Explore the Hudson Valley along New York’s Empire State Trail! This trail, completed in 2020, allows cyclists to experience the Empire State’s urban centers, village main streets, rural communities and diverse history. Over six days, we’ll travel along the Hudson River Valley from downtown New York City to Schenectady, New York. Be one of the first to experience it!
The trail is mostly on paved and crushed-stone rail trails, but it does include some riding adjacent to motor vehicle traffic.
Cycling through Manhattan
9/11 Memorial Visit
Scenic road and trail riding
The beautiful Hudson River Valley
Courtyard by Marriott
Hotel Le Chambord at Curry Estate
The Wick Hotel
This morning our cycling adventure starts with a 30-minute ferry ride from Staten Island to Battery Park in Manhattan. You’ll pass the Statue of Liberty and get a great view of the Manhattan skyline! See the Statue of Liberty, take some time to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial, get a classic NYC bagel lunch, and ride all the way to Tarrytown. Please note: Cycling through New York City is an amazing experience, but it is a busy place! Riders must be experienced riding both with traffic and on busy bike paths.
Travel northeast along the former Putnam rail line north into Westchester, where the route then follows the South County Trail. Despite passing through densely populated areas, the rail-trail is surprisingly park-like and quiet, buffered from adjacent development and the Saw Mill River Parkway by dense woods. End in historic Hopewell Junction at Le Chambord at Curry Estate.
Start riding today on the Dutchess Rail Trail, passing through wooded areas, local parks, and residential communities. The highlight today is in Poughkeepsie at the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, Walkway Over the Hudson State Park. The Walkway is a spectacular 1.5-mile park built on an historic railroad bridge over 200 feet above the Hudson River. Ride this to the Hudson Valley Trail, which extends almost all the way to Kingston. Here we’ll stay at Hotel Kinsley, a chic, restored bank building from the 1860s.
Continuing north, ride scenic roads from Kingston to Hudson, where you’ll have lots of time to explore the town. With its galleries, coffeehouses, and open-kitchen restaurants attracting hipsters, writers, artists, and movie stars, Hudson has been called the Un-Hamptons, New York’s Upstate Downtown, and Brooklyn North.
Today you’ll cruise along the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. The 36-mile “AHET” runs from the City of Hudson to the City of Rensselaer, just outside of Albany. Much of this trail is off-road on crushed stone, and it runs northeast past woods, streams, wetlands, farm lands, and small hamlets. (We’ll take a quick stop at Cosmic Donuts in Kinderhook to refuel!) Then ride the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail past the capital city of Albany before continuing to the city of Troy, where we’ll spend our final evening together.
From Troy, most of your ride today will be on trail. You’ll ride the Mohawk River Bikeway, which is a part of the Erie Canalway Trail (the first lock on the Erie Canal is Federal Lock, outside of Troy). Enjoy stunning views of the Mohawk River and pass by woodlands, wetlands, and residential areas. We’ll take a quick stop at Cohoes Falls to see this remarkable waterfall on the Mohawk. The remainder of the ride is mainly off-road all the way to Schenectady. Once in the city, we’ll have a final lunch together and then say our goodbyes.
5 Breakfasts | 4 Lunches | 3 Dinners
PP Double Occupancy
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.