Our County Bike Trails


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Map by Colin Hayes

1. Blue Mountain Trailway (Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill)
Length: 7 miles
Surface: Mix of dirt and paved
Traffic: No motor vehicles
Characteristics: Three different trails, one for beginner (yellow markings), one for intermediate (orange), and red for advanced in a 1,600-acre park. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
Fee: $4 (County Pass); $8 (without pass)
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2. George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain Bridge Loop
Length: 92 miles
Southern End: West end of south side walkway of George Washington Bridge at Hudson Terrace, Rte 505 South, Fort
Lee, NJ.
Northern End: Bear Mountain Bridge, intersection of Rte 9W and Rte 6 at the traffic circle.
Surface: Mix of dirt and paved
Traffic: Many high-level traffic intersections
Characteristics: This loop traverses both sides of the Hudson River and is quite hilly (7,200 vertical feet of climbing) and can be full of fast-going cars.
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3. Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
Length: 41 miles
Southern End: Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course Clubhouse.
Northern End: Croton Dam Reservoir.
Surface: Mix of paved and dirt/gravel
Traffic: Some sections are off-road, but throughout the trail there are frequent intersections with roads and driveways
Characteristics: The trail is flat although some sections have small stones and occasional tree roots. The trail can be muddy after a heavy rain.
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4. Graham Hills Mountain Bike Trail
Length: Approximately 5 miles
Surface: Mix of dirt and paved
Traffic: No motor vehicles
Characteristics: Located in Mount Pleasant, the mostly single-track Graham Hills trails are geared towards experienced riders as it winds through many habitats. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
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5. Sprain Ridge Mountain Bike Trail
Length:
5 miles
Surface: Mix of paved and dirt
Traffic: No motor vehicles
Characteristics: Located in Yonkers adjacent to the Sprain Reservoir, the trail has large rock outcroppings and is heavily wooded. A beginner trail provides cyclists with challenging curves but a level topography.
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6. Bronx River Pathway
Length: 13.2 miles
Southern End: New York City line.
Northern End: Kenisco Dam Plaza in Valhalla
Surface: Paved
Traffic: No motor vehicles
Characteristics: Runs alongside the Bronx River parkway and has three paved segments—a one-mile loop near Oak Street in Mount Vernon, a 3.6-mile section from Palmer Road in Bronxville north to Harney Road in Scarsdale, and a 5-mile section extending from Green Acres Avenue in Hartsdale to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
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7. South County Trailway
Length: 14.1 miles
Southern End: Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Northern End: Elmsford at Rte 119-Tarrytown Rd (between Saw Mill River Parkway and Rte 9A) Connects from North County Trailway (see above).
Surface: Paved
Traffic: The trail itself is off-road, but it intersects with public roads and driveways.
Characteristics: Same as North County Trailway. (See # 10.)There is, however, a 2.15-mile break in the trail in Yonkers from Redmond Park to Tuckahoe Road. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
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8. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Length: 30 miles
Surface: Mix of dirt and paved (riding is only allowed on paved trails)
Traffic: No motor vehicles
Characteristics: The County’s largest park (4,315 acres), Ward Pound Ridge offers multiple loops of rugged trails. Open seven days a week 8 am to dusk, year-round.
Fee: $8
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9. Tarrytown Lakes Extension
Length: Approximately 1 mile
East End: East end of Tarrytown Lakes, on the southwest side of Nepperhan Ave near the Eastview Park & Ride, where Rte 100C goes under the Saw Mill River Parkway.
West End: Sunnyside Ave, just south of its intersection with Nepperhan Ave.
Surface: Mix of paved and dirt, mostly paved
Traffic: All off-road
Characteristics: Running East-West on the south side of Tarrytown Lakes, this short trail is flat except for the access to each end. At the east end it comes close to connecting (across a high-traffic road) with the south end of North County Trailway (see above).
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10. North County Trailway
Length: Approximately 22 miles
Southern End: Eastview park-and-ride (Greenburgh-Mount Pleasant border) where Rte 100C crosses the Saw Mill River Parkway. Connects from South County Trailway (see #7).
Northern End: Baldwin Place on the Westchester-Putnam County border near Rte 6 and Tomahawk St where North County Trailway connects to the Putnam County Bicycle Trail.
Surface: Paved
Traffic: Trail itself is off-road but intersects with public roads and driveways.
Characteristics: This bicycle and pedestrian path located primarily on the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad tracks is gentle. Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
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