Woodstock and around the Ashokan Reservoir
  
  • Where:  in the Catskill mountains in northern Ulster County.
     
  • 30 miles.  Moderate hills (1900 vertical feet, hill index 3.5).

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  • Highlights:  The arts and shops and food of Woodstock, and the surrounding houses of those who enjoy its culture.  Beautiful views across the largest lake in the Hudson Valley, and of the highest summits in the Catskill mountains.
     
  • Characteristics:  No really big climbs, but several moderate ones.  Traffic interaction is somewhat greater than most routes on this website.

Warning:  Some of the roads and paths of this route along the Ashokan Reservoir were closed to bicycling for several months in response to the 9/11 events.  Since then all of them have been re-opened for bicycling (as of November 2006).   See details on Road Condition Reports, under "Ulster County".  

If those roads or paths are closed, the obvious alternate for the main route is to stay on Route 28A East-bound for the section near the Ashokan Reservoir.

Hill climbs:  Total vertical around 1900 feet.  Five climbs of around 150-200 feet, with some sections of those greater than 6% grade.  Variation B adds two more climbs for another 300 vertical feet of climbing, with one section over 10% grade. 

Downhills:  A very steep descent on Piney Point Rd / Cold Brook Rd down to Route 28 -- at an average grade of about 9% for over 300 vertical feet, including a sustained section over 12%.  This can be avoided by taking Variation A -- Winnie Rd is not quite as steep, and for only about half as long.  Variation B has a steep descent of about 100 feet with much of it over 9% grade; it ends in a curve at a single-lane bridge.

Traffic:  Not many sections on really quiet roads -- the area is too popular, especially on weekends.  Rt 212 can have significant traffic and higher speeds, and does not have wide shoulders.  Rt 28 has high-speed traffic, but pretty reasonable shoulders in the section on this route.  Rt 28A is a reasonably wide road without marked shoulders, but some other non-really-quiet roads are not that wide and do not have shoulders.  If you're not experienced and comfortable with handling traffic, you should choose a different route (especially on a popular weekend). 

  • Warning:  Riding a bicycle on 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.  Turn Right at traffic light onto Rt 375 and go North about 2.4 miles.  Turn Left onto Rt 212 and go about 0.4 miles into the center of Woodstock at Rock City Rd.  Turn Right on Rock City Rd for public parking.

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 7.5 miles to the center of Woodstock.   Turn Right on Rock City Rd for public parking.

By car from West on Rt 28:  coming from Phoenicia on Rt 28 East, go about 2.5 miles, then turn Left onto Rt 212 and go East about 9 miles into the center of Woodstock.  Turn Left on Rock City Rd for public parking.  (Or start the route in Boiceville.)

Other starting points:  Ashokan Reservoir (see Ashokan Reservoir Views route), Zena, Boiceville.

  • You should have a detailed road map of Ulster County to do this route (see Maps). 

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