Rail Biking Allows Visitors to Explore Rail Trails of the Adirondacks
Slow your roll, scenic train tours! A brand-new way to ride the rails just arrived in the Adirondacks — and the Hudson Valley could be next
Photograph courtesy of Rail Explorers
The breathtaking views and myriad activities of the Adirondacks already make the region a perfect weekend trip (just look at our “Fall Getaways” cover story for proof). What better way to enjoy all that scenery than with a ride down abandoned railroad tracks at 25 miles per hour?
Enter rail biking. Already a popular activity in Europe and South Korea, this trend — which arrived in New York thanks to a company called Rail Explorers — allows groups to pedal down a six-mile rail stretch in the village of Saranac Lake using machines that are not unlike conjoined, seated bicycles. The trip takes about an hour, and at $50 for a two-passenger bike ($100 for four), it’s affordable, too.
Though trail riding has existed for nearly two centuries, this new way to explore ths rail trails has become a welcome pastime of the Adirondack experience.
Which makes us wonder: wouldn’t it be great to bring this trend to the Hudson Valley? We have plenty of rail trails (find some of them here) boasting gorgeous views, especially with the upcoming fall season. Why not add another outdoor hobby to our area?