Hudson Valley, NY (August 2012) – Hug the curves on some of the roads less traveled in the Hudson Valley, then take in the lush scenery on the straight-aways. Our well known country byways are perfect for motorcyclists who want to wander, made even more popular by that famous television crew, Orange County Choppers. Hop on your Harley and cycle to some of our biker destinations and great dining hangouts throughout the region.
A must see: the largest motorcycle museum in the country, Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh. This 85,000 square foot space has over 300 motorcycles built since 1897. Artful displays of posters and movie memorabilia are the backdrop for the collection which includes Indian motorcycles representing every year they were produced. All those cycles should make you want to hop on your own and ride, so head south to Seven Lakes Drive in Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. Near the Bear Mountain Bridge, experience 18 miles of blissful driving through scenic parkland while passing the namesake seven lakes. Lake Tiorati and Lake Welch both have swimming beaches for a fun stop along the way in summer.
Just across the river, Nathan’s in Yonkers is THE location for Thursday evening motorcycle gatherings, but bikers are welcomed every day. Follow Warburton Avenue north along the Hudson River for amazing views including the majestic Palisades across the river. In Hastings-on-Hudson, take Route 9 North (Broadway) and explore the Historic River Towns like Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow. Each village has parks and areas just to sit and take in the scenery. Keep going to Cold Spring where a right on Route 301 will take you through gorgeous Fahnestock Park. Riders love the twisty turns and rolling hills. Continue the scenic drive along Route 6 until you reach Mahopac Motorcycles. Thursday bike nights consist of special discounts, trophies, giveaways, BBQ, music, and bounce house!
Head northwest and stop at the Rhinecliff Hotel for a restful night’s sleep. Dine on the patio while you take in the river traffic cruising the Hudson. The trains passing at night are quieter than your motorcycle! Settle into bed with a copy of Gary McKechnie’s Great American Motorcycle Tours, with descriptions of casual rides through the endless mountains, canopied roads, and historic villages showcasing the rich natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. Next day, get on the blacktop and take the back roads to Route 22. Travel north to Lebanon Valley Dragway where every Wednesday is “Trophy Bikes” night. Factory and modified bikes race for points to qualify for end of season standing. Exciting!
Hit the valley’s scenic byways for Troy where Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a great favorite of bikers. The idea for the restaurant came in 1983 at the Harley Rendezvous, a massive motorcycle gathering near Albany. Since then, Dinosaur’s five locations serve up award-winning barbeque known throughout the world. From there, drive to Route 2 heading east to Grafton Lakes State Park, perfect for swimming and picnicking. Any number of roads lead south across the river to Route 23 at Catskill. Take your wheels west to Cave Mountain Brewery in Windham and join the throng for Motorcycle Sundays. Arrive on your bike and you’ll receive half price on an appetizer and beer. Bikers from all over make the trip to check out the bikes and classic cars. A pretty drive to Route 296, then onto Route 23A and you’ll pass Kaaterskill Falls, one of the highest water drops in the eastern U.S.
Further south in Kerhonkson, you’ll want to lean into the S-curves on Route 44/55, a ten mile classic mountain road that follows a notch caused by cross-cutting faults. The road winds its way down the mountain toward New Paltz, but be sure to stop at the overlook for the breathtaking Catskill views. Don’t miss P & G’s Restaurant in the center of this quirky college town. You’ll know you’re there when you see the bikes lined up on Main Street. It’s a lively restaurant serving the best burgers and chili in town.
Road trip! Start your engines for a cycling adventure in the Hudson Valley. Drive our scenic routes to where the bikers gather and you’ll go hog wild for the region’s restaurants and destinations catering to the motorcycle crowd.
Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices; the regional website, www.travelhudsonvalley.com or by calling 845-615-3860.
- Orange County Choppers, Newburgh. 845-522-5222, orangecountychoppers.com
- Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 845-569-9065, motorcyclepediamuseums.com
- Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. 845-786-2701, palisadesparksconsevancy.org
- Nathan’s, Yonkers. 914-779-1800 Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, Kent. 845-225-7207, nysparks.com
- Mahopac Motorcycles, Mahopac. 845-628-3472, mahopacmotorcyles.com
- Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590, therhinecliff.com
- Great American Motorcycle Tours, Gary McKechnie. motorcycleamerica
- Lebanon Valley Dragway, West Lebanon. 518-794-9606, lebanonvalley.com
- Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 518-304-0400, dinosaurbarbque.com
- Grafton Lake State Park, Grafton. 518-279-1155, nysparks.com
- Cave Mountain Brewery, Windham. 518-734-9222, cavemountainbrewing.com
- P & G Restaurant, New Paltz. 845-255-6161 pandgs.com