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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Blazing Fall Foliage in Poughkeepsie


3. What to Do

Bike through wetlands and farm country with the Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club.  

Marvel at uninterrupted views of the riverscape and city from the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 1.28-mile pedestrian bridge and state park that opened last October after a $38.8 million refurbishment. The hour-long walk is the best way to admire the area’s vivid fall foliage along the banks, which start turning this month. Though the main entryway is at 61 Parker Avenue, you’ll have better luck finding parking around the second entrance, near Crave and Lulu’s on Washington Street.

Stroll or bike along the Dutchess Rail Trail, a flat route that follows the old Maybrook railroad line through a lush canopy of autumnal oaks and maples. A newly paved 2.4-mile section opened last July along Creek Road. For more remote terrain, opt for the 4.5-mile Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which starts in Amenia and winds through wetlands and farms with the Berkshire foothills in the distance.

Take a bucolic cycling trip with the Mid-Hudson Bike Club, which offers one to two free rides every weekend of varying skill levels and distances. The Dusty Ride on October 24 covers the dirt roads and farm country near Staatsburg, with moderate hills throughout.

Published on Sep 23, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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