"Roughly 10 miles of hard-packed carriage roads traverse the unique mountain ridges of the scenic and spectacular Shawangunk Mountains. More than 5,600 acres of precipitous, craggy cliffs, glens, mountain lakes, and mixed forests cover the land, which is part of the Mohonk Preserve. Some of the most spectacular and scenic doubletrack can be found in these mountains on this 10-mile loop tour. It’s easy to spend hours and hours cruising along nineteenth-century carriage roads that were built for vacationers of past eras who visited these mountains often. These trails are considered among the finest in the East. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, America entered the Romantic period, during which renewed emphasis was placed on the arts and nature. A good view was held in high regard. The aristocracy and intelligentsia of New York, who often took the long trip up the Hudson River by boat, found this an area of abundant natural beauty and prime meeting grounds. Along these pleasant trails are great panoramic views of the distant pastoral farmland of the Wallkill. The expansive Roundout River Valley lies below. These carriage roads generally follow the contours of the land and do not require any great stamina or special technical skills. The exception is the steep Link Trail, which connects the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center parking area to the beginning of the Bonticou carriage road. What once provided turn-of-the-twentieth-century visitors with a horse-drawn carriage tour through a beautiful woodland forest now benefits mountain bikers with stretches of gentle hill climbs and beautiful scenery. A tour at Bonticou makes for a day of memorable riding."