Stewart State Forest

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General Information

Stewart State Forest up in Newburgh, NY is a good destination for many of the North Jersey locals as well as some of the Central Jersey folk. With an abundant trail network, those who know the park can easily do a 30+ mile day up there without doubling back on themselves. maddawg and the Dark Horse Cycles crew have done a fantastic job up there and currently run 3 races, the signature Dark Horse 40, the new SingleSpeed-A-Palooza, and the H2H race, the Dark Horse Gallop. New for this year will be the Dark Horse 6-Pack, a 6 hour endurance race.
The trails in Stewart are not marked in any traditional manor. Many of them have names derived from local lore. Trails such as Sara's Trail and Brain's Trail get their names from George at Dark Horse Cycles two children. Major Mike is named after a team member who has since moved to Pennsylvania. Others such as Dead Deer, [[Art's Intestinal Blowout], the s*** trail and the F'n F'd up trail derive there names from, well its pretty obvious. The gang at Dark Horse Cycles sells a laminated map which will get you around quite nicely. There are also miles of "off the grid" trails to explore. With miles of "rolling" singletrack, doubletrack, and gravel roads Stewart offers an enjoyable riding destination for riders of many levels.

Google Map

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41.5134259,-74.1578138 Ridge Road Parking Lot This is the main parking area for Stewart. Most "events" begin from this lot. Directions

41.470093, -74.164169 Weed Road Parking Lot A small lot located on the southern portion of the park. Provides immediate access to the southern trails. Directions

Details and Info

Miles: 25+
Difficulty: Beginner
Trails: Singletrack, Doubletrack, Fire Road
Surface: Dirt (hardpack, clay, mud)
Obstacles: Water Crossing, Trail Obstacles
Special Features: Bridges
Detailed Overview: A Singletrack haven, loads and loads of it. Not a ton of climbing but there is some to keep you honest. Some logs but not a ton, roots more than rocks, of which there are very few. Solid network of trails that any user can make the most of.
Park Website: NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation


Trail Name Blaze Distance Description
Blue Loop Blue 3.5 miles blah blah blah blah blah
Red Loop Red 3.5 miles blah blah blah


Rider: Norm
Description: Darkh Horse 40 race loop (2009). 4 laps of 10 miles each. This is the driest loop in the park as it was designed to be able to hold up to all these racers after a summer of rains.
Link: garmin

Rider: Norm
Description: SingleSpeed-A-Palooza race course (2009). Seems a pretty standard Stewart loop.
Link: garmin

Rider: Norm
Description: Dark Horse Gallop race loop (2009). Like the SingleSpeed-A-Palooza race course above, seems a standard Stewart loop.
Link: garmin

Rider: topfuel98 (user on Garmin Connect)
Description: Poached from the Internet
Link: garmin
Files: kml


Discussion, Events, and JORBA

Forum: MTBNJ discussion on Areas Outside NJ
Calendar: MTBNJ events
JORBA Info: There is no JORBA chapter for parks outside NJ but TM issues are handled by Dark Horse Cycles (link).
JORBA Contact: Again, no JORBA but Mike is your contact here.

Bike Shop(s) and Good Eats

Darkhorse Cycles
628 Route 17K
Montgomery, NY 12549
Preet Pizza
1035 Little Britain Rd
New Windsor, NY 12553



2014 SSaP Recap via rider MannyL358