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D&H Canal Towpath Trail Heritage Trail Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
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Mohawk-Hudson
Bike-Hike Trail
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail New York City
(Manhattan)
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D&H Canal Linear Park Towpath Trail

This unimproved trail is part of a 45-acre linear park along the D&H Canal in Sullivan County and can be rough biking (fat-tire bike recommended, we found the trail more suited to hiking). The park has remnants of the locks, and includes fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, and cross county skiing. Other sections of the towpath have also been developed for recreational use, including a 1-mile segment at the Delaware & Hudson Canal Park, in Cuddebackville, Orange County, NY. (Reported: June 2011)


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Location: Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, NY (See map, left)
Distance: 4.5 miles
Surface: Gravel, grass, dirt
More information (open in a new window):
- Sullivan County NY-Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park
Biking on the D&H Canal Linear Park Towpath Trail
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Trailhead Along the trail View from the trail

Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail (also known as the Orange Heritage Trail) runs on the old Erie Railroad main line, popular for walking, biking and rollerblading.  Food and shops are available in the towns along the trail. Some of the road crossings can be busy but other sections are wooded and scenic, and an 1800's cemetery is of interest. The Chester train station now serves as a museum. (Reported: June 2011)


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Location: Goshen to Monroe, Orange County, NY (See map, left)
Distance: 11.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 10 feet
More information (open in a new window):
- Orange County NY Parks, Recreation and Conservation-Heritage Trail
Biking on the Heritage Trail
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Trailhead Chester train station Views along the trail 1800's cemetery

Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

In New York's Finger Lakes region, this well-maintained 7-mile trail is popular with hikers and bikers. The trail follows the stream (the "outlet") that connects Keuka Lake (at Penn Yan) and Seneca Lake (at Dresden). The ride is mostly wooded and serene, with scenic waterfalls. There are picnic tables and benches at both ends and along the way, plus several parking/access points. No really bad road crossings, but do be watchful particularly at Ridge Road.

Keuka Lake Outlet has an interesting history, having been a link in the inland water route across New York State and power source for many mills. The trail is on an old railroad bed (which previously was a towpath) that runs between the natural stream and the remnants of the Crooked Lake Canal built in the 1830's. The remains of some of the 40 mills, 12 dams and locks can be seen along the trail.  (Reported May 2017)


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Location: Penn Yan to Dresden, NY (See map, left)
Distance: 7 miles
Surface: Crushed stone, dirt; a short portion at Penn Yan is paved
Support and Advocacy: Friends of the Outlet, Inc.
More information (open in a new window):
- Friends of the Outlet - Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
- Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
Biking on the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail
The trail is mostly downhill from Penn Yan to Dresden, with a mild incline. An easy ride with just a few steeper sections, though we flat-land Floridians found the return trip a bit wearing (starting from Dresden and biking uphill, then coasting back is an option).
Scenic stream views, waterfalls and interesting historical stops along the way.
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Trail end at Penn Yan,
leaving Elm Street
Trail under
Main Street - paved
Along the trail - crushed stone Picnic pavilion at Seneca Mills - site of the first sawmill, 1789 Seneca Mills Falls
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Picnic area
off the trail
One of several parking areas along the trail Old manufacturing complex, waterfall at former lock Along the trail - single track dirt Trail end at Dresden approacing Seneca Street

Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway

The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail (Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway) runs from Albany through Schenectary to Rotterdam Junction in several sections along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. The trail was built on the Erie Canal Towpath and on railroad rights of way. It comprises the easternmost section of the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail that stretches from Buffalo to Albany. (Reported: Sept. 2014)


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Location: Albany to Rotterdam Junction, NY (See map, left)
Distance: 35 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Support and Advocacy: Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
More information (open in a new window):
- Schnectady County-Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
Biking on the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail
We biked a scenic portion of the trail along the Mohawk River near Niskayuna, NY.
Visiting Lock 7 along the Erie Canal was an interesting stop.
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Leaving Blatnick Park Trail approaching Mohawk River Along the Trail Lock 7 of the
Erie Canal
Approaching Lions Park

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Built along the Wallkill Valley Railroad corridor, the trail (a linear park) runs from Gardiner, through New Paltz, to Rosendale, NY. The trail crosses the Wallkill River, passing through woods, fields, and farming areas. The restoration of the Rosendale Bridge will create a link to an 8-mile extension of the trail to Kingston. (Reported: June 2011)


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Location: Gardiner to Rosendale, Ulster County, NY (See map, left)
Distance: 16 miles
Surface: Gravel and crushed stone, some paved asphalt in New Paltz
More information (open in a new window):
- Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association-Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Biking on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail near New Paltz
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Wooded section
of the trail
Springtown Bridge Wallkill River from Springtown Bridge View of the valley and Shawangunk Mountains Deer along the trail

Bicycling in Manhattan

Our time was limited so we didn't actually do any biking in Manhattan, but all over town we were pleased to see so many dedicated bike lanes and CitiBike rental locations. There's a bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge promenade, and Central Park is closed to traffic on weekends and before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on weekdays. (Reported: June 2016)


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Location: New York (Manhattan), NY (See map, left)
Distance: Various
Surface: Paved
More information (open in a new window):
- Bike New York
- Central Park Conservancy-Bicycling
Biking in Manhattan
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Bike lane and parking-8th Avenue Bike lane-8th Avenue Bike lane, 1st Avenue near United Nations CitiBike rack Indoor bike parking for employees
Brooklyn Bridge
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Pedestrian and bike lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade CitiBikes on the bridge Bike rentals/tours Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty in the background

More information on biking in New York State (opens in a new window):
- NY State DOT-Bicycling in New York
- Rails to Trails Conservancy-Bike Trails in New York

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