Windham Area Recreation Foundation

Dedicated to establishing the Windham region as a preeminent four season destination and bettering the lives of its residents and visitors through the enhancement of trail-based recreation opportunities.

Elm Ridge Trail System

Mountain Biking the Elm Ridge Trail System


Located just two miles from the center of Windham, you will find some of the best single track trails this side of the Mississippi.  The Elm Ridge Trails are nestled in the state owned, protected and forever wild lands of the Catskill Preserve Wild Forest.  The trail system is well-marked and easy for all to navigate and while built specifically for mountain biking, all are welcome.  The miles and miles of scenic trails offer something for everyone from seasoned mountain bikers to those just getting started.

Closest to the Route 23 parking area, you will find the section known as the “FUN Loops.”  These trails offer some of the least difficult riding on the ridge.  The FUN Loops gently climb and flow along some small streams and hidden rock walls and within deep forest.  Entry level riders tend to spend most of their time riding and exploring this area.

For those who would like to experience a bit more pitch and push, the “Levitate” trail will elevate you to the top of the ridge and open the door for many miles of outback, flowy, singletrack fun.  Once at the top, riders will have the choice to ride along the ridge or drop down one of many heart pounding descents.  Each trail down has a unique feel and flow but most offer endless riding features such as optional jumps and kicks.  

Whether you are out for a quick hour ride or a full day in the saddle, all riders, regardless of their abilities will have a blast riding and exploring the twenty-five plus mile and continually improving, Elm Ridge Trail Network.

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