Biking the Rail Trail from Croton Reservoir to Brewster
- 40 plus miles round trip -
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I got off to a late start today but at 10:45 AM I was riding. I started from the parking lot just north of the Croton Reservoir. It was beautiful day - not too hot and the Rail Trail had a lot of activity: bikers, hikers, skateboarders, etc.
|Yorktown Heights Panorama|
A few miles north of Yorktown Heights, there was a long gradual hill going toward Mahopac (but on the return, it was a 15 minute joyride coasting back down it!). My tires were a little under pressure so that made the going a little tougher but Rail Trail hills are super easy compared to road or mountain biking in the area so it was no big deal…
I took a Pic of the old Mahopac station and stopped to snap a shot looking over the lake.
|Lake Mahopac Station|
Kiosk at Lake Gleneida
Before reaching the end of the line, the Rail Trail cuts right across Middle Branch Reservoir - I have super short segment in the video. The photo is a street view from the highway to the North.
|Street View South at Middle Branch Reservoir|
Trail's EndThere was a nice Pizza Place at end of the line where I gobbled down a couple of tasty slices before heading back...
As mentioned, my tires were soft so I stopped in at the Bikeway store in Mahopac where they pumped them back up to 100 psi. Man what a difference!
The best part of the trip was—once I reached the high point south of Mahopac—the gradual hill I mentioned on the way up was a sweet coast back down on my return. I hardly had to pedal for about 10 minutes or so… I was flying and peaked at 29.7 mph without even trying! (I shot a one-handed video of course :-) ) Most of the rest of the trip back was almost as easy as well.
I stopped for a quick break to eat my plum which I had hung from my handlebars: it was super ripe, juicy and delicious!
Finally... I stopped to shoot-- IHMO--the perfect picturesque railroad cut photo...
Video - Riding the Putnam Rail Trail (Part 2)
This is a continuation of Part 1
Riding The Old Putnam Line...
The Putnam Line in 1902
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1 - East View To Croton Reservoir
2- Yorktown Heights Section
3- Mahopac to Brewster
4 - Mahopac Branchline to the Mine
|Mahopac Falls Branch Line
The Mahopac Iron Mine opened in 1879. A railroad was built to the mines in 1902. It was abandoned in 1931.
More about the Mahopac Falls Branch Line:
Guide To The Old Put (PDF)
-Rail Trail Info-
South County Trailway
North County Trailway
The Putnam Line