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NYC to Catskill 3 to 4 day trip

Old 06-01-16, 05:01 PM
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NYC to Catskill 3 to 4 day trip

Hey all,

Did a few touring trips in the past and wanted to do something in a couple weeks. I wanted to ride from NYC to Woodstock, NY and camp in the Catskill Mountains for a weekend. I'm familiar with the Woodstock, NY area and that region for camping so what I wanted help with was routing from NYC there. Currently I found a route from NYC to Poughkeepsie which says it's 73.5 miles. Visit that link here... https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7318460.

From there Woodstock, NY isn't very far. My plan was to either ride this route from NYC or take Metro North to Poughkeepsie to have more time further north riding and skip the city riding. I'm thinking of taking off on a Friday early morning and hope to make it to the Catskills Saturday late morning to camp overnight then head back home Sunday. I do not own a car so that is out of the option. If anyone can share any routes from Poughkeepsie to Woodstock, NY that would be great, or shed some light on a short trip such as this.

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Old 06-01-16, 05:25 PM
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Thats certainly my neck of the woods. I couldn't recommend any good cycling routes, traffic here can suck and people can be jerks. It's longer but you can do the rail trail to new paltz then north on trail to kingston, then you're fairly close to woodstock. Definitely better/ shorter to ride on the road from Poughkeepsie though. Google says to go the rail trail and its same same as going up 9w so maybe the trail is just as good. You turn off the wallkill RT around rte 26 and then north again on the marbletown O&W RT. You may even switch to one called the onteora trail all RT's with some road to get from one to the other.
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Originally Posted by TheLibrarian View Post
Thats certainly my neck of the woods. I couldn't recommend any good cycling routes, traffic here can suck and people can be jerks. It's longer but you can do the rail trail to new paltz then north on trail to kingston, then you're fairly close to woodstock. Definitely better/ shorter to ride on the road from Poughkeepsie though. Google says to go the rail trail and its same same as going up 9w so maybe the trail is just as good. You turn off the wallkill RT around rte 26 and then north again on the marbletown O&W RT. You may even switch to one called the onteora trail all RT's with some road to get from one to the other.
Thanks for chiming in! I looked into the [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)]Wallkill Valley Rail Trail you mentioned. That should be a good route but quite a trek from the Walkway over the hudson. Are cyclist allowed to ride North on 9W? I was under the impression that wasn't permitted, but I could be wrong here. I think an option for me to maximize my time would be to to take the Metro North to Poughkeepsie. However, I'd like to know if I'll be missing anything from that ride from NYC there via the route in my original post.
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I just did a google on, Cycling the hudson river valley, a bunch of stuff popped up. No disrespect to Thelibriarian who lives there.
My son will be back in school there soon, I'm thinking of riding there and back for a short visit.
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If you take the bike on the train, you have to purchase a bike pass at Grand Central.
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The blog "Riding the Catskills" has some good routes, most with gravel roads included. It hasn't been updated much recently, though. Their "worth the trip" routes look great. See this one from Poughkeepsie for some route ideas.
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Coming home from my bike trip last year I rode 9W starting right around the NY/NJ line clear up to Bear Mountain. I was surprised how thick the bicycle traffic was on a weekend. I would ride it again any time. Not very often that I see bicycle traffic like that anywhere. I think the amount of bicycle traffic has a lot to say about what the locals think of the road.
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Riding The Catskills site hasn't been updated in a while. I have a train pass and thought about riding from Poughkeepsie to Woodstock, NY where I can hang in town before getting to the base of one of the trails to the Lake. I think theirs a Buddhist Monastery right at the trail head to the one I plan on heading to. I would have to hike my hike bike to up where the water tower is. Not sure if anyone is familiar with the location I am talking about. I still trying to find the best route to get there. Apparently I can take the "Rails to Trails" path which will take me into Kingston, NY. I Believe I can pick that trail up a short ride West from crossing the bridge over Poughkeepsie. It's safer I hear than riding 9w North. However, I'm not exactly sure how I would get to Woodstock, NY after that trail ends since it doesn't go there.
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UPDATE:

Hey all,

Completed my route for a ride from Poughkeepsie, NY to Woodstock, NY. It's mainly on country roads through neighborhoods including the (Hudson Valley Rail Trail and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail). I wanted to stay off 9W going north as I've heard it can be dangerous with many cars, not sure if my route is any different. Wondering if anyone can shed some light on this route and/or tips (Saftery, dogs/other animals, etc). Should take me 4 hours to get to Woodstock, NY where I'll be hanging in the town for a few hours before camping for the night. Not sure if I'm doing an overnighter or a two day yet. The route can be viewed below via Google Maps.

I also wanted to know if I can take this GPX file from this route and add it to my Garmin 500. While the Garmin 500 doesn't do turn by turn I'm wondering if it will give me a guide.

Route: Poughkeepsie, NY to Woodstock, NY
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There are guidebooks for Buffalo to Albany and also the Hudson valley. I can't find my copies right now, but if you google you should find them.
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