Catskill Road Biking Routes

Pedal, Pedal, Pedal

Hit the pavement, pedaling your way along smooth roads that stretch through meadows, climb mountains, and weave through lush forest.

Cycling requires a rhythm, rotating your left and right legs in a circular motion by applying the right amount of foot pressure to the pedals. When you bike in the Catskills region, you add another unique rhythm to your riding, the roads. It's the pairing of longs smooth stretches of road that cut through meadows, steep hill climbs into the mountains, and winding sequences through dense lush forest that create one beautiful feeling. Road biking in the Catskills offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders the ability to not only explore the diverse region, but to create their own unique rhythm. So grab your bike, helmet, and some water and come experience some of the best cycling routes in the East.

Cherry Ridge Wild Forest Loop

Cycle around beautiful Cherry Ridge Wild Forest along winding roads that cut right through the dense forest and surrounding farmland.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 29.3 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Total Elevation Gain: 2,795 ft.
  • Starting Location: 41o 56’12.2” N 74o 54’57.0” W
Pedal Delaware County
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Photo Credit: Hudson Valley Randonneur
Photo Credit: Hudson Valley Randonneur
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Monticello Loop

Cruise along the road that borders the Swinging Bridge Reservoir then back up into Monticello, passing multiple ponds along the way. End right on the banks of Sackett Lake and then head into Monticello for the rest of the day to explore town.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 12.9 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Total Elevation Gain: 403 ft.
  • Starting Location: 41o 37’38.5” N 74o 44’44.1” W
Pedal Sullivan County

Short Tour of the Shawangunks

The “short” tour of the Shawangunks will have your legs burning yet leave you asking for more. Starting and ending just outside of New Paltz, make sure you stop in town afterwards for a delicious meal and mountain town atmosphere.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 30.1 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Total Elevation Gain: 2,867 ft.
  • Starting Location: 41o 44’48.1” N 74o 05’24.0” W
Pedal Ulster County
Photo Credit: Riding The Catskills
Photo Credit: Riding The Catskills
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Photo Credit: Tour of the Catskills
Photo Credit: Riding The Catskills
Photo Credit: Riding The Catskills

The Grand Fondo Tour

Head out on one of the best race courses in the Northeast. The Grand Fondo loop will be sure to test even the strongest riders. This strenuous ride does have its perks though, the beautiful areas you pass through will surely take your mind off the distance and help pass the time.

  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: 73 miles
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Total Elevation Gain: 5,432 ft.
  • Starting Location: 42o 11’44.3” N 74o 08’09.5” W
Pedal Greene County
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