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Stewart State Forest

New Windsor (Orange County)

Why we love it

Mountain bikers flock here for several reasons. First off, the 6,700-acre preserve, eight times the size of NYC’s Central Park and once slated as the site for a mega-airport, offers 40 miles of trails, making it possible to pedal for hours without retracing your route. It also features splendid scenery — deep woods, overgrown farm fields, ponds and swamps — and a remarkable array of wildlife. The mixture of old farm roads and single-track trails makes this a perfect place for beginning bikers of all abilities, while still offering enough challenges to attract hard-core cyclists.


The preserve is closed (except for hunters) during big-game hunting season, from early October to mid-December.

More to explore

Post-ride, quench your thirst and learn about the Hudson Valley’s centuries-old cider-making tradition at Angry Orchard. One tour leads through the fruit-bearing trees to a treehouse tasting room!


  • 40 miles of trails suitable for all skill levels
  • Great variety of scenery and wildlife

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