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Biking Trails | Bike Paths

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 Beacon Biking Trails | Bike Paths

Long Dock Park, Beacon Point Park, launching boats, arts, activities, popular attractions, perfect place to fish, Things to Do at Long Dock Park, Biking Trails, Boat Launch, Fishing, Kayaking & Canoeing, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing | Dutchess Long Dock Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

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  Long Dock Park / Beacon Point Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "A critical 19th-century transportation link between New England and points west, Long Dock once contained a rail ferry terminal, warehouses and other buildings. More recently, it was home to an oil terminal, salt-storage facility and junkyard. All traces of its commercial and industrial past have been removed to create an exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, and the restored, historic Red Barn, now Scenic Hudson's River Center for arts and environmental-education activities. Long Dock Park   "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

restaurants in Dutchess County, Things to Do,  Hudson River Valley, New York State, Park, Fishkill Creek, Beacon Shoreline Trail, Beacon train station, trails along the Fishkill Creek, scenic overlooks of Fishing Pier, Hiking / Walking Trails, Picnicking | Dutchess Madam Brett Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Madam Brett Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital. Madam Brett Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Dutchess County Biking Trails | Bike Paths

Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Boat Rentals, Campsites, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Camping, Hiking Trails, Walking Trails, Hunting, Ice Fishing, Nature Trails, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Winter activities, boating, swimming, beautiful beach | Dutchess Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Dutchess County

845-225-7207 
  Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park offers an excellent range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086-acre park boasts hiking trails, picnic areas, scenic campgrounds, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, birding and many more activities for kids of all ages.

Click to enlarge picture of "Fishing and Boating at Fahnestock State Park".

Clarence Fahnestock State Park Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Dutchess County | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Dutchess and Columbia County Trail, Harlem Valley Rail Trail, "Harlem Valley Rail Trail – Columbia County,  Dutchess County, Things to Do on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Biking, Hiking / Walking, Roller blading, Winter Activities | Dutchess Harlem Valley Rail Trail - Dutchess and Columbia

 
  The Dutchess and Columbia County Trail is located from the southern trail head at the Wassaic Metro North Station, through the easten side of Dutchess County the trail heads north into Columbia County. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail currently has over 15 miles of paved biking trails and is actively used by thousands of walkers and bikers every year. Harlem Valley Rail Trail - Dutchess and Columbia | Dutchess  website and more . . .

Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club

845-625-4151 
  Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club (MHBC) is a recreational club founded in 1966. Its goal is to enhance member's enjoyment of cycling by offering organized rides and activities and various informational programs. The club promotes and encourages cycling by providing safe, pleasant opportunities to bicycle. Membership is open to anyone interested in cycling, from a beginning cyclist up to an expert. Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Millerton Village Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12546, Millerton, NY, deer hunting, turkey hunting, Rudd Pond Area, Things to Do at Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area, Beach, Biking, Boating, Boat Launch, Boat rentals, Campsites, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating | Dutchess Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area

518-789-3059 
  Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area is located at 59 Rudd Pond Road, Millerton, NY 12546 in Dutchess County in the northern Hudson Valley. The park is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive hiking trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views. Taconic State Park - Rudd Pond Area | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Town of Pawling Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12564, Pawling, NY, picnic and nature walk, hot summer days, swim in the lake, picnic tables, shelters and pavilions, activities, Things to Do at Lakeside Park, Biking, Boat rentals, Family outing, Hiking, Playground, Swimming | Dutchess Lakeside Park

845-855-1131 
  Lakeside Park, a 280-acre park, is located at 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY 12564 in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

This 290-acre park in Pawling is made for an all-day family outing. Enjoy a picnic and nature walk, and on hot summer days enjoy boating or a swim in the lake. Lakeside Park has picnic tables, shelters and pavilions where you can picnic, followed by one or more of the many activities available at the park such as kayaking on the lake, biking, hiking, and in winter, cross-country skiing. Lakeside Park | Dutchess  more . . .
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 Poughkeepsie Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12601State Historic Park, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, nationwide railway network, new state park, Hudson River, history, maps, activities, Poughkeepsie NY Dutchess County, Highland NY Ulster County | Dutchess Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess

845-834-2867 
  "On October 3, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson opened the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world." Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Staatsburg Biking Trails | Bike Paths

12580, State Park, marina, camping sites, hiking trails, Ogden Mills, Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park, camping, boat launch ramp, activities and attractions, Things to Do, Biking, Boat Launches, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking | Dutchess Mills Norrie State Park (Margaret Lewis Norrie)

845-889-4646 
  Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is located at Staatsburg NY 12580, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park adjoins Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and together, comprise more than 1,000-acres. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park offers a full menu of exhilarating recreational opportunities and activities for visitors of all ages. Mills Norrie State Park (Margaret Lewis Norrie) | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Staatsburg NY, Mills Memorial State Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Dinsmore Public Golf Course, best hiking in the hudson valley, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, views of the Hudson River, History | Dutchess Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park

845-889-4646 
  Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County. The Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park adjoins Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and together, comprise more than one thousand acres. Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Historic Site, Staatsburg NY, Ogden Mills, great estate, History, mansion, tours, activities, Things to Do at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Biking, Group Tours, Hiking, Historic House, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Dutchess Staatsburgh "State Historic Site"

845-889-8851 
  Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Staatsburgh is the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). Also known as the American Renaissance, this period in American history was marked by America's rapid economic growth and emergence as a world power. Darius Ogden Mills, father of Ogden Mills, established the family fortune by investing in banks, railroads and mines. Ogden Mills, like his father, was a noted financier and philanthropist. In 1882 he married Ruth Livingston, whose family had been prominent landowners in the Hudson Valley since the 17th century. In 1890, Ruth Livingston Mills inherited her childhood home and property which had once belonged to her great-grandfather, Morgan Lewis, the third governor of New York State. Staatsburgh  "State Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Biking Trails | Bike Paths

Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Albany Albany County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Columbia Columbia County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Greene Greene County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Orange Orange County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Putnam Putnam County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Rockland Rockland County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Ulster Ulster County
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Biking Trails | Bike Paths | Westchester Westchester County
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Bike Paths | Biking Trails
Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam
Rensselaer, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster
Hudson Valley


Find up-to-date list of biking trails in the Hudson Valley of New York. Review the best places to go biking in the Hudson Valley. Easily find places to bike by location. Biking trails are listed by town, village, or hamlet, within county in the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. Learn about the many biking trails in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster counties. Experience biking at its best at www.HudsonValleyAttractions.com where you will find biking paths and bike trails to satisfy all levels of bikers.

Plan a family biking trip. Kids love to spend time out and about with their family; especially if you pack a delicious picnic lunch for the family to enjoy during your family day out. Be sure to pack plenty of water, healthy snacks, and your biking gear. Visit Biking Trails | Bike Paths; select a bike trail that matches your level of experience. Experienced bikers will find many challenging bike rides. Beginners and moderate bikers will also find many trails suitable for their level of expertise. Enjoy a day out biking in the Hudson Valley. A day outdoors, surrounded by nature, can be satisfying while providing great exercise. Also, enjoy the fun of going somewhere by bike.

Biking provides a fun method of transportation that affords many health benefits. You can bike off main roads and find great biking paths in country settings filled with beautiful landscapes and nature. Also enjoy the thrill of going somewhere without car fumes and noise.

Biking is an invigorating and liberating experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Children and teens can enjoy biking with their grandparents; giving everyone an opportunity to have a fun day out and learn more about each other. In warm weather, pack a picnic, find a beautiful setting, and enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.

Health Benefits of Biking
Riding a bike is good for your health and is lots of fun. Biking offers many opportunities to get in shape and get healthy. Biking can help protect you from depression, diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, strokes, and it is believed that biking can also protect you from some cancers. Riding a bike is a healthy, low-impact form of exercise and is safe for people of all ages that are in generally good health. Regular biking stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation while reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Biking is a low impact exercise. Biking causes less strain and inuries than many other forms of exercise.

  • Biking offers muscle workout. Biking uses all major muscle groups as you pedal, especially up-hill.

  • Biking improves strength, stamina, and aerobic fitness.

  • Biking is an excellent means of transportation for short or even longer distances.

  • Biking is flexible and can be used to build up endurance.

  • Biking is good for beginners since you can vary the intensity of a bike ride by initially riding on flat trails rather than hills, and by biking at low speeds.

Biking trails are often surrounded by fresh air, trees, the sounds of birds, small animals, and the wonderful breadth of nature. Hudson Valley biking offers a wide range of places to go biking for all levels of bikers. The beginning biker, intermediate, and experienced biker can find places to bike that are suitable to their level of expertise.

Plan a day, weekend, or vacation in the Hudson Valley where you can experience the best biking has to offer. Take a short bike trip or plan a more challenging biking trip along scenic landscapes; and immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

    Biking with Kids
    Biking is ranked among the best activities for kids and most kids really enjoy biking. When planning a biking trip, let the child's ability guide you. Some kids are more comfortable on a bike than others, so when selecting a bike trail include your children when selecting a bike trail.

    Benefits of biking with kids are many. Biking allows you to share an experience or adventure with your child where you can discover nature as you bike one of many excellent Hudson Valley biking paths. Biking benefits include breathing fresh air, nature study where you learn about birds, small animals, wild flowers, trees, and more about the natural world around us.

    You can work together with your child to map out and determine the biking route that best suits you and your child's ability. Show them maps with biking trails and teach them how to read these biking maps. In addition to the many benefits listed above, biking is good for your mental and physical health, and biking is mostly a free activity. Biking is within reach of most people that are reasonably healthy, regardless of financial circumstances.

    Involve your child in the planning stages of preparing a family biking trip. Select a trail together, and then create a simple map that your child can read while on the trail. You can also teach the child how to read trail markers. If your child is not initially interested in biking, you may want to reward your child at the end of a bike for helping to find the biking markers and the way forward or back to home base. This added incentive may encourage your child to enjoy the biking experience.

    During the preparation phase of the bike, give children a list of biking essentials and let them pack their own biking bag or backpack. The backpack should include gear similar to your own such as a whistle, rainwear, compass, and first-aid kit. In addition to involving the children in adventures of biking they will feel grownup and responsible as you work together to make the bike trip a success.

    When collecting supplies for your bike trip, always include plenty of water, healthy snacks that your child enjoys, and a map that your child can read. Involve them in decisions of where to bike as you would involve another adult. Here are some suggestions toward building a successful biking experience with kids:

  • Invite your child's friend so they can share the adventure together; as we all know, "Grownups can get boring."

  • Pack protein snacks that are good for the kids and that they enjoy eating.

  • In cool weather, pack warm dry clothes and backup clothing.

  • Plan a biking trip with a special activity or attraction at the end of the trail. For example:

  • The most important thing to remember is that biking should be fun. Don't stress if you cannot complete your biking trip, or if it starts to rain, or if it's too hot. Just enjoy the time you have together. These memories will last a lifetime for both you, your children, and your whole family.

Biking Trails in the lower-Hudson Valley
Biking in Westchester County
Biking in Rockland County

Biking Trails in the mid-Hudson Valley
Biking in Putnam County
Biking in Orange County
Biking in Dutchess County
Biking in Ulster County

The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Columbia County. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced bikers will find many biking paths and trails. Check for places to go hinking in Columbia.
The mid-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Greene County. Find trails for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, Check for places to bike in Greene.
The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Rensselaer County. Find trails at all levels for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, Check for places to bike in Rensselaer.
The upper-Hudson Valley offers biking for all levels of bikers at Biking in Albany County. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced biker, you will find many trails at all levels. Check for places to bike in Albany.
Although biking trails vary in difficulty, a common thread is that biking is good for your physical and mental health as well as your spirit. Many biking trails are located in large parks; allowing you to breath fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature such as the sounds of birds and small animals running about; and biking trails usually run through scenic landscapes offering great photo opportunities. Before starting your first bike trip review essentials for biking.
    Essentials for Biking Safety on City Streets and in the Country include:

  • Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.

  • Always wear your helmet - Bicyclist's 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet when operating a bicycle. The helmet must conform to the standard established by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell) at all times.

  • Never ride against traffic - Motorist’s aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other operating vehicles.

  • Don’t pass on the right - Motorist's may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.

  • Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

  • Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.

  • Never operate a bicycle wearing headphones, talking on a cell phone or text messaging - Wearing headphones, talking on a cell phone or text messaging when operating a bicycle can be a deadly distraction. Be alert to your surroundings; stop your bicycle when sending or receiving a cell phone call or text message.

  • Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked “right-turn only.”

  • Do not consume alcohol - Consuming alcohol and operating a bicycle do not mix. Alcohol can dramatically diminish a bicyclist’s cognitive and physical abilities and can result in a crash.

  • Dress appropriately - In rain, wear a poncho or a waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear brightly colored clothing.

  • Use hand signals - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy and of self-protection.

  • Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic - Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic.

  • Choose the best way to turn left - There are two choices: (1) Like an automobile: Signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: Ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.

  • Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver who might pose a threat to your safety.

  • Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

  • Use lights at night - New York law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a red rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).

  • Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.

  • Source: Tips for Safe Biking.




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