like most trails in area, it's pretty rocky. it roughly follows the Taconic south to pudding street. the trail varies from mad narrow singletrack to jeep trails. there are some rough sections. it took me almost 4 hours to complete, and i'm in good shape!
Take Taconic Parkway North to Rt.301 West. Make a right at end of exit ramp. go to the second parking area on the left, across from ranger station. from there, ride on road back to sign that says camping areas. from there, ride until you come to cul-de-sac, doubletrack will be on left.
Summary: Hey "Shnerpals , from NYC" - maybe your car is where you belong, cause evidently that is where you stayed when you "rode here". There are so many miles of great trails but DONT STAY ON THE MAIN TRAIL THAT LEADS INTO THE TACONIC!!!!
You have to explore the whole park, it will take you days of rides to do - the place is enormous. The Appalacian trail passes through it, and there are some great trails around that area of the park. Bring a lunch and lots of fluids cause to explore you will need lots of hours on these trails. The best thing is that it is hard to get lost.
Recommended Route: About 2-3 miles into the main trail (starting at the campgrounds, the lower opposite side from the entrance), there is a small singletrack trail to the right that leads in the heart of the state park (its a huge park btw) - follow this trail past a river crossing to a large lake (with a great small dam, about 2 feet wide by 60 feet long that you ride, with a 4-6 ft drop to one side and the lake to the other!) Ride on the dam, continue to a large fire road, turn right, continue to the yellow trail (on the right). Take the yellow, you will go through some great singletrack with the best little section i have ever ridden/seen - a TALL stone wall that links two ridges across a little
"valley" - 2 feet wide, 20 feet high and 80 feet long! Continue till you reach rt 301 - turn right, about 1.5 miles back to the camp ground - total loop about 15-20 miles. BTW before you get to the yellow trail you cross a portion of the App trail, with a nice waterfall, makes for a good lunch spot
Other recommended trails in the same area: Pauggussete (sp?) State Park (CT)
Review Date May 28, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Lou
, from Rockland, NY
Summary: This park makes for a very satisfying ride. The trails open to MTBiking and decently marked, although it's not too difficult to follow the trail w/o constantly looking up for blazes. A good mix of terrain includes technical, loose traction climbing sections, bumpy downhills to put your suspension to good use (this is east coast riding, expect rocks - that's what makes it interesting), fast rolling single track (along the Taconic Pkwy.), some log hops and a shallow stream crossing makes this off-road adventure complete. If you're technically competent and in good shape, you will enjoy this ride. Definitely bring enough food & water on the ride, because the trip home will be torture if you bonk badly enough. The route described above clocked in at over 17 miles on the bike computer. Including the road miles makes this seem like an extended loop, rather than an out-and-back, although you do double back on the trail once you get to the Pudding St. intersection at the end of the road piece. Intermediate and above level riders will enjoy the combination of technical and physical challenge of this route. Even the road portion as described provides a cardio workout on the uphill to Pudding St. Beginners may end up needing to walk some of the rockier sections (nothing really crazy where a f.s. rig is a must) or lack the endurance to complete the return trip w/o walking some of the steep, loose climbs after riding the first 10+ miles. Riding in late April, (kind of a chilly am) we didn't run into many others on the trail, maybe two hikers and sighted one other MBT'er in the distance at one point in the ride, allowing the trail to be taken at a pretty decent pace. Not sure how crowded the trails get during the summer season. The park appears to be big enough to accommodate multiple users w/o the need for bikers to constantly slow or stop like in other smaller multiple use areas. Don't know why there aren't more reviews of this trail posted, unless it's just not a popular as Blue Mtn. or Stewart on the other side of the Hudson. If review activity on this board is truly indicative of actual use by bikers, then check it out, as a lower frequency of use makes this an even better place to ride.
Recommended Route: Start at the campgrounds. Enter the doubetrack trail at the fenced off "no motorized vehicles" sign. Continue past lake to Pudding St. Cross over Pudding Street to continuation of the trail terminating at Peekskill Hollow Rd. Ride back as you came OR turn Rt. onto Peekskill Hollow to the 1st intersection (small convenience store @ the corner) and turn Rt. Continue on a decent uphill grind until you see Pudding St. on the left (gravel road). Continue on Pudding St. until hitting a cul-de-sac & re-enter the trail, bearing left, back to the campgrounds.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Blue Mountain in Peekskill.
Review Date November 26, 2001
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Bert Negron
, from Bronx, NY
Summary: After leaving parking area, ride into the campgrounds, where you will have a long climb on a paved road which goes into a juicy downhill (I've hit 30mph !!!). Be careful- when getting to the bottom of the hill the trail enters on the left hand side. For those of you with Speedometers- reset @ the beggining of the trail (the trail goes up to 4.5 miles up to Pudding Street). The trail starts moderately easy for about the 1st mile and afterwards, it becomes more challenging, with a series a long technical climbs and some great technical downhills (complete with jumps & obstacles). There are some forks throughout the trail, me & my crew recommend keeping to the right. When reaching the 2 mile mark, you will descend into a brief "rock bridge" that goes into a long climb ("Use that Granny gear!!!"), more downhills and climbs will follow throughout the next 2 miles. After reaching the 4th mile, you'll begin a descent that goes through a wide rock/gravel jeep road that goes for about a 1/2 mile until you see an exit that continues past Pudding Street (We have yet to go on past that, since returning is tougher on the climbs). Without question, this is one of the toughest trails I've been on to date. This review has been made possible by yours truly- but I couldn't have done without the inspiration of my fellow Bronx Riders- The Mad Man, Snake-Eyes, Murdock, O-dog, J.Fernandez, J.Cruz, Capt. Clitti.
Recommended Route: Others have better route recommendations.
Other recommended trails in the same area: For those twisted individuals who want to venture into the world of Off-Road Riding, I Highly Recommend FDR State Park, Which can be found by taking the Taconic north to the exits that read "FRD State Park". This trail offers a great riding experience for riders of all skill levels.
Review Date July 13, 2001
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Visitors rate this review 1.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Shnerpals
, from NYC
Summary: THIS PLACE SUCKS ! RIDE THE TRAILS TO DEAD ENDS INTO THE TACONIC. HIKERS ONLY SIGNS THAT LOOK FUN TO RIDE. WHAT A WASTE
Recommended Route: IN A CAR PAST THE PARK
Review Date October 12, 2000
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: DirtZ
, from New York
Summary: There's a nice warm-up before you get to the trail. Not too technical but definatly a nice ride. There's quick,rolling hills with lots of rocky terrain with some good launches. Good for beginners or intermediate riders who can't handle killer climbs or the BiG stuff..