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New Paltz - Wallkill Valley

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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Woodstock - Ashokan Reservoir - Catskills

  • Ashokan Reservoir Dam -- 2 miles or 5 miles.  Flat, on wide pavement most of which is closed to motor vehicles -- with first mile out-and-back all car-free.  Beautiful views across the largest lake in the Hudson Valley, and of the highest summits in the Catskill mountains.  Hill index 0.1.  Start point Ashokan Reservoir. [ Description | Map | Photos ]
     
  • Ashokan Reservoir Views -- 20 miles (or 29 miles).  Gentle-to-moderate hilliness.  Beautiful views across the largest lake in the Hudson Valley, and of the highest summits in the Catskill mountains.  900 vertical feet, hill index 2.6.  Start point Ashokan Reservoir. [ Description | Map | Photos ]
     
  • Woodstock and around the Ashokan Reservoir -- 30 miles.  Moderate hills.  The arts and shops and food of Woodstock, plus beautiful views of the largest lake in the Hudson Valley and the highest summits in the Catskill mountains.  1900 vertical feet, hill index 3.5.  Start points Woodstock, Ashokan Reservoir, Zena, Boiceville. [ Description | Map | Photos ]
     
  • 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 ]
     

 
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River Routes -- Bridge to Bridge

Ulster County has two bridges across the great Hudson River, and it's a special thing to ride across one of them.  It's even more special to ride across two of them, and each of these routes makes a loop on both sides of the river, with two bridges.

  • Mid-Hudson Bridge to Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 54 miles, hilly.  Pretty roads in quiet woods, two big Hudson river bridges, shops and sights at the Rondout waterfront, some quiet riding along the shore with a picnic park, optional side trips to Rhinebeck or New Paltz.  3400 vertical feet (feels like 3900 feet) hill index 4.0 -- also an easier version.  Start points Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Kingston, Highland. [ Description | Map | GPS ]
     
  • Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Rip Van Winkle Bridge, loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 57 miles, moderate, from Rhinecliff to Saugerties to Catskill, then Germantown and Tivoli.  Shaded roads in the woods, two fine Hudson river bridge crossings, sweeping views of farms with the Catskill mountains beyond.  
     

 
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Bike shops 

  • Table Rock Tours + Bicycles -- Rosendale, NY

  • Broadway Bike Shop -- Kingston, NY

  • Kingston Cyclery -- Kingston, NY

  • Bike Brothers -- Kingston, NY

  • Big Wheel Bicycle -- Lake Katrine, NY

  • Performance Pedal -- Ulster Park, NY

  • Overlook Mountain Bikes -- Woodstock, NY


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regions: Mid-Hudson Catskills Catskill region Wallkill area Gunks Shawangunks

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