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Explore the best rated trails in East Durham, NY. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Zim Smith Mid-County Trail and Black Bridge Trail. With more than 29 trails covering 539 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

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Rod it in sections

December, 2022 by bblhed_tl

I rode this over two separate weekends, Once from the Wassaic train station to Millerton, and once from Millerton to almost the end of the trail. Picking a favorite section is a really hard call, they both have their pluses. One of the things I really liked is the lack of level crossings making this more of a bikers trail than a walking trail with a lot of trail where you will only see bikes for a few miles. Pedestrians are great, with only bikes there is a lot less stress about passing. I think just about every level crossing has a portalet, even the ones without parking.

Wassaic didn't offer much in the way of attractions or close by food, Millerton on the other hand had plenty to offer and explore, there is even an actual bathroom on the trail in Millerton. While it would probably be fine to bike the town, I used the rack and walked it. Lots of interesting shops and food options in Millerton so it is worth stopping. Once you head north of Millerton you are back in open land with the occasional road crossings. There is a section where you ride over a large pond on a bridge that is nice.

Railroad Ramble

Nice but not exactly a "bike" trail.

December, 2022 by bblhed_tl

Walked this trail on 10/22/2022 and while it is a nice bike able trail, there are a few problems. I noticed that a few of the bridges are a couple of inches higher than the trail surface, and I'm not saying a little bump, I'm saying stop and walk it or fall off your bike bumps. Other than that this was a really nice trail and I would bike it with caution, or a mountain bike. Fall colors were amazing while I was there.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Excellent ride- one of the best trails!

November, 2022 by billmeredith58

We rode the Ashuwillticook Trail on 11/07/22 from the Pittsfield trailhead to Adams and back. The ride is excellent, with plenty of scenic highlights along the entire route, smooth paved surface and many places to stop and enjoy. The towns along the route looked inviting enough to divert us, but we had time constraints so we stayed on the route. The head winds on the way back were a challenge..
This is one of the best trails we have been on, not to be missed.
PS Recommend enjoying a long weekend and stayed at a B+B in Lenox...

Note: the restrooms along the route were all closed. I can understand given the time of year but it seemed somewhat premature given the warm weather we had been experiencing.

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Ballston Veterans Bike Path

Very well maintained, safe and smooth for rollerblading. Really enjoyed it ¿

November, 2022 by candaceslaven1020

Very well maintained, safe and smooth for rollerblading. Really enjoyed it ¿

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Great summer ride

November, 2022 by senseibarb

We rented bikes in new paltz to go from there up past Rosendale trestle The rest was closed but that was ok. We past some interesting caves with cold air which was a nice surprise. It is finely crushed gravel which is an up grease from mud; however check your bike company to make sure your tires are appropriate for this type of gravel Definitely picturesque, quiet and peaceful Would highly recommend

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Beautiful scenery along the route but some segments need maintenance

November, 2022 by earth2wayne

The Harlem Valley Trail from Taconic State Park to Wassaic (Metro North Station) spans 24 miles through beautiful farmland and marshy areas with Mountain ranges on both sides (Berkshire and Catskills). The entire trail is paved with asphalt. Unfortunately, there are older segments that sorely need maintenance, especially the roughly 4 mile stretch from Taconic State Park south. The trail is also narrow in spots making it uncomfortably close for bikes traveling in opposing directions. The trail does pass through several towns where you can find places to eat and shop.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

October, 2022 by lexonyskiddiecollege

We decided to go when the leaves were just starting to change color and fall. What a great time to go. So many awesome photos we were able to take. The trail is such a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors. We were only able to do the first section from Crane Ave to the Berkshire Mall entrance. Took us about an hour to leisurely walk that distance before it started to get dark and we had to turn back around. I’m hoping they will decide to put some kind of lighting through out the trail. Otherwise, it’s nice and clean, pet friendly and plenty of spots to rest and take the scenery in and get a few photos. I feel like we will enjoy this trail more now that the crane Ave part is completed.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

October, 2022 by lexonyskiddiecollege

We decided to go when the leaves were just starting to change color and fall. What a great time to go. So many awesome photos we were able to take. The trail is such a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors. We were only able to do the first section from Crane Ave to the Berkshire Mall entrance. Took us about an hour to leisurely walk that distance before it started to get dark and we had to turn back around. I’m hoping they will decide to put some kind of lighting through out the trail. Otherwise, it’s nice and clean, pet friendly and plenty of spots to rest and take the scenery in and get a few photos. I feel like we will enjoy this trail more now that the crane Ave part is completed.

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail

Nice Fall colors

October, 2022 by enlowe12

Just did about 14 miles on this trail. Started in Niverville and headed south to Valatie, then back north to North Chatham and back to Niverville. Surface is very good and well maintained. It is obvious the volunteers who take care of this trail do a great job (thanks, Ron! Just met you today). There is some non-trail surface (sidewalk, shared road) but very little and not much of a distraction from the beauty of the rest of the trail. Well worth a light rain to get wonderful fall color photos.

O&W Rail Trail

Nice ride through the woods

October, 2022 by steve.schwinn

Rode the northern section of the trail yesterday from the parking lot just south of Esopus Creek to the intersection of Lucas Turnpike and Dejager Lane, 13+ miles.
Overall in good condition but definitely not for road bikes due to roots and loose stones in sections. Not easy for cyclocross bikes (like mine) or hybrids.
There are a number of new recently installed informational signs.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Gorgeous fall color ride

October, 2022 by enlowe12

I started at the trail head at Crane ave in Pittsfield and rode the 13+ miles to Adams and back. It is possibly the best trail I have ridden. Paved, well maintained, no roots causing bumps in the pavement. Within 1/4 mile of the start I was out of the industrial area and into wetlands and beautiful scenery. The trail goes along three reservoirs in the 13 miles. There are plenty of places to park and jump on the trail, and also rest rooms along the length. Definitely recommend this trail.

Ashokan Rail Trail

stellar trail

October, 2022 by borchardtdebra

Great ride with beautiful fall colors. Flat crushed gravel. Mostly through the woods but a few sections you could see the reservoir. Lots of historical signage and benches along the way. I really enjoyed it!

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