Harlem Valley Rail Ride & Festival
Dates: July 21-22
Tour Price: $175 plus NYS Sales Tax
Do the summer’s most beautiful ride – the Harlem Valley Rail Ride!
This ride is a wonderful event that is offered every July that features different routes to ride on as well as a festival! Choose from 23, 33, 45, 57, 72, 80 and 2-different century routes along beautiful, low-traffic country roads. Within each route, there will be a 6 mile stretch of the car-free Harlem Valley Rail Trail.
The Harlem Valley Rail Ride also includes an enormous breakfast before the ride as well as a super fun festival after the ride featuring BBQ, a beer garden, music, massages and more!
Gotham Bicycle Tours is pleased to be partnering again with the Harlem Valley Rail Ride this year to offer a 2-day ride package, with a “warm up” ride Saturday and the big ride on Sunday. Vehicle support, swimming, Saturday dinner, camping and Harlem Valley Rail Ride registration are all included when you book this 2-day package.
You can also add discounted Metro-North rail fare for $30 as well as “glamping” to your package! Glamping is as close to a hotel experience as camping can get. You get the largest available tent we have, an air mattress that feels just like a bed and a sleeping bag. Just bring your own pillow. All the set up and breakdown of the tent and air mattress are taken care of by our team. You just enjoy your tent and your comfy bed. You can also rent individual pieces of camping equipment from us if you need them.
The day begins at the Wassaic Metro-North station which is located right at the southern end of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. This is a beautiful car-free trail that takes you through the fertile farms and historic towns of the Harlem Valley. To get to the ride, you can take Metro-North Railroad to the ride with your bike, or you can also drive and park for free at the station. If you are taking the train, take the Metro-North Harlem Line train that leaves Grand Central at 7:50 a.m. You can also board this same train at Harlem-125th Street (8:00 a.m.) or Fordham (8:08 a.m.) You can get discounted rail fare from us for $30 round-trip (fare must be purchased 10 day in advance for shipping).
The train arrives at Wassaic at 10:19 a.m. You can get your stuff organized at the station, store anything you need to in our support van, have a quick snack (we provide snacks and water) and then you are off on a beautiful ride!
We ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail for 10.7 miles. It is entirely paved, and flat. The trail ends in the Village of Millerton right next to an excellent farmer’s market and restaurants where you can get lunch on your own. Take a stroll through the market and let us know what looks good to you. We are buying things for our cookout dinner at the farmer’s market!
After lunch, we head over to the camping spot for the Harlem Valley Rail Ride to set up our tents. This is very close to the farmer’s market. Pick your spot and set up. Or if you are renting a tent from us, just tell us where you want it and we’ll set it up for you.
After lunch and the camp set-up, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy however you like. We leave Millerton for a 2.5-mile ride on quiet back roads to Rudd Pond. When we get to Rudd Pond you can choose your activity: swimming, boating (boat rental fee extra), hiking, or more bike riding on a pre-planned route that does not duplicate Sunday’s ride. However you want to spend the day, we meet back at the pond around 6 for a delicious cookout dinner made with all the local food we bought at the farmer’s market that day. You will also have access to hot showers before or after dinner if you want to clean off.
After dinner, you can either ride the 2.5 miles back to campsite, or we’ll give you a lift in the van. Then sleep under the stars and wake up to an awesome breakfast and a great ride on Sunday!
Cost $175, non-refundable payment. Sign up with us and we will automatically enroll you in Sunday’s ride!
This tour offers gear transportation so that you do not have to carry everything with you along with your bicycle on the train. We can receive your gear in advance and bring it to the tour for you. There are two options for gear transportation.
Drop off your gear at our offices in Midtown or White Plains during regular business hours the week before the tour. Gear drop off is included in the price of the tour and does not cost extra. You can pick up your gear from our offices the week after the tour.
Gear pick up and delivery at your home. We can come to your home the Thursday afternoon before the tour and pick up your gear from you for $40. This price is “per stop”, meaning that people who live in the same household, or friends willing to team up for one pick-up stop can pay one price. The price also includes delivery of your gear back to your home on the last day of the tour. Gear pick-up is subject to some location restrictions and availability. (For example, we cannot do pick-ups in New Jersey or Staten Island and there must be at least 2 stops scheduled for us to do the gear run).
With all options, you will be able to access your bags before you start riding on Saturday if you need to.