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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 36 trails covering 611 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

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Nice weather makes the ride nice

June, 2024 by vc2019

Started in Adams and rode to the end and back. Nice weather on this wide paved and shaded trail. It is in great condition. There are a number of road crossings but most are small streets. The gates are all the same, an opening on each side and we saw atleast two recumbent trikes make it through without problems. Photo to show the gates today.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

A must ride

June, 2024 by ahanks

Visiting in lower NY area and had this on my bucket list. It was a well paved and maintained trail. Parked at railroad at in Cheshire and rode to the parking area in Pittsfield and then back and a few miles into the Adams area. All in 18 miles. Plenty of options for parking, bathroom Facilities in a few areas and many benches and picnic tables placed to stop and take a break or enjoy the views of the Lindai a or chechsire reservoir. It was well worth the trip!

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Harlem River Trail

May, 2024 by johnecarl

This is a great trail. Great scenery and well paved. The northern part is partially under repair and new pavement so you have may to go to a starting point a little further south

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Perfection in imperfection

May, 2024 by john9mcnulty

Several sections of the trail are currently closed between Copake and Millerton. Although I wouldn't recommend them to everyone, I considered them very rideable or walkable. I'd probably start a few stops down next time, but only to avoid rerouting if they were actually doing maintenance and wouldn't let me pass though. When I wasn't considering alternative routes I was overtaken by the scenery between Copake and Milerton. The wildlife and landscapes were seldom disappointing, but the countless bugs were distracting. Milerton to Wassaic was underwhelming if you've drove along 22 before. Strangely, it was in worse condition than the closed sections. Scattered frost heaves sent cyclist darting around the trail or shot out of their saddle and skateboards trying to break their fall. Knowing this made it easier on the way back, but also way slower.

Cannot say this enough. I rode into more bugs in 4h on this trail than I have in over 4000 miles anywhere else.

TLDR:
This trail is currently "closed" for several miles. The trail is full of stunning scenery, bumps, and bugs. Well worth visiting, but keep expectations in check. Would give 3.75 if it was an option.

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.

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.

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!

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Not ADA compliant

February, 2024 by ljt trike rider

It looked very nice from the parking area, but could not get through the barricades with a recumbent trike. Drove over an hour and gates were shut and would have had to lift trike over gates. Disgusted with Massachusetts and whomever designed the barricades. Has anyone heard of the ADA?

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Great fall ride.

November, 2023 by cantabty

Excellent experience on this fresh paved trail. The scenery of the ponds and mountains in the distance was worth the trip.

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!

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

In my quest to bicycle in all fifty states, I drove 2,800 miles in order to ride my bike on this rail trail. It's hard to elaborate upon the Rails-To-Trails description. It was exactly as advertised and an absolute joy to experience on a brisk fall morn in early October.

About all I can add is the trail is flat, plenty wide, in excellent condition, and is a fun ride in autumn as the leaves are changing color and fluttering down to transform the path's hue from black to golden brown. There's also plenty of railroad memorabilia here and there to enhance the ride.

I didn't drive nearly 3,000 miles to just ride a seven mile trail. Naturally I continued on across the Walkway Over The Hudson and then on to the Dutchess Rail Trail for a fuller experience of the Hudson Valley! It was all exactly as I had hoped it would be!

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