Cycle the Hudson Valley Itinerary

July 30 - August 5, 2023

Gathering & Check-in Day

Saturday 7/29

Albany (Troy) Pre-Ride Events

OVERNIGHT: Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180.
  • Pre-ride to downtown Albany along the Hudson River or the Albany County Heldeberg Rail Trail
  • Check-In/Packet Pick-up
  • Opening Dinner & Music

Sunday 7/30

Albany (Troy) to Hudson: 41 Miles

OVERNIGHT: Columbia Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534
  • To start the tour we head over the Hudson River and pick up the Hudson River Section of the Empire State Trail.
  • Cycle the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail stopping at the North Chatham Trolley Depot and the historic village of Kinderhook.
  • Take in a spectacular view of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains from Olana State Historic Site.
  • Dinner will be on your own with shuttles to area restaurants in downtown Hudson and Catskill.

Monday 7/31

Hudson to Kingston: 35 or 50 miles

OVERNIGHT: Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston, NY 12401
  • Leaving our overnight site we travel through quaint towns, past Clermont State Historic Site and through the campus of Bard College.
  • Crossing over the Hudson, on the Kingston Bridge, we arrive in Kingston for two nights at Hutton Brickyards, camping on the west bank of the Hudson River.
  • Optional 50-mile route attractions: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, Downtown Rhinebeck

Tuesday 8/1

Kingston: Optional 10 - 40 Miles

OVERNIGHT: Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston, NY 12401
  • Lay-Over Day in Kingston.
  • Trail and road ride options. Boat tours and historic sites. Take a swim or visit the Maritime Museum.
  • Dinner is on your own tonight with shuttles to the Historic Riverfront or Uptown sections of Kingston.

Wednesday 8/2

Kingston to Poughkeepsie: 32 or 48 Miles

OVERNIGHT: Dutchess County Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Departing Kingston, we travel on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail over the iconic Rosendale Trestle bridge. Head into New Paltz or ride the optional leg (16mi) of the Wallkill Trail for kayak and skydiving options, Village of Gardiner.
  • The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park with its stunning 360° views will lead you into Poughkeepsie.
  • Shuttles provided to area attractions: FDR Library and Museum, Culinary Institute of America, Val-Kill National Historic Site, and more.

Thursday 8/3

Poughkeepsie to Carmel: 42 Miles

OVERNIGHT: Paladin Center, 39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512
  • Poughkeepsie to Carmel Hamlet will bring miles of paved trail through the Hudson Valley countryside.
  • Stop at the Hopewell Depot Museum to get a feel of the history of the former railway you’ll be cycling along.
  • Marvel at the impressive length of the Appalachian Trail you’ll cross while pedaling the Maybook Trailway.

Friday 8/4

Carmel to Dobbs Ferry: 35 Miles

OVERNIGHT: Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • We follow the route of the Empire State Trail south along the Putnam County Trailway and North County Trail and begin to feel the intensity of the outer communities of New York City.
  • Explore the historic riverside towns of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown–also ideal midday locations to grab lunch.
  • Tonight will be our closing dinner and festivities.

Saturday 8/5

Dobbs Ferry to New York City: 35 Miles

  • Big Apple Here We Come! NYC has attractions and food options galore so take your pick. We’ll follow the Hudson River Greenway along the edge of Manhattan toward Battery Park, passing Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial. It’s free to walk your bike through the 911 Memorial garden, and there are bike racks to lock your bike if you plan to go into the Museum. In Battery Park at the tip of the island be sure to look across the Hudson River at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Finally, we’ll ride over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, soaring 127’ above the East River toward our finish. After we cross the bridge we’ll wind our way through Brooklyn streets to reach Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Look back at Manhattan’s skyline and reflect on a week of great riding through the amazing Hudson River Valley.
  • If you choose to shuttle back to Albany, bicycles will load 11:00am-3:00pm, Pier 2 Parking Lot in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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