Flugertown Road Professional Review and Guide
"Combine 8 miles of easy cruising along a beautiful, forested country road. Add another 8 miles of singletrack through the dense hemlock forests in the New York State Catskill Forest Preserve. Throw in a campground, many small ponds, and some marshmallows, and it’s a recipe for a great weekend. The rolling Flugertown Road is wide and semi-paved and turns into an old wood road that runs through a tall, dense, hardwood and conifer forest along the Willowemoc Creek. Beginner riders will be pressed by the winding, 4-mile (one way), up-and-down dirt road. The more experienced will want to tackle a rolling, 4-mile (one way), narrow singletrack leading to the Mongaup Pond State Campground. Adventurers will be charmed by this secluded singletrack as they are immersed in a dense Catskill forest of mature conifers and hardwoods. The entire area teems with plant and animal life. Silently glide through this pristine wilderness setting. Take a moment to assimilate the surroundings. The large Mongaup Pond awaits at the end of the ride. Take your time. There is a lot to see. One of the best ways to get it all in is to camp overnight at a campsite by a brook or stream. There is a lean-to on the edge of Long Pond stationed 0.9 mile from Flugertown Road in a secluded, primitive wilderness setting. It is an ideal campsite. Look for beaver lodges and dams near the outlet at the southern end of the pond. If you are camping, drive your car up Flugertown Road and park by one of the campsites near the Department of Environmental Conservation signs. You can then ride along Flugertown Road and tackle some of the singletrack described below. Located north of Monticello off NY 17, on the border of Ulster and Sullivan counties in the southeastern Catskills, about 100 miles from New York City. If you package it as a weekend, it will certainly be worth the time it takes to get there. Flugertown Road is fairly level with some minor hill climbs. The 4-mile single-track along the snowmobile trail leading to the Mongaup Pond campground climbs to about 400', levels off, and then drops 300'. The single-track to Long Pond begins steeply but levels out as it reaches the pond. The unnamed road that leads to Sand Pond is fairly level, with some minor climbs."