The Great Northern Catskills' mountain bike centers are your new mecca for mountain biking. Why? Well, there's diversity for starters. There are four main mountain biking centers in Greene County (with a fifth in the works), and plans to connect trails and expand current biking centers further.
The Round Top Trail Network – aka Roundtopia – is made up of more than 20 miles of single and double track, as well as fire roads winding around the town, and into the woods along streams and waterfalls. Maintained by the Round Top Bike Association, a not-for-profit organized by local mountain bikers, the organization advocates for expansion, keeps the trails clean, and hosts several events throughout the year, including the Round Top Enduro Fundraiser at Riedlbauer's Resort. Actually, one of the coolest mountain biking treks in the Catskills happens at Nussy's Bier Garden at Rieldbauers. Ride Roundtopia trails, all morning, and then ride right to Nussy's for a beers, brats and schnitzel.
Windham Mountain Bike Center
Windham Mountain Bike Center was the only North American stop on the World Cup UCI circuit for years – and will be again in 2019 – and the Gravity Logic designed trails are ideal for experienced and just-learning riders. Lift-serviced trails for all skill levels flow from Windham's summit, including a new green trail opening this year - the Kaaterskill Cruise. A Skills Park at the base features berms, tabletops, and a mini-rock garden. Rated one of the "Top Five Best Parks" in 2015 by MTBParks.com, Windham Mountain Bike Park offers more of what bikers are looking for: cool features, guided rides, and a full-service rental shop.
Elm Ridge Trail System
Nearby, is the scenic Elm Ridge Trail System, offering more than 25 miles of mountain biking trails for all levels of ability. The extensive trail network boasts some of the best technical singletrack in New York and offers plenty of terrain for beginners. It's like a hidden gem, except that it's really easy to get to – just head east for two miles from the intersection of Routes 296 and 23 in the beautiful and charming Town of Windham.
For first-time off-road cyclists or families with kiddos long on energy and short on legs, the Windham Path offers two miles of beginner trails. Take a leisurely ride and look for beavers at the dam, ride over a covered bridge and just generally enjoy the spectacular scenery. In Tannersville, the Huckleberry Trail offers five miles of easy riding on repurposed railroad beds, making a very gentle, wide trail. Originally owned and operated by the Ulster & Delaware, and the Canajoharie & Catskill railways, the bike path starts at Clum Hill Road, and circles part of Rip Van Winkle/Tannersville Lake in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest.
Plans for more trails and connections between bike centers are in the works, so you should probably come ride the Great Northern Catskills mountain bike trails this spring, and return soon and often!