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. Follow the river to discover the Hudson Valley for Bikers.
Easy Riding in Hudson Valley
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.
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.
4. Yonkers; Follow Warburton Avenue
Just across the river, follow Warburton Avenue in Yonkers 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.
Take to the open road as you choose a route on Dutchess County’s Motorcycle Tour Map. Enjoy cruising though historic estates, with scenic views of the Hudson River and historic Gilded-Age mansions in northern Dutchess. Or experience the serene landscape of eastern Dutchess as you follow the wine trail or stop to sample goods from local farmers. End your journey at Daryl’s House in Pawling for live music and great food.
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.
Experience three motorcycle touring routes highlighting beautiful scenery with wide open sweeping valleys, mountain curves, and quaint towns to shop and dine.
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.