2016 Jim Schmid bicycles Rail-Trail Hall of Fame 18-mile Hudson Valley Trail Network – NY

The 30th member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Hudson Valley Trail Network.

rail-trail hall of fame logoI drove from my home in Black Mountain, NC to Poughkeepsie, NY to bicycle the 30th and newest member of the Rail-Trail  Hall of FameThe Hudson Valley Trail Network. Two rail-trails and a bridge make up the 18-mile network. I started out on the 3.8-mile Hudson Valley Rail-Trail. After three months at home it’s great to be back on the road and trails. You have to like driving if you want to ride the Hall of Fame trails. This is a very well maintained paved Trail. I also appreciated all the shade – it was a warm August day.

Hudson Valley Rail-Trail

The rail-trail seamlessly  leads you onto the Walkway Over  the Hudson bridge. The 1.3- mile former railroad bridge is now billed as the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. It was very impressive to bike across. I talked with the Manger who didn’t know they along with the two rail-trails are in the Hall of Fame. So… no signs on this network for me to take a picture next to. From the bridge I could see the Poughkeepsie train station. So asked a few locals and it turns out this is the perfect town to catch a train into Manhattan where I need to walk the High Line trail – my next Hall of Fame trail.

Walkway Over the Hudson

To the east of the Bridge you seamlessly start another rail-trail. The full name of this 13-mile rail-trail is the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail.  What great weather to be biking. This made for a very pleasant 36 mile out and back ride.

Dutchess Rail-Trail