Ashokan Reservoir Dam
  • where:  in the Catskill mountains in northern Ulster County, not far from Woodstock.
     
  • 5 miles, flat (out 2.4 miles and then back). Half on a wide paved path off-road, half on wide paved road closed to motor vehicles, and a hundred yards twice on public vehicle road. (hill index near 0) 

2 miles, if only do the all-off-road section (out 1 mile and then back). 

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For longer route options, see the Ashokan Reservoir Views route. 

  • highlights:  Wide car-free pavement with beautiful views across the largest lake in the Hudson Valley, and of the highest summits in the Catskill mountains.
     
  • characteristics:  Flat.  Nearly half the route (1 mile each way) is off-road on a wide paved path -- see photos -- and more than half (1.3 miles each way) is on a wide paved road closed to motor vehicles.  About a hundred yards (to be done twice) is on a public road open to motor vehicles -- in the middle between the two car-free halves (and some people skip it by staying only one of the two halves, perhaps repeating it for more exercise).

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  • warning:  Riding a bicycle on roads -- and off roads -- is risky.  See Notes on Bicycle Road Riding about some of the risks, and also some other helpful ideas.

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  • directions to Start: 

    By car from South:  NY Thruway to exit 19 (Kingston).  From the exit, take Rt 28 West about 5 miles to the traffic light where Rt 375 goes to Woodstock, then continue on Rt 28 West about another 5 miles.  Turn Left onto Reservoir Rd and go South 1.8 miles.  Turn Left onto Monument Road and go East 0.3 miles.  Turn Left onto Rt 28A and go East 0.9 miles.  Turn Left into an unsigned road (perhaps marked "Dead End"), and go 0.3 miles to a parking circle, sometimes called the "Frying Pan" area. 

Note:  If Reservoir Rd is closed, the parking area can also be reached by taking Rt 28A around either end of the reservoir.

GPS latitude-longitude = N41.9478,W74.1815 = 41.9478,-74.1815  [on Google Maps]
alt parking at west end = N41.9335,W74.2219 = 41.9335,-74.2219  [on Google Maps]

By car from North:  NY Thruway to exit 20 (Saugerties).  From the exit, turn Left onto Rt 32 North, then continue straight on Rt 212 West about 7 miles.  As it enters Woodstock, turn Left on Rt 375 and go about 2.4 miles to a traffic light.  Turn Right onto Rt 28 West and go about another 5 miles.  Turn Left onto Reservoir Rd -- and follow the directions under "from South". 

By car from West on Rt 28:  coming from Phoenicia on Rt 28 East, note where Rt 28A turns off just after Boiceville.  Continue Straight on Rt 28 East about 3.4 miles.  Turn Right onto Reservoir Rd -- and follow the directions under "from South". 

Note:  If Reservoir Rd is closed, the parking area can also be reached by taking Rt 28A around either end of the reservoir.

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