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Length
Surfaces
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Andes Rail Trail

4 mi
State: NY
Dirt, Grass

Ashokan Reservoir Promenade

2.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Billings Trail

3.3 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway

12 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Catskill Scenic Trail

26 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Corkscrew Rail Trail

3.8 mi
State: NY
Dirt

D & H Canal Linear Park

4.7 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

D & H Canal Park

0.6 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

D & H Canal Trail - Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

5.7 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

17.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (NY)

15 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

5.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Jones Point Path

2 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Dirt

Kaaterskill Rail Trail

2 mi
State: NY
Concrete, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Kennedy Trail

1.7 mi
State: NY
Cinder

Klara Sauer Trail

1 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

Kress Family Trail

3.1 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Liberty Rail Trail

2.6 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Maybrook Trailway

3.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Accordion

New Milford River Trail

5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

North County Trailway

22.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

O&W Rail Trail

19.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

22.8 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Old Mine Railroad Trail

2.2 mi
State: NY
Dirt

Parksville Rail Trail

3.2 mi
State: NY
Cinder

Putnam Trailway

11.55 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Railroad Ramble

1.7 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

River-to-Ridge Trail

4.9 mi
State: NY
Gravel

Shawangunk, Walden, and Wallkill Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Sue Grossman Still River Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Timp-Torne Trail

5.4 mi
State: NY
Dirt

Walkway Over The Hudson

1.28 mi
State: NY
Concrete

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

21.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
More than 8 miles of the planned 9-mile Albany County Rail Trail (also known as the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail) is open and paved. Pedestrians and bicyclists may use the trail and, in the winter...
NY 8.4 mi Asphalt
The Andes Rail Trail begins in the quaint town of Andes in the beautiful Catskill Mountains region of southeastern New York and follows a branch of the former Delaware and Northern Railroad. At the...
NY 4 mi Dirt, Grass
With vistas of the Catskill Mountains and a vast blue lake, the Ashokan Reservoir Promenade is a stunner. The paved pathway begins in Olivebridge, a hamlet in southeastern New York, and spans just shy...
NY 2.7 mi Asphalt
Open in several disconnected segments, the Billings Trail is a dirt path that traverses a lovely scenic and wooded landscape outside Norfolk in northern Connecticut. Built on the abandoned railbed of...
CT 3.3 mi Dirt
The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway is a 12-mile linear park that runs from the town of Ossining north to Westchester County's Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. The trail is built on land...
NY 12 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
The Catskill Scenic Trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York's Catskill Mountains. The West Branch of the Delaware River is often in sight,...
NY 26 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The first section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail opened in June 2015. It begins at Knapp Road in Stephentown and heads south under a shady tree canopy towards New Lebanon, near the New York/Massachusetts...
NY 3.8 mi Dirt
The D&H Canal Linear Park is 45 acres with a trail situated along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, dry dock and waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. Interpretive signs...
NY 4.7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The D & H Canal towpath is nestled within the 300-acre D & H Canal Park in the New York hamlet of Cuddebackville. The crushed-stone trail, stretching just over a half mile, is one section of a larger...
NY 0.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area is located on the Orange County-Sullivan County border just south of Wurtsboro, New York. It consists of over 3,000 acres of wetlands and uplands which were...
NY 5.7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Harlem Valley Rail Trail provides a scenic ride through rolling farm fields and dense woods on the bed of the New York and Harlem Railroad that ran from New York City to Chatham. The rail-trail is...
NY 17.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Much of New York's 15-mile Heritage Trail, sails past wide fields of corn and wheat. The trail starts in Harriman at the Mary Harriman Park. From there, it heads northwest to Monroe. At Crane Park,...
NY 15 mi Asphalt
Located in the mid-Hudson Valley is a remarkable trail that is picturesque and family friendly. This flat, paved Hudson Valley Rail Trail stretches 5.5 miles through hardwood forests, over Black Creek...
NY 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Jones Point Path occupies an abandoned motor vehicle route (old US Route 9W). The path provides bicyclists with a relatively safe bypass to a dangerous section of busy US Route 9W near Bear...
NY 2 mi Ballast, Dirt
The Kaaterskill Rail Trail offers a beautiful wooded walk through Haines Falls in eastern New York, nestled in the northern Catskills. It begins at the historical Ulster & Delaware Train Station,...
NY 2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Kennedy Trail begins at the northwest corner of the 68-acre campus of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers. The town, which sits 30 miles from White Plains and 55 miles from New York...
NY 1.7 mi Cinder
The Klara Sauer Trail (formerly known as the Beacon Riverside Trail) runs for 1 mile along the Hudson River on the west side of New York's village of Beacon. The trail occupies the same corridor as...
NY 1 mi Crushed Stone
The 3.1-mile Kress Family Trail in Roxbury occupies the former route of the Shepaug Valley Railroad (the Shepaug, Litchfield and Northern Railroad). The railroad was famously known as the “crookedest...
CT 3.1 mi Dirt
The Liberty Rail Trail extends about 2.5 miles through the village of Liberty, NY, between Chestnut Street/SR 52 (near West Street) and the old rail trestle in Ferndale. The trail occupies a portion...
NY 2.6 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Owned by the Metro-North Railroad, the Maybrook Trailway starts at the Connecticut state line in Farringtons Park, and spans 5 miles into the town of Brewster. The trail follows what was once part of...
NY 3.7 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The first phase of the New Milford River Trail runs southeast from Gaylordsville via the scenic but lightly traveled River Road, through Sega Meadows to Boardman Bridge, a distance of about 5 miles....
CT 5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The North County Trailway is the longest of the four connected rail-trails breathing new life into the former New York Central Railroad's Putnam Division line. The "Old Put" provided passenger and...
NY 22.1 mi Asphalt
The O&W Rail Trail follows the route of the former Ontario & Western Railroad in southern New York. In Ulster County, nearly a dozen miles of trail are available and, in Sullivan County, another 7.5...
NY 19.3 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park follows the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct, which carried water to New York City from 1842 to 1955. Most of the structure lies beneath the trail and has...
NY 22.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Fahnestock State Park is a relatively undiscovered gems in the New York State Park System. Located a few miles east of Cold Spring Village on Rt. 301 (Main Street), the park jurisdiction was recently...
NY 2.2 mi Dirt
This rustic unpaved trail, just over three miles in length, runs along a route formerly used by the New York, Ontario, & Western Railway's Main Line through Parksville in Sullivan County, NY. The...
NY 3.2 mi Cinder
The final passenger cars of the Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad ran in 1958, but the rail line that so influenced development of this area still sparks nostalgia. The "Old Put"...
NY 11.55 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Ramble occupies a corridor abandoned by the Central New England Railroad, which provided service from 1871 through 1967. In Lakeville, the trail can be found just off of Route 41 behind...
CT 1.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Connecting the Walkill River and Shawangunk Ridge, the aptly named River-to-Ridge Trail, which opened in September 2018, runs from New Paltz to the Mohonk Preserve. Begin at the Carmine Liberta Bridge...
NY 4.9 mi Gravel
Shawangunk, Walden, and Wallkill Rail Trail is built on a railroad right-of-way that was abandoned by Conrail in the late 1970s. Conrail and its predecessors, Penn Central, New York Central, and The...
NY 4.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Coming in at just under 3 miles, the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway is anchored by the towns of Winchester to the north and Torrington to the south. It occupies the right-of-way of the Naugatuck...
CT 2.9 mi Asphalt
For family riding and walking, the Tannersville Bike Path offers a 2.7 mile stretch of graded dirt path starting on Clum Hill Road directly across from Cortina Valley. The opposite end is on Bloomer...
NY 2.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
Just an hour north of New York City, the Timp-Torne Trail offers a scenic hike through Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks with panoramic vistas of the Hudson River. The rugged blue-blazed trail...
NY 5.4 mi Dirt
Built in 1888 to link New York and New England to the coal beds of Pennsylvania and the West, the steel cantilever truss Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was the longest bridge in the world for a...
NY 1.28 mi Concrete
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail extends more than 20 miles between Kingston and Gardiner along the route of the old Wallkill Valley Railroad, which, in the late 1800s, carried produce from Ulster...
NY 21.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
The William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail is a local treasure in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and for good reason: the 13-mile trail runs through what seems like a perpetually green...
NY 13 mi Asphalt

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Heritage Trail (NY)

Beautiful trail

October, 2018 by kelly.marsicano

This is a beautiful paved trail for biking, running, walking, strollers, and wheelchairs. It is well-kept and offers scenic views--from rolling fields, to bridges, to train cars, to even an old cemetery. My husband and I biked the entire length and back on a gorgeous fall day. It was a really nice ride, but be aware that it is often a false flat trail. One other major thing to be aware of is that you CANNOT access this trail from Mary Harriman Park in Harriman. Your best bet is to access if from Monroe. If heading east on the trail toward Harriman, the trail comes to a dead end fenced off bridge with no access and you're forced to turn around and go back the way you came. Hopefully someday they will fix this and extend it into Harriman for better access. That is my only complaint about this otherwise beautiful trail.

Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Newly Paved Section

September, 2018 by bhalt299

We had been waiting for the new paved section of trail to open connecting Slingerlands to Voorheesville. It opened and they did a terrific job. There is limited parking at the Port of Albany trailhead but it’s a great ride of about 9.5 miles from there to Voorheesville. At the Voorheesville end the trail ends at a small park that has a new gazebo where an old railway station used to be.

Heritage Trail (NY)

Connecting trails

September, 2018 by hardboy1864

I have been on this trail for the last 10 years. I love this trail just for the scenery and the simple fact that its 10 minute drive away. But I recently discovered that there is a connecting rail trail. This is abandoned Erie branch line in Greycourt that passes through Washingtonville and rejoins the Erie Newburgh Shortcut at Vails Gate Junction in Vails Gate. This abandoned branch line runs directly in front of my house all the way to the orange Heritage trail. So instead of driving to this trail, I can actually can ride my bike and connect two trails.

Accordion

Putnam Trailway

It's A Workout

August, 2018 by defhq

We parked by Carmel Ave. It's a workout for the first few miles featuring hills like the Tatamy trail in Easton, PA where that crosses route 22. We were looking for a nice trail to just take it easy.

Heritage Trail (NY)

for my first time going on a long bike ride like this there was many things on the trail that surprised me along with the nature preserve along the way and and many beautiful views. I would definitely go back.

August, 2018 by lunacharleman

for my first time going on a long bike ride like this there was many things on the trail that surprised me along with the nature preserve along the way and and many beautiful views. I would definitely go back.

Heritage Trail (NY)

Smooth trail; pleasant.

July, 2018 by dcar777

We were driving home to PA from CT and stopped to stretch our legs on this trail, so we didn't ride the full length. We started at Goshen and there was plenty of parking in the municipal lot that sits right at the trail head; this was a Monday afternoon, but there was still plenty of parking (thank you to the town for providing free parking!).

The trail is nicely paved and very well maintained. The first two miles were a bit noisy because the trail runs parallel to a busy highway, but after that it was quiet and relaxing. We went a bit beyond Chester and turned around. (Unlike some other reviewers, we didn't find Chester particularly charming.) The trail was flat, easy, well shaded, and relaxing, and we were grateful to the people who keep it in such good condition. Our only (VERY minor) complaint was that close to Goshen the trail sometimes had the feel of riding moguls, probably because tree roots are growing beneath the asphalt. Overall, we would recommend the trail.

After riding, we left our car in the municipal lot and walked two blocks to the Sunshine Cafe. Although the signage made us think it was just a juice bar, it had a nice menu--great paninis and a long list of specialty burgers. We recommend the restaurant highly.

Heritage Trail (NY)

A rough start but a great finish

July, 2018 by robert.richter89

I always attempt to start at one end of a trail and ride it to the end. According to the description the trail starts in Harriman which may have been the case at one point but as of July 2018 is not so. As others have said the trail ends abruptly at 12 miles and does not go to Harriman. I'd recommend you start at Crane Park in Monroe, it is easy to find and offers plenty of parking.

As far as the trail itself the scenery was average. The trail itself is all paved and mostly flat so it made for easy riding. The towns off of the trail are very quaint, I'd highly recommend walking around Goshen and visiting Chester for its local brewery. If you'd like to extend your ride try to find the unpaved extension in Goshen. It is single track and about two miles long so I'd take a mountain or hybrid bike.

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Beautiful

July, 2018 by mytraillink88

From Wassaic to Copake, free parking in Wassaic train lot on weekends. Goes through a few small towns with bike shops including one in Copake. Lots of places to eat in the towns, some country roads tie the rail trails together, a few hills but nothing brutal, beautiful lake, plains, and frams views, and if you don't mind a small hike, check out Bash Bish falls in copake, worth the hike.

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Country road

July, 2018 by mytraillink88

Nice ride! 44 miles round trip from Denniston road, Hybrid or mountain bike recommended. Great views from bridges. Surprising cold breezes from caves welcomed on hot days. Some muddy spots but overall very ridable.

William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

Wonderful trail system

July, 2018 by darlad.da

I traveled from CT to come try this trail. Started cycling in Hopewell Junction and did the Dutchess trail, then the Walkway Over the Hudson, and the Hudson Valley trail out and back for 36 miles. Took a snack break then went back out to the Walkway and back for a total of 65 miles. Beautiful trail, clean and well kept and super clean bathrooms in Hopewell Junction. Definitely worth the trip. Hope to go back in the fall for autumn colors.

Putnam Trailway

Loved it

July, 2018 by lubger

An excellent trail, takes you through mostly wooded areas, so you won't be riding in a blazing sun much. (Take mosquito spray). We started at Baldwin Place, next to New York Sports Club and took north (the trail actually runs both ways, north AND south, from NYSC - but the southern part is probably called differently; whatever the case, the trail map shows NYSC as the south entry point for Putnam Trailway).

If you start of heading north, your ride will be easy and pleasant - you'll spend most of time on a gentle downgrade, almost not touching your pedals. (Which means, of course, it's a harder work getting BACK - so, if you are doing a loop, maybe it's better to start off on the northern end of the trail and then have an easy ride back). The road is asphalt mainly, not in ideal conditions in many places, but nothing overly concerning - I saw people on racing bikes with thin rims. We had our folding and touring bikes, absolutely no issues.

If you are a family with kids, an ideal solution would be to start at the south entry point (NYSC), have an easy glide down, then split and have one of the parents ride back while the remaining party is waiting at one of the parking lots (there are benches in some places, and shops/cafes in others, so it's doable) and then come and pick them up by car.

Kaaterskill Rail Trail

Mountains, Streams, and Railroad Ties

July, 2018 by lughnerson

November 2017
It was a good trail in the mountains, except for the bumps of leftover railroad ties. One end is a nice train station, the other is North-South Lake Campground, which you can also bike around, but is not a part of this trail. To see the wonderful water fall you have to get off the main trail a very short distance. A nice bridge over a creek too. Yeah, mountain bikes with suspension only.

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