Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
Bikes: Flyxii FR322, Soma Smoothie, Miyata City Liner, Specialized FSR Comp, Fuji Professional
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Originally Posted by Trueblood
If you intend to take the path north from Manhattan you pick it up in the middle of Van Courtland Park in the Bronx. Take Broadway to the top of Manhattan and then in to the Bronx. You can cut through the park anywhere after 240th street. The path runs parallel more of less to the Saw Mill Parkway and through the Tibbetts Brook County Park. This is an old rail line and until you are well north of Van Courtland, is a dirt path. In the summer time it takes a long time for the path to dry out. Not sure what the conditions are presently.
Can't say as to current trail conditions, but the South County Trail is paved from right at the NYC / Westchester County border at the north end of Van Cortland Park. I'm told they recently finished the section from the City of Yonkers HF Redmond Memorial Park north to the former southern terminus at Touissant Ave., just north of Tuckahoe Rd..
In any event, if the section was not finished, you can ride north as far as Redmond Park, then east thru the park to Cook Ave. Head north to Mile Sq. Road and continue north and down a long hill to Tuckahoe. Left (west)and up hill for 2/10 mile and a right on Touissant and you are on the SCT. 7.5 miles to Rt 119 in Elmsford.
From that point a right on Rt 119 for 100ft, then left on Rt 9A for 3/4 mile to Warehouse Ln., then pick up the NCT at that point. Then 36 miles on the NCT and the Putnam extension to Rt 6 in Brewster, then another mile east on Rt 6 to Brewster.
In general there's a lot of water run-off on the trail due to assorted reasons that can make riding the trail treacherous in winter, even with no snow coverage. This is mostly due to lot's off wooded shade that prevents ice from melting. Thus if them temp's have touched freezing north of the city, watch for ice. If's been sunny and warm for a few days, without freezing temperatures NORTH of the city, then you should be OK.