Bicycling in Hudson
Hudson hosts six miles of an on-road segment of the Empire State Bike Trail which is part of the longer 750-mile trail from NYC to Buffalo or the Canadian border. Ride south from Hudson to charming Germantown, Tivoli, and Kingston or north to historic Kinderhook and Albany.
- Use the bike rack at the Henry Hudson Riverside Park to take in the beauty of the Hudson River. Bring a picnic lunch and see the river traffic up close or venture out on a rental kayak or tour of the Hudson Athens Lighthouse While at the waterfront ride over to the Basilica to see if this arts center is presenting any art installations, craft markets, music, or films.
- Park your bike at the bike racks Union and 3rd, Warren and 4th, Warren and 6th, or the North 7th Street Park to visit Warren Street. There are antique shops, art galleries, clothing stores, coffee shops, formal and informal restaurants, food trucks, home furnishing stores, and more! Nearby Club Helsinki offers live music and a restaurant
- Use the bike rack at Oakdale Park to explore the 14-acre park. Take a swim in the lake, relax on the beach, use the skate park, or play basketball.
REPAIRSAir in tires low? No problem! There are fix-it stations with air pumps and tools located at Oakdale Park and at North 2nd and Mill Streets. If you need parts or a mechanic, visit Steiner’s Sports.
- Historic homes of American landscape painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church (Olana)—both homes are a short bike ride outside of Hudson
- Hudson Hall - art exhibits, performing arts events
- Tours of Hudson Athens Lighthouse
- Fireman’s Firefighting Museum with vintage fire trucks and equipment
The Youth Department Bike Co-op offers workshops in bike maintenance and repair, and guided two-wheeled adventures around Hudson. Students develop mechanical skills working on abandoned and damaged bicycles acquired through partnerships with Bard College, Hudson Police Department, and private sources and are given the opportunity to restore and own their own bikes.
The City of Hudson is working to making bicycling more accessible for bicyclists of all abilities. In 2021, the Dugway project improved the shared used path between Mill St and Harry Howard. In 2020, a shared lane was added to Harry Howard Avenue. The Hudson Connects project will improve streets, intersections, and furnishings between 2nd street and the waterfront. The designs are studying options to create shared use paths along State St and Front St. The Truck Study seeks to reduce large traffic on dense residential streets.