Monday, April 1, 2013

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail | Gardiner, NY - New Paltz, NY


Now that our bikes are all freshened up, we were ready to hit the road, or dirt, and a little pavement! We love to ride our bikes and this year we were itching to get out the door so we decided to hit one of the many rail trails in the area. 

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail runs from the south edge of Gardiner, NY to the north edge of New Paltz, NY. We decided to bike from Gardiner to New Paltz, have some lunch and bike back…what a great ride. The trail is open dawn until dusk and allows biking, jogging/running, horseback riding and dogs. In the winter it's perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoers.


It's a little over 12 miles of beauty! The views of the Gunks are remarkable and it's a very pensive kind of ride with only slight upgrades here and there. I had to keep stopping not because it was hard, but because the scenery is so beautiful I had to take pictures. We can't wait for even warmer weather to ride it again when everything is green!



Of Note: We rode to New Paltz and had lunch. Next time I would start in New Paltz and do the full ride down to Gardiner and back and then have lunch. The "In between" lunch slowed us down a bit…I'm sure the beer didn't help….lol… We ate at The Gilded Otter (Good food and great beers to try).

Take your camera: The scenery is beautiful and you are sure to see some great shots through the woods and many farms you ride through.  All forms of flora and fauna make for great pictures on this beautiful trail.

Pack a lunch: Next time we ride we may pack a picnic lunch. There are a few stops along the way that are perfect for a small packed lunch or just a snack.

Shopping: There are great shops in both Gardiner and New Paltz. You can make a day of the trail and shopping by visiting the many shops in these towns. Our mistake was window shopping in New Paltz...but it was a bummer I could't really buy anything and haul it on my bike home. So if you plan of shopping do it at the end of your trip and start in the town you want to browse. (Again...both towns have shopping! YAY)

We use an app to track our rides called runtastic mountainbike. We also use a fitbit to track our daily activity and exercise. We are hooked! I practically sleep with it on (and you can.)


Learn more about the extensive and beautiful Rail Trails throughout the Hudson Valley, get outside with your family, grab some exercise and Enjoy The Ride! 

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