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Road Cycling Around Rhinebeck NY

Old 07-20-16, 07:17 PM
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Road Cycling Around Rhinebeck NY

What is the cycling like around Rhinebeck NY (road)?
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Rhinebeck is a very pretty town and I was going to suggest it to you for your visit.

The Rt9 corridor in the west is the busiest area, Rt 9 is ridable but will have more traffic. Everything to the east is quiet roads in hills, excepting Rt44, which is also a major road with traffic. Rt 22 over to the east is also busy. And you cannot bike on the Taconic State Parkway.

The Mid Hudson Cycling Club rides this area, they have a website:

Mid Hudson Bicycle Club

With a RideWithGPS link with assorted rides in the area.


Hope that link works, if not it's on the MHBC website.

This gives you an idea of where they ride and what roads are suitable. This would be a good use of a GPS with mapping and turn-by-turn capabilities as you could develop some routes and download to the GPS.

Over on the Rt 22 corridor is the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which is a favorite. Starts in Wassaic and with a very pretty road diversion, heads 22 miles north to Copake Falls. If you start there and head south, you can they do a lake swim after at the state park.

Another gem of a bike ride is the Walkway over the Hudson, a paved path that starts in New Paltz on the west side of the Hudson, goes over the river on the repaired rail bridge just north of Poughkeepsie (+200 ft. above the river - it's beautiful) then 20 miles south to Hopewell Junction. EDIT:. Or head south from Rhinebeck to the Walkway over the Hudson (which as BTW, is mobbed with tourists on weekends, so a good weekday ride), then head into Ulster County on the west side of the river, up to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge with the bike path on the north side, and back to Rhinebeck. All kinds of options.

But in reality, the roads in this area are all good and generally quiet, just a lot of them so a map is useful.

EDIT: And good eating at the main dining room at the famous Culinary Institute of America on Rt 9 in Hyde Park and if you get rainy days, the Vanderbuilt Mansion as well as FDR's family home (a NPS site), both in Hyde Park, are good excursions. As well there's an art museum up in Annadale at Bard College (made more famous in Steely Dan's song - My Old School). Then there's the Duchess County Fair Grounds north of town which is busy with art and craft fair's as well as the county fair 8/23-28. It's VERY busy about then.

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Went to the Vanderbilt Mansion back in '99 during a cross country tour. Quite interesting.
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Thank you for the helpful information Steve B.
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