"Take Me to the Forest"


Get ready to ride wide open spaces and singletrack!

Stewart State Forest is an amazing resource in Orange County, New York, just 65 miles from New York City, and easily accessible from I-84 and I-87 (NY Thruway).

We've got courses for all levels of off-road riding experience. Our trailmasters have put together courses you will love! Course offerings are 8 ½, 10 miles; and about 17 miles. The 8 ½ mile course is for beginning cyclists and families and is entirely on old roads. The 10 mile course adds three easy trails to the old roads. The long course, for intermediate and experienced riders, is mostly SSF singletrack with a few road sections.

You could certainly do the short course with a hybrid, but we recommend mountain bikes if you want to try the trails. Even the old roads can be gravelly, the wider your tires the better! See the FAQ page for more info on the ride & routes.

We start around 9am, with a rolling registration (intermediate / experienced @ 9:00, Green-Dot trails @9:30, and Beginner/Family @10:00). We will have an en-route rest stop for a little refueling during your ride, and then after your ride, change into your new American-made 2017 bike tour t-shirt (another reason to pre-register!), enjoy a delicious lunch and maybe do a walking tour to learn more about the wonderful Stewart lands.

Start/finish: We start at the intersection of Weed Rd and Ridge Rd, inside the Forest. Come to the Weed Rd entrance to SSF where volunteers will direct you on parking, and ride to the start. If you can carpool, please do! The Weed Rd. entrance is just a few miles from Exit 5A off I84; take the exit, head south on Rte 747 (toward the airport); when you get to the T intersection with Rte 207, take a right. The Forest entrance will be on the right. 

See the FAQ page for some oft-asked questions!

Notes for Ride Day--

We will have a rolling check in for 2017 - long course riders come earlier at 9, intermediate at 9:30, short course riders at 10.

We will do everything we can to be set up and ready before 9am but please don't come before 8:30!

 "Always a great time - and on land WE
helped to save from development!" 

Joan J., rider and former resident of Weed Road, which is
now part of the Stewart State Forest
(learn more)