Old Putnam Trail and South County Trailway

Bronx, New York

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This ride journeys along the Putnam Trail through Van Cortlandt Park and connects to the South County Trailway in Westchester County. Both trails run alongside a former railway line—the Old Put—which carried passengers from the Bronx to Brewster in the late nineteenth century. Today, the trails are popular car-free biking and hiking treks. In Van Cortlandt Park, the dirt-track Putnam Trail bumbles over railroad cross-ties , through an oak-hickory forest, past a lake, and alongside wetlands on what is one of the park’s major nature corridors. In Westchester County, the trail is paved and framed by a narrow border of deciduous trees along much of the way. This route is out- and-back , so you can go as far north as you wish before turning back. The car- free ride is a great respite from city cycling.
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by Mary Staub (Falcon Guides)

This ride journeys along the Putnam Trail through Van Cortlandt Park and connects to the South County Trailway in Westchester County. Both trails run alongside a former railway line—the Old Put—which carried passengers from the Bronx to Brewster in the late nineteenth century.

Today, the trails are popular car-free biking and hiking treks. In Van Cortlandt Park, the dirt-track Putnam Trail bumbles over railroad cross-ties , through an oak-hickory forest, past a lake, and alongside wetlands on what is one of the park’s major nature corridors. In Westchester County, the trail is paved and framed by a narrow border of deciduous trees along much of the way. This route is out- and-back , so you can go as far north as you wish before turning back. The car- free ride is a great respite from city cycling.

© 2014 Mary Staub/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bronx
Distance: 17.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Local Maps: New York City Bike Map, North and South County Trailway Bike Map accessible at www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/north-and-south-county-trailways-bike-map
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Putnam Trail and South County Trailway

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