Biking to Storm King is a great cycling day trip out of NYC. This past Saturday my friend Dan and I took NJ Transit from Penn Station to Salisbury-Mills which is about 1 hr 15min outside of New York City. NJ Transit is actually quite bike friendly and on our 11am train, there were few people to navigate through. Each train has a wheelchair section that fits a few bicycles comfortably and the train conductors were helpful and friendly in directing us there. After one quick transfer and colorful train ride up north – the autumn leaves are perfect this time of year – we arrived at our destination.
First up, we rode 3 miles on relatively safe and moderately hilly Orrs Mills Road to Storm King Arts Center. Storm King is a 500 acre sculptural garden that has a strange bike policy. You are allowed to park your bike inside the center but cannot ride it around. However, at $10/hr you can rent beach cruisers and ride around the garden. Needless to say we skipped that park and hiked about for a few hours until our legs gave out and then jumped on the tram. The park is beautiful and highly recommended.
Afterward we biked 4 miles south to Palaia Vineyard. The route was pretty hilly this time, but not painfully so. There were a whole group of cyclists on a vineyard tour when we arrived which was fun to see. The server there was stuck in the 50’s with his jokes but they had free wine tastings and lots of good bottles for sale…2006 Merlot FTW! They also have live music every night. Too bad we missed Meatloaf’s band this particular night to get back for the last train.
After the vineyard we decided to bike to Harriman Station 7.5 miles away. I expected this leg to take about an hour but since it was mostly downhill, we made it in around 30min. This route was along a highspeed road, through the outlet mall intersection and down a 4 lane curving high speed road. It isn’t the safest route, but it is the fastest and most direct way. If you are looking for something safer, head back to Salisbury Mills rather than Harriman.
Price of Trip = $34.50 also know as a cheap and fast getaway from New York City!
$22.50 – 2 way train ticket
$8 (student)-12 (regular) admission to Storm King
free wine tasting
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Thanks to Dan for the photos!