Graham Hills

Location: Pleasantville, Westchester County, NY

Length: Approx. 9 miles of trails across 431 acres

Difficulty: 40% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% expert

Description: More speed-oriented than other Westchester parks, Graham is less technical than Sprain or Blue Mountain, but just as fun. There’s much less exposed slickrock in Graham, and the dirt trails are well-packed, not too tight, and perfect for those who like good climbing matched with fast descending. A couple stop-and-play spots will entertain the cross-stuntry crowd with drops of 2-4 feet, and some of the climbing will test your technical skills, but Graham is more about fast flow than anything else. It’s also the easiest Westchester trail to get to via public transportation from NYC, so it’s a great introduction to Westchester riding for NYC’ers.

Directions: By Car- From the Sprain Brook Parkway/Taconic Parkway Northbound, take the exit for Route 117. At the light, bear right. The park entrance is immediately on your right. Drive time is 45-50 minutes from NYC. By public transportation- Take Metro-North to the Pleasantville station (Harlem Line). Exit up the southernmost staircase (at the rear of the train). At the top of the stairs, hang a right on Bedford Road. Within 100 yards, Bedford Road splits left while Pleasantville Road continues straight ahead- make a left turn to stay on Bedford Road (you’ll see the 7-Eleven on your left. Continue up the hill on Bedford Road (Route 117), and the park entrance is a mile from the train station on your left.