Livingston Orchards and Farms
  • where:  town of Livingston, in southwest Columbia County, NY.

  • 13 miles, gentle-to-moderate hilliness (650 vertical feet, hill index 2.4).

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21 miles, gentle-to-moderate hilliness (950 vertical feet, hill index 2.6), if Variation C is taken.  

24 miles if all of Variations A, B, C are taken.

For two longer routes that pass through this area, see Grand Tour of Columbia County and Roeliff Jansen Kill

  • highlights:  An immersion in quiet farm country, with sweeping views of fields and orchards and the Catskill mountains in the distance.  Our favorite gentle-to-moderate ride.  Story of this route 

  • characteristics:  Mostly on quiet roads, with a couple of moderate climbs.

And it might have been a longer time since some of the Variations of the route were last checked by us.  Some roads and intersections might be different since then, or closed -- so be prepared to find alternatives -- a good reason to carry a detailed map. Other people may have more recent experiences with parts of the route which could help prepare: see the Reports page linked below.

Route not checked by us since 2001 -- learn more | see Reports

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by car:  There is more than one "Livingston" in New York, so make sure you are driving to the one in Columbia county, near Germantown on the east side of the Hudson River: see where on map.

GPS latitude-longitude = N42.1419,W73.7786 = 42.1419,-73.7786  [on Google Maps]

From the Taconic State Parkway, at West Taghkanic exit to Route 82, go West 0.8 mile, then turn Left onto Livingston Rd about 3.2 miles to the its intersection with Columbia County Route 19 at the center of Livingston.

From Route 9, turn East onto Columbia County Route 10 (Church Rd) and go about 0.1 mile to the center of Livingston. 

There is not much parking by the center of Livingston.

by train:  This route can be reached from the Amtrak station in Hudson, NY, but this makes it much longer and adds more hills.  Start North on Front St, turn R on Columbia St, continue until reach Rt 23B, east of the city of Hudson.  R on Newman Rd (which goes up a significant hill, then passes an interesting quarry), R on Fingar Rd, R on Rt 23 West, L on CC Rt 31, and turn R on CC Rt 14 to join Variation C of the route.  To return on different roads to the railroad station, follow the Grand Tour of Columbia County route.

  • map:  You should have a detailed road map of Columbia County to do this route (see Maps).

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places: Hudson river valley, New York state, NY

sites:  Livingston Germantown Lake Taghkanic Mid-Hudson Columbia county  -- west east north south -- city town township village hamlet

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