RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NY 97)

Sep 07, 2013 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER's Bucket List Roads: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NY 97)What is It? Paralleling the course of the upper Delaware River, this byway was constructed in the 1930s to link Port Jervis, NY with Hancock, NY. From the beginning it was envisioned as both a scenic highway and a means of opening up this western section of New York. Today, it’s one of the favorite East Coast riding destinations in southern New York.

Scenery: Chiseled out of high bluffs overlooking the Delaware River, the route provides riders with expansive scenic vistas to the west.

Curves: The often photographed, tight, squiggly curves in the Hawks Nest area have risen to iconic status.

Traffic: Generally light.

Distance: Approximately 70 miles.

Time Required: From either Port Jervis or Hancock, this route only requires a couple of hours. But why hurry? Make a day of it by traveling the route in both directions with a leisurely lunch in between.

Technical Difficulty: High, if taken at speed, which is not advised.

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