Taconic-Hereford MUA Professional Review and Guide
"The Taconic–Hereford Multiple Use Area, one of the largest MUAs in Dutchess County, has been set aside for its great upland game hunting and other outdoor activities. It’s a 909-acre oasis for mountain bikers and generally is not known as a mainstream mountain bike area. It’s a gem and will fulfill anybody’s wanderlust, with its easy yet stimulating 11 miles of four-wheel-drive roads and singletrack. More than 8 miles of well-maintained, hard-packed, four-wheel-drive roads loop through a low, hilly terrain. The trail is fast-paced, exhilarating, and a joy to ride. Some spur trails take off and wind through an attractive, dense hardwood forest as singletrack. The terrain consists of rolling hills with somewhat steep slopes, but none of the routes for riding require technical handling skills. Don’t think. Just ride. These trails are perfect for easy or fast cruising, depending on your mood or how much caffeine you’ve imbibed. The Taconic–Hereford MUA is composed almost entirely of deciduous hardwood forest and offers a compact and robust habitat for a variety of upland game animals like grouse, squirrel, woodcock, and rabbit. Throughout the ride are innumerable opportunities to view the cherished wildlife that flourishes here. An MUA provides recreational options for a variety of sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. Area use regulations allow individuals to hunt, fish, and even trap game. Access throughout these MUAs is usually via networks of four-wheel-drive roads that, during winter, provide suitable snowmobile routes. The great concept here is that these roads provide some fine mountain biking paths as well, and during seasons when hunting is banned, the place is wide open to exploration by bike. Located in Dutchess County in the town of Pleasant Valley. The Taconic-Hereford M.U.A. is located along the eastern side of the Taconic State Parkway and south of Tyrell Road. The 8-mile loop traverses a low, hilly terrain and provides for some easy riding, while the more challenging riding takes place on the single-track spur trails."