Here are a few of our favorite routes… Use at your own risk!
When looking at the routes…
- BROWN = gravel (of some sort)
- BLUE = paved, but car-free
- RED = paved, with cars
- PINK = unavoidable short segments of high traffic roadways
Routes Focusing On Gravel Trails
The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (aka "The OCA")
- Location: The Bronx to the Croton Reservoir
- Recommended tire size: 38-53mm. Strong riders can ride it on 28s.
- The Urban Park Rangers do awesome tours of The High Bridge that explain the significance of the Old Croton Aqueduct. The original OCA extended all the way down to Bryant Park in midtown.
- There are MetroNorth stops every 2-3 miles along the OCA, so you can shorten any OCA route easily.
- There are sections in Yonkers which are… "not so nice" (but still better than riding on a busy road with cars).
Hudson River Greenway
- Location: Upper Nyack / Nyack Beach to Haverstraw along the Hudson River (Gravel Map)
- Recommended tire size: 32-51mm north of the cut off for Rockland Lake, any tire size south of that point.
Raymond G. Esposito Trail
- Location: Sparkill to Nyack (Gravel Map)
- Recommended tire size: 28-47mm. Skinny tires can work for most riders if you slow down in the few rougher sections.
- This trail connects directly to the Mario Cuomo Bridge Path!
- This trail and the Joseph B. Clarke Trail (paved) collectively make up "The Old Erie Rail Trail".
Tallman Mountain State Park
- Location: Palisades NY to Sparkill / Piermont (Gravel Map)
- Recommended tire size: Skinny tire friendly (cinder trail).
Rides On The OCA
The "Dirty Traitor" Ride
Hits spots related to Benedict Arnold's trying to sell out the Continental Army…
Combination of Dirty Traitor and OCA
Routes Focusing On Dirt Roads
- Location: In/around Cold Spring, Bedford, Katona, Goldens Bridge, etc.
- Recommended tire size: 38-53mm. Strong riders can ride them on 32s if they're careful. Given that relatively large stone is used for dirt roads, dirt roads are NOT skinny tire friendly.
Cold Spring Dirt Roads
Westchester County Dirt Roads
Harlem Valley / Berkshires Dirt Roads
Start points assume you take MetroNorth to Wassaic and ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to an AirBnB in Millerton or Copake Falls and then start from there.
These routes are untested! Use with caution.
Looking for more? Start by checking out GravelMap.com. It's an incredible resource! But make sure you read the description/comments for each segment – there are a few private roads listed that you're not actually allowed to ride.
Have fun & be safe!