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A free designated trail user parking area is located on US Route 9W north in Palisades, about 0.2 mile north of Oak Tree Road on the east side of the road. Parking is limited here. You can also park off Rockland Road near the athletic fields. From Hillside Ave/US 9W, turn north on Rockland Road then shortly after turn east into the park. Follow the road a short distance to the parking lot on the right. Then ride your bike farther up the road, taking the first right, then right again at the Y. Just as the road takes its first bend to the left, you'll see the bike path on the right. NOTE: There is a user fee for entering the park by car.
The Bike path description and the previous review pretty much say it all. I would add that after you exit the trail on the north it would be very worthwhile to ride on park roads to the highest point in the park at the Sawmill Picnic Area where there are great views of Piermont, the Piermont Marsh, and the Hudson River.
"The posted trail description says it all; i.e., this is a partially paved route that cuts through Tallman Mountain State Park, connecting US Route 9W in Palisades, NY with downtown Piermont, NY. It is a popular trail for road bikers making their way to and from points north of Palisades (e.g., Bear Mountain, Nyack, and Piermont) and also a magnet for many local dog walkers.
Surface conditions from end to end are suitable for any type of bike, this regardless of the fact that a portion of the route is unpaved. With the exception of one steep incline 0.5 miles south of the Piermont trailhead, the trail is also very stroller and wheelchair suitable. This inclined surface and another small section of the trail are open on a “shared use” basis with motor vehicle traffic traveling within the State Park. As such, families with young children should exercise caution when walking or biking along any “shared use” sections.
Views along the trail are quite pleasant. The upper trail segment cuts through the middle of a heavily wooded area and the lower trail route, just south of Piermont, parallels the Hudson River at sea level.
This trail is located about 15-20 minutes north of New York City and is worth visiting if you’re nearby. However, parking at the US Route 9W trailhead is very limited; the lot fills quickly during nice weekends. And if you’re on a bicycle, expect a slower ride than usual because of the number of extended dog leashes around."
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