The Hudson River Valley of New York was named as one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world by "National Geographic Traveler."
The beautiful Hudson River wends its way past small riverside villages, exquisite horse farms, wineries, and apple orchards and then carves a path past spectacular mountains and deep ravines. These are the awe-inspiring views and the gorgeous quiet vistas that inspired artists of the Hudson River School a century ago. And this scenic rural paradise encouraged the Gilded Age millionaires to lavish their fortunes on creating magnificent estates along the banks of the river.
You ride peaceful roads and bike paths enjoying spectacular views, exploring woodlands and farms, and visiting the many small villages that make the area so special. Much of the riding is on the newly expanded Empire State Trail, including a section of the Dutchess Rail Trail on a bridge high over the Hudson. A highlight of your cycling is the Maybrook Rail Trail, which is the most rural part of the lower Hudson section of the Empire State Trail. This major new piece opened in early 2021 and is featured on your Sunday ride from Brewster.
Enjoy a wine tasting at a marvelous family-owned vineyard and a visit to some of the oldest buildings in America that still line Huguenot Street in the college town of New Paltz. Gentle riding takes you through the farmland and horse country that becomes the foothills of the spectacular Shawangunk Mountains. And, as always, we offer the more energetic riders scenic and longer options.