Stillwater Mountain Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
#68 of 177 trails in

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 walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

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
11 days ago

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.

20 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great short climb

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

snowshoeing
7 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

canoeing
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.