Biking and hiking overnights
Mon Jul 19 2010
Storm King, NY
The Berkshires, MA isn’t as far as you think. Metro-North’s Wassaic stop drops you into rolling countryside that grows hillier as you near Great Barrington. Wend your way past red barns, pastures and clapboard churches to picturesque Lenox, where you can listen to music under the stars at Tanglewood; the resident Boston Symphony Orchestra performs regularly, and this season’s roster also features John Williams conducting his music from Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Aug 14). Metro-North to Wassaic (mta.info). $15--$40.50; $5 bike permit required and available at Grand Central. Return by bus from Lenox (peterpanbus.com). One way $44. Ride length: 90 miles.
North Fork, L.I.
Pass farmland, vineyards and beaches on the flat waterside roads here, ideal for cycling—try not to let all the wine tastings you pass distract you from your pedaling goals (but hey, a sip or two won’t hurt).
Travel: LIRR to Greenlawn or Port Jefferson (mta.info). One way $9--$15, $5 bike permit required and available at Penn Station. Ride length: 40--60 miles.
Storm King, NY
Quiet, woodsy roads await just across the George Washington Bridge in Palisades Park; follow them up the Hudson past Nyack, Bear Mountain and West Point. All are worthy stops, but push yourself a bit farther to finish the day at gorgeous sculpture park Storm King Art Center (willimanticwhitewater.org, $12). Stow your wheels while you wander the grounds, where the permanent collection is bolstered by two current exhibitions celebrating the park’s 50th anniversary. Return by bus from Cornwall (coachusa.com). One way $16.95, round-trip bus package $33.90. Ride length: 60 miles (from Central Park).
Breakneck Ridge, NY
Thanks to steep, rocky scrambles, this 1,240-foot peak offers some of the Hudson Valley’s most strenuous hiking—and most dramatic views. Wind down through gentler forest trails, or detour up adjacent Mount Taurus, and finish with a brew in historic Cold Spring. nysparks.state.ny.us.
Travel: Metro-North to Breakneck Ridge or Cold Spring (mta.info). Round-trip $22.50--$30.
Hunter Mountain, NY
Wild Forest Rugged trails run through this 27,000-acre preserve, crowned with several breathtaking peaks. Four routes lead to Hunter Mountain’s 4,040-foot summit: Start off with the relatively easy Diamond Notch Trail, a three-mile hike that passes Buttermilk Falls, or climb 2,000 feet in two miles on the Becker Hollow Trail. (dec.ny.gov).
Travel: Adirondack Trailways buses to Hunter (trailwaysny.com). Round-trip $67.50.
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