New Empire State Trail biking guide highlights route through Hudson, Champlain Valley | News

Albany – Parks and Trails New York has announced the publication of a new travel guide, Cycling in the Hudson and Champlain Valleys.

The centerpiece of the new book is the 400-mile north-south Empire State Trail, the longest statewide trail in the country.

While the guide is geared toward cyclists, both those planning multi-day trips and those out for a few hours, it’s also an indispensable tool and resource for other outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the trail and area, including walkers, boaters, and those traveling by car.
The guide was developed by Parks and Trails New York (PTNY), the state’s leading park and trail defense nonprofit, in partnership with Hudson River Valley Greenway and Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The guide follows the Hudson River Valley Greenway from Manhattan to Whitehall and continues through the Champlain Valley between the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain to the Canadian border at Rouses Point. The guide includes local history and cultural attractions, and contains comprehensive lists of attractions, accommodation, campgrounds, breweries, wineries, bike shops, information centers, and other amenities.

Forty easy-to-read maps, divided into four regional sections, form the heart of this full-color 154-page guide. This 5-inch by 9-inch spiral-bound guide fits neatly into bike saddles, backpacks, and glove compartments. Biking in the Hudson and Champlain Valleys also includes information about travel logistics, trip preparation, and bike safety.

“Interest in biking tourism has grown significantly in recent years. Biking in the Hudson Valley and Champlain provides the practical information needed to plan a trip, while telling compelling stories about the area’s history, culture, and environment that make this area unique and attractive as a travel destination,” Robin Drupkin, CEO of Parks & Trails New York, he said.

“This guide is an invaluable resource for all road users exploring the Hudson River Valley and beyond. The book is a celebration of the north-south trails, the history of these two iconic valleys, and all who travel through them,” says Scott Keeler, Hudson River Valley Executive Director Greenway and Morris De Hinchey, Hudson River Valley National Heritage District.

Hudson Valley and Champlain Bicycles retail for $26.95. Passengers interested in expanding their travels westward can consider purchasing the accompanying guide, the Erie Canal Ride.

Parks and Trails New York members enjoy a special discounted rate on all guidebooks, in addition to other member benefits. Visit www.ptny.org to purchase the guidebook and to learn more about PTNY’s advocacy, support, and events for outdoor conservation and recreation.

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