

    Very fun trail system I tried the blacks for the first time and had a blast up until my friend flatted and didn't have a spare tube and no patch kit. Otherwise I can call this my favorite place to ride.

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  • MJB_MTB
    *****

    This place has seen a lot of action. The trails are well worn but that's what makes them so much fun. The worn out turns in the northern section of the park have turned the trails into swoopy chutes with bermed turns and a few small drops. Throughout the park there are plenty of places in the low spots where sand has collected to make little sand traps which might present a challenge at high speeds. This is the only trail network I have ridden on Long Island that is somewhat worthy of the black diamonds designations on sections of trail. Except for a few spots it's not really technical at all, but by LI standards it packs a bit of a punch. There are some assorted features such as log/rock rollers, drops and the log "steps" going down some of the chutes. You can ride this place pretty fast and it's definitely a good time. It's short so you can get in a few laps and not wear yourself out.

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  • Grant Harding
    *****

    Well-used, fun trail about 40 minutes from Brooklyn. Nothing too technical, but great if you want to put the pedal to the metal for a few laps. Some tight twisty tech, short punchy climbs, and some fun berm-y chutes. Lots of runners after school lets out.

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  • JayMTB
    *****

    Fun trail ranging from easy to slightly more advanced, but definitely a great time! Can be completed in about 40 minutes or so. Here's a short video from my last ride.

    https://youtu.be/IktdiQrM658

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  • Jeff Bloch
    *****

    I love riding here! For short rides I'll park at the trailhead. For longer rides I start in Bethpage State Park and ride up the greenbelt trail. Considering it's Long Island. I was pleasantly surprised at how isolated it felt. The beginner trail is great. Very well maintained. Thank you C.L.I.M.B.!

    There are some great black-diamond trails on the northeast side of the park.

    The south side of the park, which runs along the LIRR tracks is a lot of fun. Save some energy if you go that route, you'll have a strong up-hill climb to get back to the trailhead.

    My only complaint has to do with coming north on the greenbelt trail. When you cross under the LIRR tracks, the trail blazes are a bit confusing. Also, I was pretty ambitious and wanted to bike the greenbelt trail all the way to Cold Spring Harbor. The trails in Stillwell Woods run one direction which meant that I needed to go all the way around (past the Stillwell Woods trailhead) to get north. The other issue I ran into was the fact that once you get to the north-end of Stillwell Woods, there are signs posted that say the trail is for hiking only. No biking.

    I agree with the other reviews (especially about watching out for other bikers/hikers)

    I ride Cathedral Pines, Calverton, Hither Hills, Edgewood Preserve... Stillwell Woods is still my favorite. Glacier Ridge is next on my list.

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  • munz0h
    ****

    CLIMB did a great job with this trail. But IMAGINE what it could be if more building was allowed. Throw in a few skinnies, some drops and jumps and this is a 5-star track.

    Lot of hikers and runners so be careful.

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  • Limerock M3
    *****

    A little bit of everything. Full loop with all the black diamonds and locomotive breath is about 6 miles of single-track with roots, small rock gardens, sand, small drops, some tight turns and some short steep climbs and downhills. At a decent pace it takes all of 40 minutes bit is a good fun workout.

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  • MisplacedPants
    ****

    Stillwell is a fun, flowing trail system with occasional technical challenges. Yes, the topography and geography of the region limit elevation but that's just the way it is. There are still plenty of fun little ups and downs, as well as wide corners that can be railed at speed. Challenge here lies in riding the trails fast and in control. You can pretty much hammer your pedals the entire time.

    There are some drops and short, steep roller sections on the hardest (black) trails that can be intimidating. First time around I did not hit them all. However they're all very doable and intermediate and advanced riders should have no problem. Some fun footy sections, gravel, and a few larger rocks but it's mostly oriented toward flow. Beginners will have some problems with these features but they can totally have fun and learn a lot on most of Stillwell's trails, without being terrified. All in all its a fun trail system for any level of rider.

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  • bridgetbag
    *****

    This trail was the most fun I've had so far on any trail! I'm not sure I was even supposed to be on this trail since I have a regular old 10 speed, but I had a blast. Did the "easy" trail fairly quickly, so decided to try the "intermediate" trail, which was so much fun i think i giggled the whole time, but there were times i had to get off the bike and walk it up a hill that my rear tires just couldn't get traction on because of all the wet leaves this time of year, but i was grinning from ear to ear even an hour after i had left. There is also an "advanced" trail, but knew my bike couldn't handle it. This place is 5 stars all the way!!!

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  • ColeC
    ****

    This trail is awesome and very large. You can ride it as a loop or network it almost all the way to jones beach...the beginner track is super short and easy, the intermediate is a lot of fun not too tough some good climbs and descends, the expert trail is really sick if you know what you are doing and have good control at high speeds...some cool obstacles....just watch out for sand and loose gravel

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  • ****

    This trail consist of a tight singletrack that features small drops, berms, and small up hills and downhills. Nothing too technical here with exception of some drops and stairs on the black trail. Best trails are black comming of the intermediate and a red trail. Many roots all over the trails. Send pits are a plenty. The best part is that it connects with greebelt and bethpage so you can pick up some extra miles. Good XC workout.

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  • wakefreek617
    **

    Be forewarned; if you are from anywhere but Long Island this trail system is basically a skinny fire road. The largest hill can be conquered in 10 pedal strokes, and surface is mostly sand and sometimes very course gravel. No features to speak of - man made or natural. Might be an ok XC workout if you do several loops, but don't expect much flow or technical lines.

    From noting LI riders there, you would think you need a $5k full squish to ride this trail - hardtail with 80mm or less is perfect.

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  • jts140
    ****

    Rode this while in NY for Christmas, decent trail.. If looking for an XC workout this would do great has numerous trails off intermediate trail. Can make a nice long ride by adding all loops and repeating. For some reason it is listed as 4 mile loop on numerous websites . Maybe the outer easy loop is 4 miles but we did over 6 miles on a short time limit and there was plenty more to do. Checkout website "climb" for Long Island trail maps.

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  • 416to212
    ****

    This trail is cut out for a hardcore XC style rider. It's not so technical as it is loose and sandy. It's a trail better suited to hardtails and light dual suspension set ups. If your idea of a great ride is to go anaerobic then this is your best bet on Long Island.

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  • Johneblz
    ****

    This trail has some tough short hills with sand and gravel which can stall you at times. There is a very easy main loop with various trails that branch out all over the place. Lot of fun and a fast ride. Some technical areas and even a few black diamonds. Lost my way once so be careful if you zone out on your rides.

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  • Mookhead

    Nice Singletrack workout with a NEW challenging mile added at the end.

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  • kevinoriol
    ****

    decent place to ride that's not too far from the city.* Review edited 10/15/2008

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  • bikeit420
    ****

    Short but b*** kicking. What it lacks in distance it makes up for in short steap climbs. Nice technical ride. Never really gives you a break till your done!

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  • LIMTBKR
    *****

    Intermediate to advanced single track...This trail will kick your butt...One of the most technical singletracks in the area

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