where: From the village of Rhinebeck (not far from the
east end of the
Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge) in Dutchess country, north up the East side of the river
into Columbia county to the city of Hudson (not far from the east end of
the Rip Van Winkle bridge).
roughly 32 miles, gentle-to-moderate hills.
This one-way route along the east side of the Hudson River
can be done by using the eastern half of one of the bridge-to-bridge
For more information and reports, check the
Bridge / Rip Van Winkle Bridge Loop.
But in our rides from NYC to Albany, we've
normally done it by this route:
highlights: Shaded roads in the woods. Sweeping views of orchards and farms of southwest Columbia county with the Catskill mountains beyond.
(optionally the historic mansion and famous hilltop view of Olana.)
characteristics: Mostly quiet roads. Some rolling hills --
with one longer climb and one steep climb.
in Germantown, instead of Woods Rd and Dales Bridge,
some other pretty roads to try are Hog Trough Rd, Binghams Mills Rd, and
Columbia county Rt 31.