The Finger Lakes region is ideal for all levels of cyclists; Speedo-encased racers, families, or leisurely pedaling people. Given my propensity to enjoy the journey as much as arriving at a destination (eventually!) I’m a huge fan of rail trails, the wide public paths created from old, abandoned railroad corridors. With flat terrain, no traffic, gorgeous scenery, interesting history, and places to stop and explore, they have everything you need for an enjoyable spring, summer, or fall day! And-cycling the trails is free-no reservations required. All you need to do is pack water, snacks, a few first aid supplies (trust me on that one), a cell phone for emergencies and photos, and sunscreen, insect repellent, or a sweatshirt, depending on the season, and you’re good to go!
A favorite local ride is our Black Diamond Trail, running from Trumansburg (home of Taughannock Falls!) to Ithaca. Check out the photos to learn more about it and to see the mini-bike service station the BDT has for you!
Two other old favorites are the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Pennsylvania and the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Massachusetts.
Here’s some other out-of-stater’s I have on my radar for the coming years: