Farms + Hills of Southeast Columbia
  • Where:  southeast Columbia County, NY.
  • 46 miles, hilly (3500 vertical feet, hill index 5.9)  

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  • Highlights:  Some of our very favorite farms and views and descents on lots of back roads.  A visit to another world.  

One of our favorite rides.

  • Characteristics:  Hilly.  About 6 miles on dirt roads (but there are alternative variations to avoid it).  For the main route, traffic interaction is typical for routes on this website. 

Hill climbs:  Total uphill climbing is about 3500 vertical feet.  Longest climb is about 430 vertical feet at an average grade of 6%, which includes 100 feet at over 9%.  Also four other climbs with sections around 75-100 feet at around 9-10% grade.  Several other 75-100 feet uphill sections around 7-8% grade. (see Measuring Hilliness)

Traffic:  The main route has about 4 miles on high-speed and/or high-volume roads, about 4 miles on moderate-traffic roads, and the rest on roads that normally have low traffic volumes.  

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  • Directions to Start in West Taghkanic: 

From the South or North:  Take the Taconic State Parkway to the Route 82 exit (a little north of Lake Taghkanic State Park), then West on Route 82 a short ways. 

From the West and New York Thruway:  Take Thruway Exit 21 at Catskill.  Take Route 23 East across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (toll).  After the bridge, bear left to stay on Route 23 East and go about 5 miles.  When Route 23 turns Left, continue onto Route 82 and go southeast for almost another 5 miles, and West Taghkanic is just before the Taconic Parkway. 

Alternate starts:  Lake Taghkanic State Park, Philmont, Hillside, Copake, Ancram. 

  • Maps:  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:  Lake Taghkanic Claverack Philmont Hillsdale Copake Ancramdale Ancram Mid-Hudson Columbia county  -- west east north south -- city town township village hamlet

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