The Trails

“A leisurely ride from Brooklyn to Westchester County that spans three boroughs and includes a pit stop at a delicious craft brewery, the ride to Tarrytown is one of my favorites.”

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From Tarrytown, you can access more than 100 miles of paved, off-road bike paths and not-so-paved packed earth routes.  You can combine a trip across the new Tappan Zee Bridge (opening in 2018) with a visit to Nyack, or go north to Brewster and catch the train back to the city — or further north to more bike path.

Tarrytown’s not just a place to bike from, but a warm, wonderful, restaurant-lined village that’s great to come back to before heading home.  Have a local brew at The Oath or The Tapp.  Grab delicious “fast casual” tacos at The Taco Project, or BBQ from Piknik.  Pull up a chair at any of the sidewalk restaurants and cafes, and just hang out.  Discover the tucked-away scene on the pier at the Washington Irving Boat Club, where you can have a cheap gin and tonic in a plastic cup to go with your unsurpassed views of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Below are some of the bike paths you can pick up from Tarrytown:

  • North County Trailway: 22.1 miles, paved, flat.  Suburban to country, shaded.  One short portion on-road.  Leaves from Tarrytown, connects to Putnam County Trailway at the north end, and South County Trailway and Tarrytown Lakes Extension at the south end.  Will soon connect to Bronx River Pathway via new Tarrytown Kensico Trailway.
  • South County Trailway: 14.1 miles, paved, flat. Suburban, shaded, flat.  Gap at Elmsford means some on-road riding.  North end is in Tarrytown and connects to North County Trailway and Tarrytown Lakes Extension Trail.  South end dies in the woods at the north end of the Old Put trail in Van Cortlandt Park, for which a hybrid bike or mountain bike is best (though a road bike can navigate if it’s not too muddy).  Will soon connect to Bronk River Pathway via new Tarrytown Kensico Trailway.
  • Tarrytown Lakes Extension Trail: 2.1 miles; paved for one mile, wide cinder/dirt for 1.1 miles: Pretty lakeside trail that leads away from the North and South County Trailways, connecting riders to village of Tarrytown, the Old Croton Aqueduct and the Riverwalk.
  • Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: 22 miles; unpaved dirt track over historic aqueduct in Westchester County: For the hybrid or mountain bike, this is a level track through the shaded backyards, forests and fields of western Westchester County.  Beautiful.
  • Shared Use Path over Tappan Zee Bridge: