Westfield, MA to Liberty, NY Ride Preview
This 162 mile ride begins in
Westfield, MA and visits MA Route 23 and Blandford Stage Road (Best
Of the NorthEast
Roads) over hills, through forests, and past farms. The ride
travels through Great Barrington and on into NY State.
Stop at the
Martindale Chief Diner for lunch. This is a classic
American diner with good diner food.
Chief Martindale Diner Sign
After lunch, cross the Hudson River
and ride through the town of Catskill - now the real fun begins.
Cauterskill Road (BONE Road) is a
hidden Catskills gem that most riders miss. It snakes through
forest and along Kaaterskill Creek and Cauterskill Creek until
finally breaking out into the open along a series of chicken egg
farms. The pavement is not perfect, but it is a great ride.
Turn south briefly on NY Route 32
and then turn right onto Bogart Road. Bogart Road is a great
little wooded & curvy shortcut to NY Route 23A.
Turn right on NY 23A (BONE Road) and
start climbing on this iconic Catskills Road. The road begins
twisting along the Kaaterskill Creek as it snakes through rugged
Be careful once you reach the
hairpin with Bastion Falls on your right and a sheer drop on
your left - very nice!
NY Route 23A Hairpin
Stop at the parking area on the left
a little beyond the hairpin. If you have a lot of time and are
adventurous, walk back downhill along the roadway to Bastion
Falls. Climb the 1/2 mile trail to Kaaterskill Falls. This
double falls was one of the first scenic destinations in the
U.S. and was a favorite of the
Hudson River School group of painters.
Go to the back of the parking area
for a great view of Kaaterskill Clove (BONE View).
Kaaterskill Clove View from NY
23A Parking Area
Continue on Route 23A through the
towns of Tannersville and Hunter. If you have time, consider the
short detour to North-South State Park and the site of the old
Catskill Mountain House (BONE View). This famous
hotel was a big deal in its day and had a commanding view of the
Hudson Valley. Kaaterskill Falls can also be accessed through
Catskill Mountain House View
Continue west on NY 23A and then
take a left on NY Route 214 (BONE Road) and follow it to
Phoenicia. This great road passes the pond at Devil's Tombstone
and snakes through
Stony Clove Notch. There is a series of great curves
as you approach Phoenicia - great ride!
NY Route 214
After gassing up at the Valero in
Phoenicia, leave westbound on NY Route 28 and then turn left pn
Frost Valley Road (Oliviera Rd/CR 47). This amazing road is one
of the best in the Northeast (BONE Road). This is 20 miles of
great curves through forest, along a river, past farms, with
good pavement - riding Nirvana!
Frost Valley Road
Turn right onto Hunter Road and
enjoy a peaceful alpine view.
After relaxing on Hunter Road, get
ready for one more series of curves. The ride along Willowemoc
Road & Debruce Road (BONE Roads) is a delight as you descent
down to Route 17.
Turn left on Route 17 and continue
for a few miles to Liberty.
For those staying over in
Liberty, NY, a decent hotel is the Day's
A good dinner choice in
Liberty is the Yiasou
A place easier to walk to with cocktails is Mr.
G's Grille. Try breakfast at the Liberty