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Bicycling in the Catskills
Local Biking Resources
From a distance, the Catskill Mountains look rolling and gentle. But don't tell that to a biker who's earned bragging rights for making it to the top of the grueling Devil's Kitchen loop on Platte Clove Road in Palenville, a punishing climb with slopes that exceed 22 percent in spots. Cyclists in search of a good ride can find every kind of terrain in the Catskills: miles of smooth blacktop, hills on which to test your mettle, and some of the world's gnarliest downhill mountain biking.
“Shale. Roots. Craziness. I love it. It's my favorite kind of riding. It's really hard to stay in control of your bike when you're going down shale chutes. It's scary to do. but it's such an adrenaline rush, and it's so much fun.”
On the other end of the spectrum, there's Route 28: A state highway that meanders from its eastern endpoint in the Hudson River city of Kingston all the way across Catskill Park, traversing a few picture-pretty towns along the way. Once marked by crumbling shoulders and perilous potholes, Route 28 has gotten a recent upgrade from the state Department of Transportation, and now boasts broad, smooth, bike-friendly shoulders. There's a movement afoot to get cycling symbols painted on the margins of Route 28, but even without obvious bike signage, 28 is a sweet ride.
The area has several fun amateur rides, like the new annual Tour de Pepacton, a benefit ride with 25-mile and 60-mile courses along the banks of the stunning Pepacton Reservoir. The Catskills are also a draw for pro racers, who flock to the slopes of Windham and Hunter each summer for the annual Tour of the Catskills, a three-day pro/am race that spans some of the steepest hills Ulster and Greene County have to offer.
Catskill Mountain Velo Club/ Catskills Cycling
P.O. Box 174, Big Indian
A club founded recently to promote cycling of all kinds in the Catskill Park. Club president Mike Wentland keeps a great blog about local cycling.
Catskill Mountain Cycling Club
These Central Catskills folks don't have a website, but you can find them on Facebook.
Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 227, Lake Katrine
A Sullivan County-based group for mountain bikers, whose members organize rides and trail maintenance across Catskill Park and the Hudson Valley.
Sullivan County Bike Club/The Catskill Wheelmen
P.O. Box 778, Monticello
The Sullivan County Bike Club has over 100 detailed local route maps on their website.
Trails, Routes and Bike Parks
Plattekill Bike Park
469 Plattekill Mountain Rd., Roxbury
In the summer, family-run Plattekill Mountain is home to some of the Northeast's bumpiest, gnarliest downhill mountain biking. They'll also set you up with a bike rental to ride the Catskill Scenic Rail Trail, a kinder, gentler 19-mile route for hiking and biking.
Catskill Scenic Trail
P.O. Box 310, Stamford
Once part of the route for the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, now a favorite path for bikers, horseback riders, joggers, hikers and (in winter) cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
About 30 miles of trails around Stamford and (as the name suggests) the headwaters of the West Branch of the Delaware River.
Galli Curci Road, Highmount
The state-run Belleayre Ski Center offers free use of its trails to mountain bikers in the summer season.
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Howe Caverns, a popular tourist attraction in the region, keeps maps of local bike routes around rural Schoharie County. BYOB: Bring your own bike.
Below: A map of bike stores and outfitters around the region. Click on a pin to get more information about a bike shop on the map.
View Catskills Bike Stores and Outfitters in a full screen map
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Catskill Forest Association
Connecting people with woodlands
42838 New York 28
Busk and Bard
Street performer festival
September 1, 2012
The Flour Patch
Bagels and breakfast
75 Bridge Street
Bed & Bath Shoppe
746 Main Street
Kayak rentals and steam-cleaning
PO Box 715
213 Fair St (McIntosh Auction)
Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Train rides in New York's legendary Catskill Mountains
43510 New York 28
Arkville 43510 New York 28 Arkville
Arkville Bread and Breakfast
Breakfast and lunch in a caboose
43285 State Hwy 28
Shephard Hills Golf Club
Golf Course Road
42084 State Highway 28
Mountainside Residential Care Center
42158 State Highway 28
Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary
P. O. Box 51
WIOX Radio 91.3FM
Live local community radio
PO Box 100 Roxbury
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties
75 Bridge Street
Margaretville Office: 845-586-3321
Delhi Office: 607-746-7400
Stamford Office: 607-652-2220
Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce
21 Railroad Avenue
PO Box 166
723 Main Street
Spillian, A Place to Revel
50 Todd Mountain Road
36 Bridge St
Pine Hollow Lodging
PO Box 10