Where to Ride: Take the
Train to the Trail
No, you most certainly may
not mountain bike in City parks. To satiate your need for dirt, here are some
trails you can get to with your bike, sans car. T.A. plans to post a more
complete listing on our web site (www.transalt.org) soon; or you can always
check out your local library, book or bike store for guides on NYC-area ATB
riding. Some suburban cycling
maps show rail connections to trails.
Blue Mountain Reservation
Town: Peekskill, NY
Trail: Blue Mountain Singletrack
Length: 5.2 mi.
Trail: Blue Mountain Carriage Trail
Length: 3.6 mi.
Distance from NYC: 44 mi.
Train directions: Take the Metro North Hudson Line to Montrose. Depart
the train and cross the tracks on the wooden path to the parking lot. Ride up
and make a right onto Montrose Station Road. Stay on Montrose Station Road
until it ends (1 mile), and turn left onto Washington Street. Stay on
Washington for 1 mile and turn right at the stop sign onto Welcher Avenue. The
park is straight ahead, less than 1 mile. Enter the park, turn left at the
stop sign near the guard station, and follow the road until it ends at a
parking lot (about half of a mile).
North County Trailway
Town: Tarrytown, NY
Trail: Eastview Trail
Length: 8 mi.
Distance from NYC: 25 mi.
Train directions: Take the Metro North Hudson Line to Tarrytown. Depart
the train, and ride around to the right of the parking lot. Go straight at the
first stop sign and bear left at the next stop sign, ahead toward White
Street. This is a short, steep road which bears right onto Main Street in
Tarrytown. At 0.5 miles, cross over Route 9 (South Broadway) and proceed up
the steep Neperan Road, which winds left then right and passes through
Marymount College. Approximately 1 mile from the train station, when there is
a parking lot on the left, turn right onto Sunnyside Avenue. The trailhead is
on the left side of Sunnyside Avenue. (The trip from the train station to the
trailhead is mostly uphill.)
Bronx River Pathway
Town: Hartsdale, NY
Trail: Bronx River Pathway, Kensico Dam Plaza
Length: 10.4 mi.
Distance from NYC: 22 mi.
Train directions: Take the Metro North Harlem Line to Hartsdale. From
the bottom of the stairs at the Hartsdale Train Station parking lot, ride left
out of the lot and onto the bridge over the Bronx River Parkway. Note a church
in front of you. At the stop sign, make a left onto the trail. Notice a blue
sign for the trail. Once on the trail, stay left at the fork.
Old Croton Aqueduct
Town: Croton, NY to Ossining, NY
Trail: Ossining-Croton Trail
Length: 10.6 mi.
Trail: Croton Trail
Length: 5.8 mi.
Distance from NYC: 40 mi.
Train directions: Take the Metro North Hudson Line to Ossining. Depart
the train, and walk up the stairs to Secor Road, which crosses over the
railroad tracks. Take this road away from the river, up the steep hill until
it flattens out and becomes Main Street in downtown Ossining. Go straight
through the traffic light at approximately one half mile from the railroad
station, and at the fork, stay left and ride onto the sidewalk. Notice the
beginning of an urban pathway on the left. This is the Aqueduct trail and it
is marked by pink bricks in the roadway.