Riders soak in fall colors along the Empire State Trail with “Pedal to Peebles” event

As a part of the annual Bike Your Park Day and Hudson River Valley Ramble, Parks & Trails New York hosted “Pedal to Peebles on the Empire State Trail” on Saturday, September 28. This year was the fourth annual Bike Your Park Day and consisted of over 1,000 rides and more than 14,000 participants. The event provides cyclists with the opportunity to join a group ride to explore and appreciate our parks and public lands. The Hudson River Valley Rumble has been an annual event for 20 years and participants from across the country joined local residents in celebrating the history, culture, and natural resources that the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has to offer.

Our 21-mile ride took about 50 participants from Corning Preserve in Albany up to Peebles Island State Park and back along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. At Peebles Island, ride participants got special fall-themed treats and a walking tour/history lesson presented by the President of the Friends of Peebles Island State Park about the island and the State Park which is rich in history.

A part of both the Erie Canalway Trail and the Empire State Trail, the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail runs along its namesake rivers from Rotterdam Junction, west of Schenectady, down to Albany. Along the way, the trail runs alongside old canal and railroad infrastructure. The trail connects directly with the downtowns of Schenectady, Cohoes, Watervliet and Albany along its 36-mile route.

Did you know that miles completed on this ride (or any trip on the Erie Canalway Trail) count for completing your miles on the Canalway Challenge? Sign up and track your miles at www.canalwaychallenge.org

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