New Paltz - Wallkill Valley routes

Ulster County, NY

List of maps for New Paltz - Wallkill Valley region 

Map of Gentler Places for bicycling around New Paltz 
  • Farms and Orchards around New Paltz -- 49 miles, gentle-to-moderate hills (with shorter variations).  Beautiful farms and orchards, a covered bridge, sweeping views of the Wallkill valley and the Shawangunk ridge.  2100 vertical feet, hill index 2.6.  Start points New Paltz, Wallkill, Tillson / Rosendale. [ Description | Map ] 
  • Farms around New Paltz -- South -- 35 miles, gentle-to-moderate hills.  Beautiful farms and orchards, with a big horse farm.  Sweeping views of the Wallkill valley and the Shawangunk ridge.  1400 vertical feet, hill index 2.2.  Start points New Paltz, Wallkill. [ Description | Map | GPS ] 
  • Great Shawangunk Hill Loop -- 32 miles, with some big steep hills.  Great descents, beautiful views.  3200 vertical feet, hill index 8.4.  Start points New Paltz, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson, Accord. [ Description | Map ]
  • New Paltz to Kingston Waterfront -- 44 miles.  Moderate hilliness.  Also a 31 mile variation.  Variety of interesting settings -- beautiful farm country, three towns with shops and food, into the woods, and the Rondout waterfront.  2400 vertical feet, hill index 3.7.  Start points New Paltz, Kingston, Port Ewen, Rosendale. [ Description | Map | GPS | Cue sheet ] 
  • New Paltz to Ashokan Reservoir -- 58 miles, big hills.  Several great descents and climbs with sweeping views over three major watersheds (Wallkill, Rondout, Esopus), lots of quiet back roads and fun little downhills -- and the biggest cliffs, the largest lake, and the highest summits in the Hudson Valley.  5200 vertical feet, hill index 6.9.  Start points New Paltz, Kerhonkson, Ashokan Reservoir, Stone Ridge. [ Description | Map | Photos ]
  • Lloyd - Highland Rail Trail -- about 5 miles on pavement with return.  Very gentle.  Pleasant off-road riding on a paved path -- additional unpaved section also open.  A good place to ride for families with children.  60 vertical feet, hill index 0.9.  Start point Lloyd (near Highland and Mid-Hudson Bridge). [ Photos ] 
  • New Paltz North : Trail + Roads -- 15 miles.  Half on an unpaved "rail trail" mostly off-road, the other half on roads.  Mostly flat, except for one hill (not that long or steep -- and avoidable).  Start point New Paltz. [ Description | Map ] 
  • New Paltz South : Trail + Roads -- 17 miles.  Mostly flat, except for one hill on the rail trail and one on the roads.  Half on an unpaved "rail trail" mostly off-road, the other half on quiet roads.   Start points New Paltz or Gardiner. [ Description | Map ] 

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Comparison of routes South from New Paltz

  • New Paltz South - Rail Trail -- minimizes your interaction with motor vehicle traffic.  Other routes add lots more nice riding and views, but if you don't have the skills and experience (or desire) for traffic interaction, or if you want to limit the miles and hills, choose this one.
  • Wallkill - Horse Farm variation of New Paltz South - Rail Trail -- goes all the way to the village of Wallkill, and adds some pretty sights (also more miles and hills).  But it has more traffic interaction (0.4Mi on Bruyn Turnpike and 0.2Mi on Albany Post Rd have narrow or no shoulders, but can get significant motor vehicle traffic).
  • Farms around New Paltz -- South -- adds yet more interesting riding and views (and miles and hills) -- but with substantially greater traffic interaction risk. 
  • East of the Wallkill variation of Farms and Orchards around New Paltz -- adds some pretty orchard country (with quieter roads, if the Brookside Variation is taken) -- but at the cost of a substantial hill climb on South St and Hull Ave, and more miles.

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