City Escape: New York, New York

Text: Florian Neuhauser • Photography: John M. Flores

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle into New Jersey’s backcountry. It’s not nicknamed the Garden State for nothing! Ride through beautiful farmland, forests, and past too many lakes to count. Crossing the Delaware River, this route pokes into Pennsylvania and New York countryside.

Length

Approximately 160 miles

Meet-up Spot

SmartWorld Coffee, 2 Broadway, Denville, NJ

Lunch Stop 

What more do you need than hot dogs, fries, and ice cream? The Riverside Creamery is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that serves up shakes, cones, floats, and more. Opens at 12 p.m. March – October. Find it at 5 Water St, Port Jervis, NY, (845) 856-8560. 

Scenery (3 out of 5) 

As with most places on the East Coast, if you want a view you’ll have to do some climbing—or find a path that leads to an overlook like that at Sunrise Mountain. The majority of this City Escape follows roads through forests and farmland.

Traffic (2 out of 5)

Once out of the city, the route is sparsely populated. 

Difficulty (3 out of 5) 

The riding isn’t very difficult, but sight-limiting vegetation and wildlife will keep your attention.

Road Conditions (3 out of 5)

Most are in good condition, but still, a motorcycle with a good suspension is best for this City Escape.

Points of Interest

  1. Stokes State Forest. Hike along the Appalachian Trail to 1,653-foot Sunrise Mountain for the ultimate view, or ride the narrow, unmarked road to the rustic stone pavilion at the top. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/stokes.html
  2. Dingmans Creek Trail. Take the short and easy 0.4-mile stroll along this flat boardwalk trail. It leads through a thick, pristine hemlock ravine, with Silverthread Falls at the beginning and Dingmans Falls, Pennsylvania’s second highest waterfall, at the end. www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/dingmans-creek-trail.htm
  3. Reber River Trips. Experience the Delaware River on a raft, kayak, canoe, or tube. Let the brightly colored hippie bus take you to the launching point. www.reberrivertrips.com
  4. Pond Eddy Bridge.This 521-foot petit truss bridge spans the Delaware River. It was built in 1903 of wood and steel, but over the years has deteriorated so much that plans are underway for replacement. Pull over to take in this historic site and the peaceful surrounding scenery. historicbridges.org