Stillwater Mountain Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Stillwater Mountain Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eagle Bay, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice hike , no real challenges just a steady incline. Trail well marked and maintained. As with all firetowers, amazing view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to Stillwater Fire tower with 2 of my kids. A long drive in from either direction with a mix of paved and dirt roads. We took "Number Four Rd" from Lowville out to "Stillwater Rd" on the right. Then we followed "Stillwater Rd" almost to the end, but took a right onto unmarked "Big Moose Rd". (If you get to the boat launch/restaurant/store at the end of Stillwater Rd, you've gone about 1/4 mile too far.) The trailhead was down Big Moose Rd a mile or so.
This place is really out in the middle of the boondocks! One of the most remote areas for sure. The trailhead parking was very small: enough for 1 car, 1 DEC vehicle and a disabled spot. The trail is in great shape, well worn and easy to follow with blue DEC disks. There is a steady, easy ascent up with no steep sections. Volunteers have done a great job with the tower rehab and signage and the views from the cab are very nice. If possible, I would recommend combining this short hike with some camping and fishing in the area to make the most of the long drive.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike with winding wooded paths up to a restored fire tower. It is a steady incline all the way to the top but very manageable. There’s a little picnic table at the top. The dirt road to get to the trailhead was the slowest part of the trip.

1 month ago

Fun and easy trail. Bring your kids!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 6/2 as it was my 19th fire tower hike. Very easy trail, took about 45 mins or so round trip. Fire tower was awesome and patriotic! Beautiful views from the tower. Recommend bug spray !

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, 0.9 mile well marked trail to the tower. Tons of mosquitoes but the view from the summit is worth it. Easiest mountain I have completed so far. Another fire tower complete!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was very well maintained and the fire tower offers a great view.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, be easy on the dirt road on the way. Hardest part of the whole thing.

9 months ago

Steady uphill walk and the way back was much faster. I'm happy they opened this up.

9 months ago

CLOSED from second week of October to mid December during hunting season.

hiking
10 months ago

Great views on top, especially from the newly refurbished fire tower. Easy hike, a mile out and a mile back. I would definitely suggest an early hike because the crowd shows up close to noon. The trail is well marked and can be slick in some spots due to traffic. Well worth it...

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike even in the rain. Also Great hike for families. I heard it was not marked but that is not true at this time is marked very well.

10 months ago

Easy hike, well marked, nice trail.

11 months ago

Easy hike rained while I did but was still fun no real views at top but well maintained tower anther 1 down

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy and beautiful hike! Only downside was that the trail was VERY muddy. Nothing we couldn't handle though! Lovely tower also!

hiking
11 months ago

It was a great easy hike. Wasn't as muddy as we thought(it poured all yesterday). Trail is well marked. Dirt road to get there for about 9 miles but you have to expect that and it was a wide well travelled road. Bill the cabin stewardess was there and told us great stories where we really got the feel of its history. Just a great hike all around!! So glad it's been restored and is accessible to the public!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The bad: Road to get there was all gravel and dirt so make sure to bring a truck or SUV. The trail is bursting with bugs so bring bug spray.
The good: Pretty easy trail for even people of less physical stature. The view at the top of the fire tower is beautiful. There was actually a guide at the top who told us the history of the fire tower. He said he is a volunteer that is only there 2 weekends a year.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The bad: Road to get there was all gravel and dirt so make sure to bring a truck or SUV. The trail is bursting with bugs so bring bug spray.
The good: Pretty easy trail for even people of less physical stature. The view at the top of the fire tower is beautiful. There was actually a guide at the top who told us the history of the fire tower. He said he is a volunteer that is only there 2 weekends a year.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

It was so muddy! BMX tracks through the mud made it even worse. It has been heavily trafficked with the plethora of tourists, so the mud was made worse with footprints too. It's also difficult to find if you follow standard GPS instructions.
Make sure you take the turn off of 28N in Eagle Bay and find Stillwater Rd. It's up a winding and rough dirt road several miles.

The fire tower is newly renovated, but still a small cabin. We went while there was an aggressively intrusive family there...so it was difficult to have more than a minute to soak in the views without kids running up and down slamming into you. (Parents, control your kids. Let others have a turn up there if you and your children have already seen it.)

I would say bring a car that will handle poorly maintained dirt roads well, and go early enough to avoid the constant flow of people.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great trail. Best fire tower I've seen complete with Windows and latches so you can open them. Make sure there is no cloud cover or you will see nothing

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great short climb

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

This was a nice easy hike to a nicely renovated Firetower. Really liked the inside of the cab.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

A hike to the Stillwater Fire Tower is a must do. The views are stunning. Whiteface and Blue Mountain in the Adirondacks in one direction. Maple Ridge wind farm and Snow Ridge Ski Area in the Tug Hill Plateau in another direction. Great view of the reservoir once the fog burned off.

camping
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Solo kayaked to Fox Island (#27) for two nights. What a great spot. Not for novice paddlers. But the launch area has boat rentals, a b&b and a restaurant. Winds on the water can be fierce and kick up some chop. Otherwise, I'll be coming back to this spot.

paddle sports
Monday, July 02, 2012

Beautiful spot. Great for Kayak or canoe BUT ONLY WHEN THERTE IS NO WIND. Otherwise rent a small boat and prepare to see real beauty. Within 40 minutes you can be deep in the woods and not see a soul. I love the views from the lake. 6 miles wide and 11 miles long. This is the second largest reservoir in NY State but has not yet been overrun with people,probably because the access is down a well maintained dirt road.

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