Mt. Sabattis, the crown jewel of Long Lake recreation.
Named for famed Long Lake guide, Mitchell Sabattis, the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area is the crown jewel of Long Lake, NY’s recreation space. This is the place for the community. There is something for everyone on Mt. Sabattis. From incredible hiking and mountain biking trails, a Pavilion, Ice Skating Rink, Sledding Hills, Tennis Courts, Pickleball, Basketball and Farmer’s Markets.
Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area is a town-owned property with plenty to explore and discover. Find your footing and make your place on the once famous golf course of the grand Sagamore Hotel. Ever-evolving and accessible by foot from the downtown community of Long Lake, NY, it’s a place to discover your inner child.
Something you should know about driving to Long Lake, google maps has not caught up with our GPS and GIS Address systems. So to get here enter 46 Pavilion Road, Long Lake, NY to get directions to the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. The Geiger Arena/Tennis Courts are located and numbered as 6 Pavilion Lane and 46 Pavilion Lane and sometimes show up in maps as 12 Pavilion Road. Technology hasn’t totally caught up to our area, but we are working with the correct agencies to have this corrected. The Geiger Arena/Tennis courts are located at the bottom of Mt. Sabattis and access the entry to the facility next to the giant flagpole across from the Long Lake Post Office. The Pavilion is located mid-way up the hill and the road to the Pavilion is open to vehicles after mud-season and closed for winter months.
Hiking and Biking Trails
**Trails are shared use trails**
START ME UP (.75km) An intermediate, TWO-WAY, machine-built trail beginning at the Northeast corner of the tennis courts. This flowy trail follows the terraced section of Mt Sabattis before winding through the woods and emerging in the Pavilion parking lot. Some features include a pump section, hair pin turns and a bridge crossing, and is equally fun riding in both directions.
LET IT LOOSE (.75km) A beginner, TWO-WAY, machine-built trail that is the perfect warmup or introductory mountain bike trail. This trail is slightly wider than the others and features both woods and field riding, including multiple bridges and rollers to help new riders work on basic mountain bike skills.
BLACK & BLUE (1.25km) An intermediate, TWO-WAY, machine-built trail traversing through woods and the fields. Slightly narrower trail than Let It Loose, expect higher speeds, tighter corners, and larger rollers than the beginner trails, but is still very approachable for novice bikers.
WAITING ON A FRIEND (.3km) A beginner, TWO-WAY, machine-built spur trail that branches off Black & Blue on east edge of the field. This trail is very flat and wide is a good spot to stop for a quick breather while riding, or a good spot to let the dog get a drink of water.
PAINT IT BLACK (1.25km) An expert, machine-built trail with two distinct sections. The first section is a TWO-WAY trail branching off Black & Blue climbing up Mt Sabattis as it winds through the woods, eventually crossing the field and entering the woods on the eastern side of the property before eventually merging with the Powerline/Northville-Placid Spur Trail. The second section starts as you emerge from the NPT Spur Trail and becomes a directional ONE-WAY downhill trail with a machine-built jump line featuring tabletops, step-ups, and a rock drop. All the features are rollable, but do not have any ride arounds.
After School Programming
The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation worked with the Long Lake Central After School program for the winter of 2023. This successful collaboration engaged students with local organizations including the Long Lake Lions Club, Friends of the Long Lake Library, Long Lake Historian Hallie Bond who spent the afternoon teaching the children about guidebooks and paddling. Local quilter Patty Farrell created balsam pillows and Jimmy Cooney provided a Sabattis and Native American jewelry exhibit. The Long Lake Lions Club provided snacks and crafts to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Long Lake Parks and Recreation Ice Attendant and Educator Rebecca Stoner LaFountain helped initiate this new program for 2023 working with Long Lake Central School Teachers.
Arts, Craft Fairs, Concerts & More
Concerts, movies, Kids Art Classes and more are offered throughout the year.
Pavilion, Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball
Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area is a year-round destination located in the heart of downtown Long Lake at 12 Pavilion Lane at the intersection of Deerland Rd, NYS Route 30 and South Hill Road. Visitors can enjoy pickle ball, tennis, basketball, skateboard ramps, walking dogs, hiking our mixed-use trails, mountain biking on over 4k of machine-built trails which double as an excellent walking trails and are open and available to everyone, including dog walkers. Climb or run to the top of the hill to take in a breathtaking view of down town Long Lake. Access the Northville – Placid Spur Trail linking passers thru to downtown Long Lake to fuel up and pick up packages at the local post office or have visitors stop downtown for a bite to eat, stock up on supplies and spend the night in a comfortable bed if needed!
Facilities and activities at Mt. Sabattis include:
The Pavilion – a 90×40 foot covered building boasting picnic tables, restrooms, views of Long Lake and a parking lot. This is a great space to picnic or if you are a Long Lake or Raquette Lake property owner you can contact the Parks and Recreation Department to book your space for private parties. First come first served. The Pavilion is also a great place to park to access our Mixed-Use Recreational Trails. Walker, hikers and bikers are invited to check out the Mt. Sabattis Trails with over 4Km of built trails. Everyone is welcome to access these trails.
Winter is Sledding & Skating
The Geiger Arena is our Winter Hub. Open for ice skating and sledding, the Geiger is our warm up hut and the center with all the tourist information, a rest-room, hot chocolate, ice skates, hocking sticks, pucks and more, available at no charge to the public.
Tennis Courts will be professionally cleaned and cracks filled, in the summer of 2023. There is currently markings for one pickle ball court with another to be painted for summer of 2023. Please be patient! We are working on getting this done as soon as possible. Basketball courts are available for pick up games, practice and fun.
Skateboarding is available at the Geiger Arena in the summer. Ramps are provided by Parks and Recreation. The rink surface is painted asphalt, so can be a little rough, but a great place to work on skills and have a little fun.
The Farmer’s Market is held at the lower lot of the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena every Thursday in the summer months from 10am-2pm. This market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, New York State Wines, Ice cream, treats and regional crafters.
Enjoy the Long Lake Craft Fair always the first Sunday in August up at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Vendors can contact email@example.com for more information.
Mt. Sabattis is for everyone to enjoy! Come on out and see for yourself.