New York State
Biking in Manhattan is an adventure of its own, but New York is a very diverse state (much more besides the Big Apple), and biking in New York State reflects that diversity ranging from city streets, to rail trails, towpaths, mountain biking, and more. We love the Hudson River Valley, but look forward to exploring more biking in Bobcat's native state. Scroll down or click on the links below for more details:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information on biking in New York State (opens in a new window):
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