Stillwell Woods

4.20 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (26)

Granny Gear

September 15, 2018
Review: 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.


August 27, 2018
MJB_MTB Gramcounter  
Review: 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.


December 5, 2017
Review: 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.

Similar Trail: Cunningham

Granny Gear

January 30, 2017
JayMTB Granny Gear  
Review: 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.

Granny Gear

November 21, 2016
Jeff Bloch Granny Gear  
Review: 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.

Granny Gear

September 14, 2016
munz0h Granny Gear  
Review: 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.

Bunny Hop

September 6, 2016
Review: 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.

Bunny Hop

January 18, 2016
Review: 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.

Similar Trail: Cunningham, Allaire

November 17, 2015
Review: For Long Island this is one of the top 3 places to ride. It's challenging, well maintained, varied, and covers a great distance. CLIMB has done really well here and for that it gets 5 stars.

For anybody coming into this from an area with actual mountains, it's a casual XC trail that is still super fun.

Granny Gear

November 8, 2015
bridgetbag Granny Gear  
Review: 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!!!

Stillwell Woods MTB Trail 4.20 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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