canal boat Bikers enjoy the scenery and the exertion.
The Delaware River Watershed provides water to over 17 million people and supports a world-class trout fishery and bald eagles.

Biking

The route is comprised of flats and steep hills.

The route is comprised of flats and steep hills.

Bicycle Route 17 follows the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (Route 97) for 70 miles. One can intersect Pennsylvannia´s Bicycle Route “Y” at the Roebling Bridge in the Town of Highland (the middle section of the Byway).

The bicycle route along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is recommened for experienced road riders. Bicyclists share the roadway, most of the way, with motorized vechiles. Watch for debris and animals in your path.

Many of the hamlets like Narrowsburg or Callicoon offer the less experienced bicycle rider an alternative way to get from a bed & breakfast to the local diner.

Please follow the Rules of the Road

Cyclists in New York State have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicle operators. Obey traffic regulations: stop at red lights, obey signs, observe speed limits and follow lane markings.

Keep at least 3 feet of clearance when you're passing another bicyclist — more at high downhill speeds. Seasons and Limits

When you're about to pass another bicyclist, it's your responsibility to do it safely. The other members of your group can't read your mind to know that you are about to change position in the group. Check behind you before you change your lane position. Call out, "On your left" to the bicyclist you're passing, and pass on the left of their bike.

Never sneak past another bicyclist on the right — if you do, you force the other bicyclist farther toward the middle of the road without warning.

Intersections of New York State Bicycle Route 17
As part of a larger New York State Department of Transportation effort, State Bike Route 17 begins in Buffalo and continues across the Southern Tier of New York State, entering Orange County. The section of this Route in Orange County follows state highways and passes many historic and scenic sites. State Bike Route 17 enters Orange County on Route 97 and then follows Route 6 east through Port Jervis to Middletown. The Bike Route then continues on Route 6/17M to Goshen. At Goshen, the bike route continues on Washington Street, then follows Marine Drive along the Hudson River and crosses the Hudson River via the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on a separate bicycle/pedestrian facility. Bike Route 17 ends in Dutchess County, where it intersects with Bike Route 9 near the City of Beacon.

biker riding down mountain trail photo

MAPS

New York State Bicycle Route 17 Map for the UDSB section (PDF)

Maps for NYS routes can be obtained with no charge from:

New York State Department of Transportation
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
50 Wolf Road, 54
Albany, NY 12232
Phone: (518) 457-8307
Link to NYDOT Bicycling information

Pennsylvania Bicycle Route "Y"(PDF)
One can intersect to Pennsylvannia´s Bicycle Route “Y” at the Roebling Bridge in the Town of Highland (the middle section of the Byway) off of NYS Route 97. At 409 miles, Bicycle Route “Y” generally follows U.S. Route 6 through the deep forests of northern Pennsylvania. It offers access to Routes A and Z in the west and Route L in the east. It’s often the choice for people cycling between Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, or Chicago and the New York metropolitan area.

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