RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Lower Hudson River Ramble

Jun 06, 2015 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Lower Hudson River RambleAnother Great Ride in New York –

JUNE BUCKET ROADRoads navigating both shores of the Hudson River, between Bear Mountain State Park and Poughkeepsie, NY provide a scenic journey into America’s past and continuing into the present. Although the distance traveled is relatively short, riders are apt to tarry at the fascinating points of interest.

Points of Interest:

  • Samuel B. Morse Historic Site: Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River is the enchanting Italianate villa, which was constructed for inventor and artist Samuel B. Morse in 1851. Nowadays the 200-acre grounds are a nature preserve and the house is a non-profit museum, which has exhibits on telegraphy, communications, and several other interesting subject matters. Find it at 2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY, (845) 454-4500, www.morsehistoricsite.org.
  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park: The former railroad bridge over the Hudson River, near Poughkeepsie, NY, is now a walkable bridge deck for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and folks with disabilities. At 212 feet above the river’s surface and 6,768 feet long, this is reputedly the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The expansive views of the lower Hudson River Valley are breathtaking. Find out more at www.walkway.org.
  • Motorcyclepedia Museum: Over 400 motorcycles grace the floors of the museum, including an extensive collection of vintage bikes, including Indian motorcycles (in the separate Indian Room), police, military, choppers, Japanese brands, American manufacturers, and much more. Find it at 250 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY, (845) 569-9065, www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org.
  • Storm King Highway Overlook: The visual panorama at the overlook is spectacular, but parking space is limited. Find out more about how this scenic roadway was literally blasted out of the mountainside at www.thecountysbest.com/route218.
  • West Point Military Academy: The Visitors Center is located at 145 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. Access to the actual academy grounds is via guided tours only. Find out more at www.usma.edu/visitors.
  • Perkins Memorial Tower: Resting atop the summit of Bear Mountain State Park, the tower is 1,305 feet above the Hudson River. Four sets of stairs in the tower lead to the observation floor, which affords visitors a 360º panoramic view of four states: New York (including the New York City skyline), New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. When the tower was completed in 1934, it served as a weather station and fire lookout. Get more information at www.hudsonvalleyattractions.com/htm/Rockland/CL/1/4/1/CL1417.html.

Scenery: Sweeping vistas of the Hudson River in several locations and the route through Bear Mountain State Park are a pleasure for the eyes.

Curves: Most of the curvy sections are located in the Bear Mountain State Park area and along Storm King Highway.

Services: All necessary services are readily available along the route.

Traffic: This area is a favorite weekend drive for many residents of the New York City metropolitan area; to avoid heavy traffic, the best time to go is during the week.

Distance: Approximately 110 miles.

Time Required: Allow a full day to make the ride and take-in all of the points of interest.

Technical Difficulty: Not technical, but riders may encounter heavy traffic in some areas; this route appropriate for most riders.

 

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