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Stillwell Woods Preseve

Syossett, NY (Nassau County)
Length: 4 miles across 260 acres
Difficulty: 60% beginner, 30% intermediate, 10% expert
Description: Compared to the rocky trails of Westchester and Northern New Jersey, the trails of Long Island are smooth, fast and considerably easier on a technical level. Skilled riders can still enjoy a fast blast around the race-course-like bermed and gullied trails, while beginners will enjoy being able to ride on trails without frequently dismounting, or feeling like they should be wearing shin guards. Stillwell is also a fantastic trail system for singlespeeders, as the hills are modest and there are virtually no slow-speed, high-torque situations. The trails are exceedingly well marked and well cared-for by CLIMB (http://www.climbonline.org), and CLIMB has just recently opened a mountain bike interpretive trail for families and absolute beginners, making Stillwell a perfect “first ride.” Stillwell connects to the Long Island Greenbelt trail, making it possible to ride from Stillwell down the Greenbelt to Bethpage State Park on mountain bike trails (with a number of road crossings, of course). Alternately, many people park at the Greenbelt trail parking lot on Jericho Turnpike and ride up the Greenbelt into Stillwell.
Directions: By Car- Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit TK (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway). Go East (right) on Jericho Turnpike, and you’ll find the parking lot on your left just past the grocery store shopping center. Drive time is 30-45 minutes from NYC. By public transportation- Take the LIRR (Port Jefferson Branch) to Cold Spring Harbor. From the parking lot, turn left on Woodbury Road. Be careful, as the shoulder along this road is not very wide, and traffic can speed past. You’ll come across what was a steep hill on you right, which is currently a construction area. Turn in and look for the small trail head on your right. Take this up to where it intersects with the bicycling trail, and ride into Stillwell on the Greenbelt trail, crossing under the LIRR tracks just before you enter Stillwell proper..
Trail Map:
CLIMB Trail maps
Photos:
Stillwell Photos
Links:
CLIMB Trails