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Length
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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

17.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (NY)

15.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

7.1 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

Kingston Point Rail Trail

1.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

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
Accordion

Maybrook Trailway

3.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

New Milford River Trail

5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

North County Trailway

20.7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

O&W Rail Trail

25.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

26.5 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

11.9 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Railroad Ramble

1.7 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

River-to-Ridge Trail

4.9 mi
State: NY
Gravel

Sue Grossman Still River Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Timp-Torne Trail

5.4 mi
State: NY
Dirt

Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail

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

Walkway Over The Hudson

1.6 mi
State: NY
Concrete

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

21.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Following the route of the former Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railway, the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail serves as a scenic oasis and community connector for residents living southwest of...
NY 9 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 Delaware & Hudson 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....
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
Paralleling the Connecticut and Massachusetts borders, which lie only a few miles away, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a beautiful paved wooded pathway along the former New York & Harlem Railroad...
NY 17.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Built on the former Erie Railroad main line, the 15-mile Heritage Trail runs through the small Orange County towns of Goshen, Chester, Monroe, and Harriman. The shaded trail runs through different...
NY 15.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Offering a picturesque and family-friendly adventure, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail stretches 7.1 miles through hardwood forests, over Black Creek, and under two spectacular stone-arch bridges....
NY 7.1 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 Kingston Point Rail Trail will be a paved pathway stretching from Kingston’s midtown to the Rondout Creek waterfront, connecting important points in the community such as Kingston High School,...
NY 1.2 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
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
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 former “Old Put” commuter rail corridor that ran from the Bronx to northern bedroom communities in Westchester and Putnam Counties is popular once again, only this time it’s for people riding...
NY 20.7 mi Asphalt
The O&W Rail Trail provides a glimpse into the area’s history from the perspectives of both a historical canal and a railroad. The Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal carried coal from Honesdale,...
NY 25.9 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
At first glance, there’s no evidence that an aqueduct ever existed along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The trail is often a singletrack dirt pathway that winds through communities and trees and...
NY 26.5 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 old New York Central rail line that ran from the Bronx to northern bedroom communities in Westchester and Putnam Counties carried commuters during the workweek, but on the weekends tourists...
NY 11.9 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
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
The Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail is built on a former Conrail right-of-way. Conrail and its predecessors, Penn Central, New York Central, and The Wallkill Valley Railway, provided service to farmers...
NY 4.3 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park—the longest pedestrian bridge in the world at just over 1.6 miles—emerges from the trees and over the rooftops of the old riverfront town of...
NY 1.6 mi Concrete
While the Wallkill Valley Railroad no longer carries fruits and vegetables from Ulster County to New York City, trail users can still discover small, family-owned farms and farmers markets serving up...
NY 21.3 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
The William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail—named for the county executive who championed it—is a local treasure in the Hudson Valley region of New York. The 13.1-mile trail runs through what seems...
NY 13.1 mi Asphalt

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William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

Best Paved Bike Trail in Hudson Valley Region

September, 2019 by greggcollichio

We just finished riding this trail yesterday 9/9/19 and we have to say this is the best maintained paved trail we have ever rode our bikes on.

We started from the southern endpoint in Hopewell Junction and rode the trail to Poughkeepsie where we rode over the Walkway Over The Hudson on onto the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to New Paltz. There are train stations along the way where you can sit a a picnic table and eat or you can try one of the food trucks at the walkway before or after crossing the Hudson.

The trail is wide with plenty of room for three bikes to pass each other and there are not too many road crossings and none of them are busy roads. The thing that stood out to us as we rode was the trail signs directing you to the different points and the entrance and exit ramps to the many parking areas and local road access points along the way with the many benches to sit if you want to take a break. The trail is mostly wooded and there is not much to see as far as scenery but if you looking for a level smooth place to ride, this trail is a great choice.

North County Trailway

Beautiful Paved Trail

September, 2019 by greggcollichio

We have biked this trail numerous times over the past 7 years and it's one of the trails we always go back to. We usually start at the Millwood parking lot and head north. The bridge over the Croton Reservoir is the highlight of the trip. There are horse farms and wooded sections along a rock gorge before you merge onto the Putnam Trailway. The trail is crowded on weekends so if you can get away during the week you will have this trail to yourself pretty much until the afternoon.

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

September, 2019 by greggcollichio

We had a wonderful time riding from Gardiner on the southern endpoint to Rosendale when we turned around due to the weather changing for the worse. We rode back to New Paltz and ate at "The Station" restaurant right on the trail before heading back to our car in Gardiner. The trail was level and wooded which was a blessing since the temperature was nearing 90 degrees. There are several bridges and streams to cross and beautiful scenery.
The only drawback was since its a packed dirt trail there was quite a bit of mud to evade or in some places unable to evade. The thick black mud coated our bikes and ourselves pretty good. Our advice is to avoid riding in the rain or just after a heaving rain and pick a nice dry day to ride.
Overall we loved the trail and will go back this fall and finish the northern section and adjacent trails.

Accordion

Walkway Over The Hudson

awesome, but not for skating

September, 2019 by amandaleemottram

I visited the walkway to roller skate, because I’d heard great things about it, and that it was super smooth. The rail trail on the Poughkeepsie side was super smooth and great, but the actual Walkway had huge cracks, some quite raised, every two feet. This made it impossible to flow and we basically had to march our skates across it, and I took two pretty bad falls (thank you, protective gear.) Soooo that was a real bummer. The rail trail on the other side was smooth for a bit but then got very rough. It was definitely worth the trip, but I wouldn’t recommend skating the walkway if you want a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Putnam Trailway

stunning

August, 2019 by mauramacdarmada

This is a beautiful ride through an area lush with lake views. The surface provides a smooth ride. The trail is well maintained with a bike repair station.

Jones Point Path

A short but interesting challenge

August, 2019 by new435

We chickened out last year about half-way down and turned back because it was getting too thick with brush. Decided to take another crack at it by myself today and I found it an interesting challenge. Rocky and hilly with loose dirt and sections where parts were washed away, which made it somewhat of a challenge if youre moving at any significant speed. I ended up with a few scrapes from the sticker bushes, some of which you cant avoid because youre too busy watching the trail to make sure you dont get your wheel caught in a rut in the washed-away sections.

All in all It was a short, somewhat challenging trail, with some nice views of the river at the end. At 2 miles, it should be a nice chal;lenge for a novice or intermediate mountain bike rider, but you definitely should not try this on a road bike.

Heritage Trail (NY)

No access from the south trailhead.

August, 2019 by jonathon.e.fullick

This trail is totally inaccessible from the southern trailhead.

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Thanks

August, 2019 by wayne7532

Thanks! to the HVRT for resurfacing some of the trail that the tree roots had pushed up pavement. It was nice to be able to ride without having your fillings about ready to come out Thanks HVRT

Walkway Over The Hudson

Walkway and connecting trails are great

August, 2019 by hcmihalich

We stayed at a very nice little inn called Inn at Twaalfskill that has a driveway that connects to the western side of the bridge on the Hudson Valley Trail. The bridge is a little crowded, so you have to take care, but it is worth the spectacular view. The Hudson Valley Trail on the west side and the Dutchess Trail on the east are both well maintained and less crowded than the bridge itself. HIGHLY recommended. The Inn is a great quiet getaway that could not be more convenient for access to the trails.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

NYC to Croton dam

July, 2019 by arjanheeres

The trail offers the opportunity to ride in the green and without cars for most stretches, but its views are limited.

The first part through Yonkers is very uninspiring, it looks more like a landfill than a nice trail, so I would definitely skip that part next time. Coming through those Hudson villages is nice, but it also creates the necessity to cross a lot of streets. That wouldn't have been much of a problem if the trail was designed for it, but the way it is now you need to dismount your bike because the curbs are just too high to bike over, so that definitely takes the flow out of the ride.

Signage is poor at some places as well, I would recommend a GPS unit to ride the whole trail. There are also a couple of unbikeably steep sections that also require you to dismount. The final destination, Croton dam, is impressive to see and the highlight of the route.

All in all a very mediocre biking trail, but options are very limited anyway, departing from NYC. I think I won't be riding it again.

Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

GREAT TRAIL!

July, 2019 by mhammer323

My son and I stopped to the Voorheesville trailhead which is considered the end of the trail. We biked from here to the start of the trail in what's considered Albany. This is a great trail. From the beginning in Albany to Voorheesville is slightly uphill going but the way back is more of downhill feel (this coming from my 12 year old son). He did say this is one of his favorite trails we've ever done! They have bikers tools and air pumps at the beginning of this trail which is cool. Lots to see also along this trail. Will definitely make the travel to do this trail again! As described it is 9 miles each way.

Heritage Trail (NY)

Newest extension makes this great trail even greater!

July, 2019 by andrew012651

I just cycled the new 2.2 mile Heritage Trail extension from Goshen to Hartley Road. It opened July 18 and today (July 29) I did not see a single person on this section going 4.4 miles round trip . Not one. I feel that the county spent a million dollars paving it just for me. I also cycled to other end at Harriman. This is the easiest 30 miles round trip that one can do. Kudos to Orange County for replacing eroded sections with root bumps with smooth new asphalt (lots of the Westchester rail trails sections need this improving). A review below says the trail isn’t 15 each way. It is. The Harriman to Goshen main trail ends at Saint James Place. There are no signs telling you where to pick up this new section. Common sense tells you to follow where the rail line once was. Hint: Railroad Ave. past the old train station. I had to go through an apartment or condominium complex through an open gate and there it is. Beautifully done. This just adds to the greatness that is the Heritage Trail. It is the best within 50 miles of NYC and NNJ. Dutchess Rail Trail to the Walkway Over The Hudson is the best within 100 miles. The Heritage just ends there at Hartley Road. Goshen has lots of place to eat, though, back in the town. Trailside Treats abuts it and is nice (but doesn’t open until noon).

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