NY: Dutchess County- Empire State Trail (Brewster to Hopewell Junction)

Empire State Trail way is 750 miles from NYC to Canada! I have biked the trail both below and above this new segment.

Today’s section was the Maybrook Trail from Brewster to Hopewell Junction- the 22-mile paved portion of the trail was only recently completed in 2021. I started in Pawling which is 15 miles for a 30 mile out and back. Parking was available at the intersection of State Route 252 and Holmes Road.

It runs along a former railroad and portions are between large rock wall formations. A point to share is going towards Hopewell Junction it is a slight downhill grade so on my return it was a slight uphill. Choose your starting point accordingly!

It even crosses the Appalachian trail. I was so taken by this spot I stopped in both directions. I generally don’t see a crossing bridge over a waterfall open on one side. Fortunately there was a budding photographer there who offered to take my picture. I also saw several beautiful dogs using the spot for a drink and respite. I could have sat here all day!

There was a lake that was mesmerizing with bright green algae I presume that was most pronounced by the surrounding reflection of the sky.

Once to Hopewell Junction there was a restaurant with outdoor seating called Daddy Os. It had burgers, wraps and salad and other light fare. A perfect place to pause before my return. Loads of like minded bicyclists chatting about their rides. So fun!

The next segment of the ride connects to the Dutchess County trail to the walkway on the Hudson. That’s another beautiful trail and the walkway a must see! I will hopefully get back there soon.

Below is a link to the full trail map.


Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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