Hudson Valley On-Road Section

East Kingston to Tivoli
  • 12 miles
  • 4 to 6 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 12-mile section is part of a longer 35-mile on-road Empire State Trail section, from Kingston to the City of Hudson, that is appropriate for experienced, long-distance bicyclists comfortable riding next to vehicle traffic. The section starts at a parking area at John St in East Kingston, at the northern end of the Hudson River Brickyard Trail. The route travels north 2.5 miles to the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge, turning east over the Hudson River. The bridge is 1.5 miles long – bicyclists ride across on the traffic shoulder, or dismount and walk across on a protected sidewalk. In Dutchess County, the route is designated on the shoulders of public roads north to the Village of Tivoli (including a 1.3-mile stonedust trail through Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area).

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 6 mph SW
Humidity: 95%
Feels like: 81°F
Trail Elevation

Family Fun

Art & Culture

B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Grand Dutchess

Step back in time at this 1874 village Victorian B&B located in the heart of Red Hook. You’ll find the perfect blend of past and present amid six stylishly decorated rooms and two formal Victorian parlors. Plan the day’s adventures over a full breakfast, then head out to explore the famous homes, antique shops, and historic mansions that can be found throughout northern Dutchess County. The Grand Dutchess can also accommodate up to 12 in their small meeting space. Pets welcome.

Hideaway Suites B&B

3 suites and 3 rooms. Private baths, living room/sitting areas, fireplaces, jacuzzis, king beds, a/c, cable TV, wireless internet, phone, refrigerators. Full breakfast.

Hotel Tivoli & The Corner

Don't miss a delightful stay at this century-old historic hotel in the town of Tivoli. Each of the 11 spacious rooms has a unique contemporary design as well as a private bath and shower. Their accompanying restaurant, The Corner, offers a farm-to-table Mediterranean inspired menu, inventive cocktails, and an international wine list. If your stay includes the weekend be sure to marvel at the handmade pottery and other items in the gift shop. 

Whistlewood Farm Bed & Breakfast

You’ll escape to the country and experience a true working farm when you stay at this Rhinebeck bed and breakfast. Located on a 40 acre farm just 3 miles from the village of Rhinebeck, enjoy private views of acres of rolling land, grazing horses and flower gardens in bloom. There are miles of trails to explore, animals to greet and farm-fresh products to enjoy. Breakfasts are made with the farm’s very own eggs and other locally sourced ingredients. Accommodations include 4 spacious rooms in the lodge and 3 in the Carriage House, which can also be rented out in its entirety as a vacation rental.

The property is also available for small weddings and other special events. Up to 150 people can be accommodated in the outside area. The hilltop areas are wonderful places to hold wedding ceremonies and receptions in a beautiful, relaxing and unpretentious setting.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Courtyard Marriott Kingston

Located in the heart of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, the Courtyard by Marriott Kingston should be your destination hotel when traveling to the Hudson Valley, with a renovated lobby, featuring The Bistro and Starbucks, and brand-new guest rooms. Minutes from the New York State thruway (I-87) and many exciting destinations and events. Experience Rip Van Winkle River Cruises, Woodstock, HITS-ON-THE-HUDSON, The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, beautiful hikes, outdoor activities, and some of the best skiing/snowboarding around at Hunter, Belleayre, or Windham ski resorts. Kingston was the first capital of New York so the area is filled with history and pride. This is prevalent throughout the Stockade District as well as the historic Rondout waterfront and lighthouse. Whether traveling on business or leisure the Courtyard will help you to relax in one of the 89 spacious guest rooms, many that overlook a breath taking sunset on the Catskills.

Ham House

Historic property offering beautifully decorated rooms with some private baths. Gardens on grounds. House may be rented for 10-12 people minimum stays required. House & grounds are available for weddings, private dinners & events, film production and corporate conferences.

Hampton Inn

Complimentary hot breakfast, high-speed internet, indoor saltwater pool, fitness center and business center. Microwave, mini-fridge, and LCD TVs in all guest rooms. The Hampton Inn is conveniently located near the City of Kingston and Saugerties, with shopping, dining and a movie theater minutes away.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Painted Turtle Lake Cottage

2 bedroom cottage, lake, dock, canoe & kayak, deck, grill, weekly & daily rates available.

The Barn in Tivoli

Super cozy & unique Barn for your country pleasure. A 5-minute walk from the charming Village of Tivoli. Five beds sleep up to 8 guests. Wood Burning Stove / Piano / Furnished Deck / Outdoor Shower / Pond / Yoga Deck by Stream / A 4 acre retreat.