Biking in the Hudson Valley

Some of the best trails are all around you

Get your bikes ready and enjoy the Hudson Valley like you never have before. Biking has always been a good way to bring families together, enjoy good scenery, and best of all get some exercise, but I bet you didn’t know we have some of the best biking trails right in our back yard.

(photo courtesy of Ulster County Tourism site)

Our trails include roads that are closed off to cars like Route 218 between West Point and Cornwall-on-Hudson, from 11am to 3pm the road is reserved for people who want to bike traffic free. The trails take you through stunning views of the Hudson valley along with historic locations like the Old Croton Aqueduct.

The trails range from 3 ½  to 42 miles so it’s possible for any biker of any skill level to enjoy the Hudson Valley. For a great list of bike trails and information on each go to this link

Off Road/Mountain Biking

Rail Trails
These trails, created by repurposing former railway beds are used by pedestrian, biking and equestrian recreationalists. Biking is generally at a beginner level, loose gravel, and some hard pack, relatively flat, with some mild inclines.  All of the rail  trails in Ulster County are free.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Rd., Highland, NY 12528
A 2.5 mile nature trail extending from Commercial Avenue in the Town of Lloyd hamlet of Highland to Riverside Rd.. Uses include walking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. Work on linking this trail to New York State’s newest park, Walkway Over the Hudson, a 1.25 mile span across the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County is expected to be complete in October.

Hurley Rail Trail
Rt. 209, Hurley, NY 12443 
An easy trail wrapped in the beautiful pastoral landscape of historic Ulster County. The 6 mile (one way) hiking, biking, rail trail connects two quaint 17th century villages:  Hurley and High Falls. The well maintained, level path passes through a dense, deciduous woodland, paralleling tranquil farmland and crossing over rivers and streams. Parking is just off Route 209, about 1 mile south of Route 28 and at the intersection of Route 209 and Russell Road.

The Catskills Visitor Center
5096 Rte 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
The Catskills Visitor Center is your gateway to the Catskill Region and the Catskill Park. They have easy trails for biking with kids and mountain bike trails. There are also hiking trails and the fire towers are open. For a map of the trails, go to the walk-up visitor's window.

For even more Hudson Valley hiking and biking information go to this link