Stillwell Woods Preserve

    Park Overview:

    This Nassau County-owned park offers many activities to visitors including horseback riding, athletic fields, model-airplane flying and mountain biking. 

    Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path
    Trail Miles:3 miles
    Park Acreage:270 acres
    Buy Book:Hiking Long Island - Guide Book

    Park Description:

    There is much to enjoy at Stillwell Preserve such as abundant plant and wildlife and impressive views north towards the tall ridges of the Harbor Mill Moraine in Cold Spring Harbor. The main draw for hikers to this park is the 3-mile Loop Trail, which at a point merges with the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. (Hiking Long Island guidebook).

    Trails Overview:

    The yellow-blazed Loop Trail begins on the east side of the soccer fields and heads eastward into the woods. Hikers can also make side-trips along this short trail for further exploration. 


    Trail begins from the parking area on the east side of South Woods Road across from Syosset High School. To get there, leave the LIE at exit 44, turning north on Route 135, the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway. Continue to the end, then turn east and go about 0.75 mile on Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) to East Woods Road. Make a left and the parking lot is on the right just past the high school.

    Contact Information:Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums
    Region:Long Island

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    The highlight of Stillwell Woods is definitely the mountain bike trail. (White triangular blazes) A one way loop about 5 miles long with skill level options. The trails are separate dedicated use although hikers and runners are often seen on the bike trail as it gets more use and is better maintained.


    No dogs are permitted on the path! We took a chance and made the trip, but found out No Dogs are permitted upon arrival.