breakfast and hike the River-to-Ridge trail
The River-to-Ridge Trail (R2R), located at the foot of the village of New Paltz, is a free ribbon of paradise for the public just steps from local restaurants, shops and historic sites. The Off-Road Loop, created with support from the Open Space Institute (OSI) in partnership with the Mohonk Reserve, offers walkers, joggers, cyclists of all ages and skills a chance to cross acorn-corn stalks in gold backed by the sublime curves of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge.
Visitors can park on the free municipal lot next to historic Huguenot Street or Plattekill Avenue and refuel with breakfast or lunch, and browse local shops and galleries before or after the hike without get caught up in the often heavy buildup of westward traffic from the Wallkills. Another advantage of the grounds in town over the official trailhead is that you are more likely to find parking.