along the Hudson river -- in one long (multi-day) tour
Some people like to visit a new region and explore it with one long
multi-day tour. For the Hudson valley, following the great river from New
York to Albany is the natural choice. It can work also for people who live in the Hudson valley and want to try
a new kind of adventure on their bike.
The route starts in the center of the modern world -- or at least the center of the
money. It ends in the historic capital of New York state. In between
it travels along a beautiful "fiord" -- a tidal finger of the Atlantic ocean that
reaches inland through ancient mountains.
No shortage of ups and downs, but no truly large hills. Riding
on a surprisingly large number of reasonable roads without high-speed traffic.
GPS-capable digital mapping is available for all
stages from GWB to Albany -- see links for each section below. Or see
this GPX file with tracks for
the different sections all together in one file.
That depends on how strong your legs are. But more important:
How long do you want it to take?
Nowadays the ancient valley of the Hudson has been
overlaid with cities linked by high-speed motorways, and filled in with housing
Our route discovers a different way: Horse farms on
quiet roads, long views along the great river, historic towns and apple
orchards. When we have seen reports from other people who have biked from
New York to Albany, we find that they used a lot of major roads -- which are shorter,
simpler, less hilly (and have high-speed
But the major roads miss what makes the Hudson valley special. Our route
offers a choice. You can try out some quiet exploration where it sounds
interesting. Then if your time gets short or the hills too much, the major roads
should not be difficult to find.
where: The route starts on Manhattan island, crosses the George
Washington Bridge, and heads North. It takes the West side for the first
two-thirds thru New Paltz,
then crosses back from Kingston to Rhinecliff and continues up the East side until the
last bridge over to Albany.
The "Poughkeepsie variation" takes the West
side for the first half, then crosses back at Poughkeepsie and continues
up the East side until the last bridge over to Albany.
See also: overview
Map | Planning ideas | Alternates
variation: Poughkeepsie to Rhinebeck
map on Bikely
cue sheet on Bikely
Earth KML |
GPX file with tracks for different sections on one map for GPS.
Unlike the other routes on this website, some of the route direction "cue
sheets" for these routes are given as Excel spreadsheets. For a
description of the symbols on the route direction sheets, see the Symbols