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Welcome to Cycling in the Wallkill River Valley

There are lots of great places to ride your bike in our area.
This page is organized into three sections.
Off-road Rides-*- Road Rides-*- Singletrack

    Off-road Rides

    Jumping Frog
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve
    27 miles of carriage trails and awe inspiring views. An all-terrain bike is recommended but you can manage with a hybrid. Take a break and go for a swim in Lake Awosting or Lake Minnewaska.
    Note: Helmets required. No Singletrack. Please ride on designated trails only.
    Admission: NYS Parks parking fee
    Phone: 845-255-0752

  • Mohonk Preserve
    A not-for-profit nature preserve dedicated to the protection of 6,400 acres of semi-wilderness in the Northern Shawangunk Mountains. 22 miles of carriage trails similar to Minnewaska State Park.
    Note: Helmets required. No Singletrack. Please ride on designated trails only.
    Day Fee for non-members
    Annual Bike Permit Fee
    Phone: 845-255-0919

  • Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
    Rail Trail The Rail Trail stretches 12.2 miles from the New Paltz / Rosendale town line to the Gardiner / Shawangunk town line. The surface varies from packed cinders to loose stone. A mountain bike or hybrid is recommended. The terrain is flat, the scenery spectacular. Perfect for casual family rides. Yield right-of-way to hikers and horses.
    The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining, promoting, and improving the Rail Trail. Contact them at PO Box 1048, New Paltz, NY 12561.
    The Bicycle Rack is located one block from the Rail Trail.

  • In our Book department
    25 Bicycle Mountain Bike Tours in the Hudson Valley
    Peter Kick, Backcountry Publications
    40 Great Rail-Trails in New York and New England
    Karen-Lee Ryan, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy/Saturn Corporation

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    Road Rides

    Biker Biker Biker
  • Bicycle Rack Ride Sheets
    The ride sheets were "lost" with my old computer. I am currently making new ones.
    For now you can:
           find a route here - New Paltz Area Bicycle Routes
           Stop in and we'll show you where to ride.

  • In our Book department
    25 Bicycle Tours in the Hudson Valley
    Howard Stone, Backcountry Publications
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"Hey, where's the singletrack, man?" It's a question we get all the time.
The truth is that there is no legal singletrack in the immediate New Paltz area. Yes, there are renegades who seem to know some secret spots. We think it is irresponsible to ride on the private property of others without their permission.
The closest and best singletrack riding is found at the Stewart Buffer Lands in New Windsor. The Buffer Lands adjoin Stewart/Newburgh Airport. The access is at the DEC entrance on Route 207, which is 3 miles west of the Airport entrance.

  • Other nearby singletrack can be located visiting -
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