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Explore the best rated trails in Beacon, NY, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Tannersville Bike Path (Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail) and Hudson River Brickyard Trail . With more than 87 trails covering 612 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Litchfield Community Greenway

Great Trail!

April, 2024 by edupont88

Great trail through White Memorial Wildlife Preserve. Bantam section not complete yet, but still worth an out-and-back ride. Lunch in Litchfield, ice cream in Bantam.

Sussex Branch Trail

love this trail

April, 2024 by bc27b4z4qh

A week or two ago my husband and I went on this trail at the Lafayette end of the trail. We had a great time. Him pushing me in my wheelchair then I would get out and walk some. It was amazing!!!!!!

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

A change in scenery

April, 2024 by robert.richter89

I rode both the William Stienhaus trail and the Hudson Valley Trail on a very windy early April Sunday. In comparison to the Stienhaus trail the Hudson Valley Trail is not as well marked but is also wide and in great condition like the Stienhaus trail. The Hudson Trail is overall more consistently scenic with less residential and commercial areas until you get to the end which runs right next to RT 9.

There are a few options to take a path of the trail to go into Highland which offers a few places to eat. My only complaint is that there is that there is no clear signage that the Hudson Valley Trail ended so I rode about a mile adjacent to RT 9 before realizing that the Hudson Valley trail technically ended at a small parking lot.

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William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

One of the best trails on the Empire State Trail system

April, 2024 by robert.richter89

I rode the entirety of the Steinhaus Trail starting at Hopewell Junction and riding over the Walkway over the Hudson. On a very windy early April Sunday the trail was lightly used and everyone was very polite and practiced great trail etiquette including very attentive drivers at road intersections.

The trail itself is fairly wide, is well marked with mile markers counting up or down from Hopewell Junction depending on which way you are going and is in immaculate shape. I don't even recall a single bump, pothole or crack on the asphalt. The scenery is a mix of light residential, some commercial, a nice lake near Hopewell Junction and a good amount of tree cover.

I appreciate how easy it was to connect to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail via the Walkway over the Hudson which added to my ride.

Mamakating Rail Trail

Beautiful and well maintained

March, 2024 by jkmitch23

Lovely trail

South County Trailway

great walk

March, 2024 by n2fy7f6jsc

I work the trail on NYE great walk what I recommend some great walking running sneakers great views burned a lot of calories planning to do it again when Late Spring Summer arrives

O&W Rail Trail (Ulster County)

10 m paved at Kingston end?

March, 2024 by vbergerg_tl

TrailLink is not updated and someone should confirm but a visiting cyclist on the user-run Facebook Rail to Trails site just posted that he rode 10 paved miles at the Kingston end!

John Kieran Nature Trail

wrong picture! Unpaved nature trail through urban forest

March, 2024 by vbergerg_tl

Perfectly nice for what and where it is. We walk it often and kids experience it as an exploration. But FYI the picture here has nothing to do with either this trail or Van Cortlandt Park. The picture is of the building and small water park in Tibbett’s Brook Park a couple of miles north.

Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Amazing 3 mile rugged old rail trail ¿,you need a MTN bike ¿ and there's a washout half way down ¿ but it's beautiful ¿

February, 2024 by petemcgill6969

Amazing 3 mile rugged old rail trail ¿,you need a MTN bike ¿ and there's a washout half way down ¿ but it's beautiful ¿

Old Erie Path

Hidden Gem - caution in Sparkill

February, 2024 by jeffrey.r.schmoyer

Old Erie is a unique and lovely gravel path distinct from the Clarke and Esposito paved trails. Easy to miss but very worthwhile IF you have the right bike. Somewhat chunky gravel and a few ruts so recommend at least 38mm tires. In exchange for bumps you get forest, nice elevation changes, beautiful views of the river, and a direct path connect to both downtown Nyack (shops, eats) and the new Mario Cuomo bridge path. But VERY important: the start of trail in Sparkill is a very dangerous 5-way intersection with blind spots... DISMOUNT here, wait, listen, walk it across.

William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

After starting in New Paltz on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and then crossing the Walkway Over The Hudson, I continued on to the Dutchess Rail Trail. I only went a few miles before turning around and heading back to New Paltz for a 21 mile ride.

The portion I rode is for the most part heavily forested, so if you like colorful trees in the fall or shade in the summer you'll love this. The trail is easy to ride, in amazing condition, and on a weekday morning in mid October lightly used. I especially appreciated the use of wood fencing in many spots which was the perfect architectural touch for this trail. Another highlight was Morgan Lake with its lovely swans and colorful trees reflecting upon the water.

I wish I would have had the time to venture further into the beautiful rural areas, but time was of the essence. I guess I have a reason to return and do the full length next time!

Walkway Over The Hudson

Walkway Over The Hudson

November, 2023 by thejake91739

After pedaling down the Hudson Valley Rail Trail from New Paltz, I made my way onto the walkway. It was 7:30 on a brisk mid October weekday morning, and the bridge was not crawling with hordes of tourists (like me). Instead it was obviously primarily locals out jogging, getting their steps in on their walks, rollerblading, and walking their dogs.

The views are as expected - absolutely sensational and breathtaking looking both up and downriver.

After continuing across I proceeded to explore the Dutchess Rail Trail for several miles before heading back.

As luck would have it, when I returned the walkway was a completely different world. It was totally enveloped in fog, and you could no longer see the Hudson let alone fifty yards in front of you. The bridge was essentially deserted. Worst of all, I didn't get to do my selfies with a Hudson River background!

The walkway, combined with the rail trails on either end, is a must destination ride for bicyclists. What an unforgettable experience!

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