Best Summer Motorcycle Routes and Tours in the Hudson Valley

Get your motor running: A professional photographer — and avid motorcyclist — takes us on a tour of his favorite Valley bike routes



A biker’s-eye view of Storm King Highway in Orange County

Photograph by Michael Nelson

I’m not a serious motorcyclist. My bike isn’t anything to brag about: It’s a low-to-the-ground, low-maintenance Honda Rebel. But it is perfect for me, and I really do love riding. I love the wind, the open skies, the feeling of escape. I love small roads where I can get lost for hours at a time. You’ll never see me on an interstate. As a professional photographer, I’m always looking for beautiful vistas or interesting scenes to capture. So, here are four of my favorite local motorcycle routes; now that the weather is warmer, you may want to check them out. Happy riding.

catskills and greene county motorcycle route

Catskills and Greene County Motorcycle Route and Map

Motorcycle loop #1: Heady heights and endless waterfalls in the Catskills and Greene County
Dutchess and Columbia County Motorcycle Route and Map

Dutchess and Columbia County Motorcycle Route and Map

Motorcycle loop #2: Horse and farm country in Dutchess and Columbia County
Storm King Highway and Orange County Motorcycle Route and Map

Storm King Highway and Orange County Motorcycle Route and Map

Motorcycle loop #3: A rock-solid route on the Storm King Highway in Orange County; PLUS: Michael Nelson’s thrilling helmet cam video
Newburgh, Orange County to Ashokan, Ulster County Motorcycle Route and Map

Newburgh, Orange County to Ashokan, Ulster County Motorcycle Route and Map

Motorcycle loop #4: Wine and apple country from Newburgh, Orange County to Ashokan, Ulster County

 

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