As warmer weather approaches, it’s only natural that outdoor enthusiasts will want to explore outside. And what better way to do so than on your favorite two-wheeler? If you live in, or are traveling to the Tri-State area, you might be aware that it offers some of the best, most scenic routes to go bike riding. And with National Bike Month just around the corner, there’s even more of an excuse to hit the trails. So what are you waiting for? Explore these enjoyable bike trails this season:
Hudson Valley Rail Trail (New York)
Located in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this paved trail spans about four miles in total, but has enough stops along the way to make a day of it. Begin your ride by picking up lunch at any of the cafes, restaurants or pubs you’ll pass in the hamlet of Highland. You’ll then pass New Paltz Road, which enters into the Black Creek Wetlands Complex, which is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Here, you can also fish as you take in views at Illinois Mountain across the way. Next, about half a mile west, you’ll enter Tony Williams Park, where you can check out the unique double bridge, a significant feature to the Hudson Valley area. Learn more about this trail at http://www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net/.
Bethpage Bikeway at Bethpage State Park (New York)
One of Long Island’s most well-known and popular biking trails, Bethpage Bikeway joins Merrick Road in Massapequa with Bethpage State Park, and includes an additional trail north to Trail View State Park in Woodbury. The park offers an array of amenities and activities, from tennis to playgrounds for the kids, world-class golf courses, and much more. It’s truly a way to pencil in a fun-filled day for the whole family. Find more information at http://www.parks.ny.gov/parks/108/details.aspx.
Mianus River Park (Connecticut)
A popular bike trail among the Tri-State area residents, the Mianus River Park borders Stamford and Greenwich. Known as the “Nature Trail,” this 2.6-mile loop will take you past 12 different stations that provide information on the nature and ecology of the path — so feel free to take your time stopping along the way to brush up on your knowledge. The ride is perfect for all types of bicyclists — experienced racers will love the steep sections of the trail, while beginners won’t have any issue on the dirt roads and flat terrain. Learn more about this scenic trail at www.friendsofmianusriverpark.org/park/mrp-trailmap.htm.
Bronx River Greenway (New York)
Currently, the Bronx River Greenway spans about 19 miles, but in the future, it will be expanded to 23 miles, heading along the river through Westchester and Bronx counties. The bike path, which is part of the Bronx River Reservation, includes a one-mile loop near Oak Street in Mount Vernon and a 4.6 mile ride connecting Palmer Road in Bronxville with Crane Road in Scarsdale. You’ll loop around a Bronxville lake as well as observe the tall silos of Concrete Plant Park, a boat launch, waterfront promenade and even chess tables. Find out more info at http://www.bronxriver.org/greenway.
Blue Mountain Bike Trail at Blue Mountain Reservation (New York)
The Blue Mountain Reservation in Westchester features nearly 1,600-acres, with 20 miles of mountain biking trails for enthusiast of all levels. In fact, the trails are marked in terms of riding ability: yellow is for beginners, orange is for intermediate and red is for advanced. On your ride, you’ll see rock outcroppings as well as have the opportunity to stop for a picnic lunch (hint: the freshwater pond is a great, secluded area for that). For more information, visit http://parks.westchestergov.com/images/stories/pdfs/blue_mtn.pdf.
Whether solo, or with family or friends, go on a bike outing on one of these great Tri-State area bike paths today.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.