We were pedaling less than five minutes when we were awestruck at the fast-moving swath of the Hudson River stretching out before us. At Nyack Beach State Park, the crushed pebble bike trail meanders right along the river at sea level, and there are views in all directions.
As you bike, you’ll take in breathtaking towering rock walls, lush forested hills climbing up to them. You can see Tarrytown across the way, the Tappan Zee Bridge to the south. Kids will love stopping every so often when the rocks along the river thin out, and you can scramble down to a small beach. My 7-year-old found a fossil here.
You can walk the trail or bike it, although if you do the latter, don’t bring a kid on training wheels. We pulled our 2-year-old easily in a chariot buggy, which was great. There is one big uphill after about a mile of riding, and my 7-year-old and I walked up. Then, we followed an arrow directing us to a lake, and the trail zipped through the woods until opening up on a close-up view of more vertical rock walls. It was a beautiful spot to have a snack.
You can go further, but for a kid without gears on his bike, it was too hard to maneuver up and down the hilly path. So we turned back and enjoyed pedaling along the river the whole way to the car.
Admission to the park is $6; parking is easy and very close to the trailhead, although I’d go early. I bet this park fills up quickly on warm summer days.