Over 300 square miles would be tough for anyone to navigate properly. New York City is a concrete and pavement jungle. Luckily, you have a GOTRAX to help you traverse this urban landscape for commuting or just a quick trip to the corner store. In your spare time though, take advantage of having a foldable, rechargeable electric scooter to explore with. This state has more to offer than just The Big Apple though, here are our favorite places to ride in New York.
5. The East River Greenway, New York City, NY.
A beautiful greenway in an otherwise dull gray cityscape. Get wonderful views of the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts while riding along this 10 mile path that can take you from Battery Park to Harlem. While riding you may pass the United Nations Plaza where dignitaries from all over the globe will meet or the Williamsburg Bridge which thousands of commuters ride across everyday. However, the park itself is devoid of cars but be respectful to other riders and pedestrians especially at the 15th Street bottleneck that can make it a tight fit for people going opposite directions.
4. Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY.
Often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East", this natural wonder filled park has over 60 miles of trails. Enjoy plenty of breath-taking views and don't miss out on some of the gorgeous waterfalls located in the park. Letchworth also has a carry-in, carry-out policy for trash, don't leave anything behind and take only photos. While your not riding on electric scooter be sure to enjoy some of the other activities available in the area from whitewater rafting to hot-air ballon rides you'll need to make a full weekend trip to experience all Letchworth has to offer.
3. Hudson River Valley.
Not technically a park, but a National Heritage Area. This Valley stretches for over 150 miles from Albany to New York City with countless trails, paths and intersecting roads. Flooded with shades of orange, yellow, and red during the fall, it is a true spectacle of nature to behold. The Hudson River helped the U.S. before it was the U.S. during the Revolutionary War so be sure to stop by some of the historical sites and museums while you are there.
2. Minnewaska State Park Reserve, Ulster County, NY.
This gorgeous park is only an hour and half drive from NYC that offers an easy escape from city skylines and rush hour traffic. Inside the Reserve is Samuel F Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground that is more for a minimal style of camping. It is tent only so don't expect any RV's or pop ups with 24 drive-in spots and 26 walk-in spots, space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot in advance. When not riding around or hiking some of the steeper, rockier trails the park also allows bouldering/rock climbing and even scuba diving.
1. Central Park, New York City, NY.
Despite being the fifth largest park in New York City, it is certainly the most famous thanks to over 40 Million visitors annually. This 843 acre National Historic Landmark is right in the heart of Manhattan. Since its creation the park has had many ups and downs especially during the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to industrialization, pollution, and lack of repair. However, the park is much different today. It acts as a pond of green surrounded skyscrapers. Several of the paths and buildings within the park are being completely renovated and will soon reopen to the public. NYC has plenty to offer electric scooter and e-bike riders but no trip there would be complete without at least riding through Central Park.