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See New York State on Two Wheels: 6 Scenic Cycling Trails for All Levels

By: Idoia Gkikas

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Leave the planes, trains and automobiles behind.

It’s time to rent a bicycle and explore New York State on two wheels. Check out these six awesome biking trails that suit all experience levels.

Erie Canalway Trail – Albany to Buffalo

With 580 kilometers of a mostly flat, multi-use path, the Erie Canalway Trail is easy to access from nearly any point along its length. Whether you’re looking for a short fitness ride or a multi-day historical riding tour, you’ll find a route lined with interesting attractions. Get the trail app on your phone to track your progress and locate amenities along the way (CycleTheErieCanal.com).

The easy-to-access Erie Canalway Trail is lined with quaint scenery and historic attractions.

The easy-to-access Erie Canalway Trail is lined with quaint scenery and historic attractions.
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Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Ithaca

For a short, scenic ride (or stroll), the Cayuga Waterfront Trail offers two sections: the 3.2-kilometer Cass Park trail loop, which passes by the park’s ice rink, swimming pool and sports facilities as well as the Cayuga Lake Inlet waterfront; and the 2.7-kilometer trail, which connects Stewart Park and the farmers’ market, which was voted in the top 20 best farmers’ markets for foodie travelers by TripAdvisor. 

Peaceful water views at Stewart Park

Peaceful water views at Stewart Park
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Gore Mountain, North Creek

Gore Mountain’s bike trails have the ‘wow’ factor that experienced mountain bikers looking for. Ten trails offer 518 meters of vertical descent with varied terrain and awesome scenery. Note: Secure your bike before you get there, as rentals aren’t available on the mountain.

Cyclists prepare for thrill rides on Gore Mountain’s bike trails.

Cyclists prepare for thrill rides on Gore Mountain’s bike trails.
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Plattekill Bike Park, Roxbury

Whether you’re highly skilled or still a beginner, Plattekill is a mountain bikers’ delight. This lift-served bike park has nearly 100 kilometers of trails, 335 meters of descent and a full-service lodge at the base of the mountain.

The Plattekill Bike Park is a fun mountain day trip for the whole family.

The Plattekill Bike Park is a fun mountain day trip for the whole family.
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Adirondack Trail, Adirondack Mountains

Hiking, boating, fishing, biking – adventure abounds in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Trail takes riders along 300 kilometers of scenic byways through the Adirondack Park. Attractions and amenities in small towns along the trail make for a pleasant ride through these beautiful mountains.

Take your pick of forested hiking and biking trails in the Adirondacks

Take your pick of forested hiking and biking trails in the Adirondacks
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Allegheny River Valley Trail – Allegheny, Olean and St. Bonaventure University

The Allegheny River Trail – a leisurely nine-kilometer loop through the welcoming small towns of Allegheny, Olean and St. Bonaventure – is a lovely daytime outing to stretch your legs and enjoy scenic views of the Allegheny River. The canopies of cherry, oak and maple trees provide a beautiful backdrop any time of year.

Pedaling through lush forests on the Allegheny River Valley Trail

Pedaling through lush forests on the Allegheny River Valley Trail
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Getting There

Fly into New York State via John F. Kennedy International in New York City and Newark International in New Jersey. Use Long Island MacArthur, Stewart International, Albany International, Syracuse Hancock International, Greater Rochester International and Buffalo Niagara International airports for one-hour connections to destinations statewide. Amtrak rail, rental cars or a combination of any of the above will also take you around the state

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