by Alan Scherl, The Record, link to original post
The starting point of this scenic 29-mile West Point-Cold Spring loop ride begins and ends near the Thayer Hotel and the Buffalo Soldiers Field at the corners of Swift and Knox Roads in West Point, N.Y. The hotel, built in 1926, was initiated under a campus expansion plan initiated by General Douglas MacArthur, superintendent of West Point at the time. You will need a photo ID to enter West Point. Enjoy the ride.
At the 4 1/2-mile mark, you will be riding past the Fort Montgomery Historic Site. It was built by the Patriots in 1777 and was outfitted with cannon batteries to protect the Hudson from advancing British ships. In October of that year, British troops attacked from land and quickly overran the fort.
A short distance later, you will be crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge to the east side of the Hudson River. At the time of its completion in 1924, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge was privately operated until it was turned over to New York State in 1940. The oldest section of the Appalachian Trail crosses the river here.
Thirteen miles into the ride, stop at Boscobel Restoration. This Federal-style mansion was completed in 1808 by descendants of a Dutch family whose American roots date to New Amsterdam. In 1955, the house was scheduled for demolition, but a group came in at the last minute and purchased it, dismantled it and moved it to the present site overlooking the Hudson in Garrison. The house has extensive grounds, formal gardens and is the site of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, which runs from June to September.
One mile later, turn onto Main Street in Cold Spring. This town is known for its many antique shops and cafes. At the base of Main Street you will find the original train station, now a restaurant, and eateries where you can stop for lunch.
When ready, cross over the tracks and make your final stop at the riverfront before heading back. To the south is Constitution Island and West Point. Across the river is the imposing Storm King Mountain. Looking north, you can see Breakneck Mountain and Bannerman’s Island.
Follow the cue sheet back to West Point, where you can take an optional three-mile roundtrip up scenic Thayer Road to Trophy Point, passing the Library, Doubleday Field, The Plain and the Kosciusko Monument.
For a cue sheet of this route, log on to: btcnj.com/cuesheets/ westpointcoldspring.html