10 great motorcycle routes to discover in New York
With stunning scenery, historic communities, dozens of attractions, and well-maintained roads, New York offers motorcyclists a ton of great routes to explore. Whether you want to escape the crowds and get into the wilderness or check out some of the small communities and towns in the state, you’ll have no problem finding something that suits your case. If you need a starting point, here are ten of New York’s best motorcycle routes to check out.
1. Fort Lee Loop
Covering a distance of approximately 100 miles, the Fort Lee Loop offers an easy three-hour ride on well-maintained roads. You’ll start in New Jersey and travel through various parts of New York and Connecticut before heading back out. Expect peaceful country roads, bucolic landscapes and a wide variety of places to stop for food along the way. Be sure to allow yourself some time to stop and enjoy the view of Greenwood Lake as well.
2. St. Lawrence Seaway
As newyorkupstate.com says, the St. Lawrence Seaway is one of New York’s most popular motorcycling routes, and for very good reason. A good starting point is Massena, where you can then make the easy trip to Cap Vincent. The scenery along the water along the route is breathtaking, especially at the end point where you can stop and admire the Cap Vincent lighthouse. Take time to explore the quaint little towns along the way – the Clayton Antique Boat Museum is worth around an hour on its own.
3. Green Rural Loop
If you have about 5 hours to spare, the Manhattan Green Rural Loop is an amazing choice. Spread over 131 miles, the loop will take you from Manhattan to Saugatuck Reservoir in southeastern Connecticut and back again, passing through breathtaking scenery. It’s back roads the whole way, so expect a peaceful ride and plenty of places to park to enjoy the view or grab some lunch. If you want to ride the breeze with other bikers, follow the advice of 2wheels.haymondlaw.com and stop at Squire’s Redding Roadhouse in CT.
4. The Catskill Preserve
As motorcyclenerd.com says, no one ever regrets a day in the Catskills, and if you can experience it on a motorcycle, great. After starting in the town of Catskill, meander around Route 23 west on Route 29, before returning to Route 23. It’s about 200 miles in total and covers enough charming little towns and world class scenery to warrant a full 5 hours or more.
5. The Hudson River Bridge Tour
If you are a big fan of scenic walks, the visit of the Hudson River Bridge is a must. Stretching 70 miles along the Hudson, the tour will take you over several stunning bridges (including New York’s George Washington Bridge and the incredibly scenic Newburgh-Beacon Toll Bridge), miles of awe-inspiring scenery, and plenty of stops along the way to keep you in food and fuel. The trip takes 2 hours at a trot, but if you have the time, allow a few more hours so you can stop several times and enjoy the sites (Harriman State Park being one of the most essential).
6. From Goshen to New Paltz
This following route begins in the town of Goshen, passes along Albany Post Road and ends in New Paltz. It only covers 30 miles in total, but considering the scenery along the way, it’s well worth devoting a full afternoon to. Before hitting the road in Goshen, take some time to explore some of the scenic local sites like the Harness Racing Museum and the Hall of Fame. Once you’ve departed, keep your eyes peeled for the scenic nature preserves and farms you’ll pass on the way to New Paltz before enjoying lunch and strolling through the city’s historic downtown area.
7. Storm King Highway Loop
The roller coaster ride along the winding and winding Storm King Road makes for an incredibly thrilling ride, especially when you factor in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. There are a few stops along the way to stop and enjoy the scenery. If you have free time, park for about an hour and hike around the mountain. The loop covers approximately 45 miles, with an estimated travel time of approximately 2-3 hours.
8. Mohawk Valley/Capital District
This easy and pretty 30-mile route takes about an hour if you go hard, but can easily eat up the best part of an afternoon if you make the most of the stops. Along the way, you’ll pass through some of upstate New York’s prettiest and most scenic historic towns, including Schenectady, Cohoes, Rexford, and Waterford, as well as the beautiful scenery of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. The main must-see attraction is Cohoes Falls, which ranks among the largest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. They are quite spectacular in the summer, but if you visit them after heavy rains, prepare to be amazed.
9. Harriman Loop
Covering a distance of 32 miles, the Harriman Loop passes through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Harriman State Park. Expect snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes and acres of verdant woodland. Stops to refuel or refuel are rare, but provided you’re prepared, this is a route you won’t soon forget.
If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy some of upstate New York’s most glorious wilderness, the remote ride through the Adirondacks should be high on your bucket list. The best place to rejoin the road is at Boonville, where you can then start meandering along the 125 miles to the Olympic Village in Lake Placid. As you progress along the route, you’ll pass through historic communities like Old Forge, Inlet, and Long Lake, scenic lakes, densely forested landscapes, and soaring mountains. Wherever you stop, be sure to visit the legendary Hoss’s Country Store in Long Lake.