What better way than exploring one of the many Central New York highways and byways than on your bike? We narrowed it down to three different roadways where you can take your sightseeing travels – especially once the fall foliage starts to emerge.
Scenic Route 20, otherwise known as “America’s Main Street,” is the perfect route for your tour of the region. This route gives you a vast amount of little main streets to visit along the way – spread out from Sharon Springs to Cazenovia. Along this route, some stops to consider are Fetterley Forest Conservation Area, Dyn’s Cider Mill, the roadside Tepee, Chittenango Falls, Meier’s Creek Brewing Co., Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co. or Owera Vineyards.
You can also veer off Route 20 head down Route 28. Route 28 will bring you along Canadarago Lake and right into the famous Cooperstown. Before you get to Cooperstown, make sure to stop by Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard for some fall-themed homemade goodies and drinks. While in Cooperstown, stop by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Grab a bite to eat at Mel’s at 22, Danny’s Main Street Market, or sip a brew at scenic Brewery Ommegang.
After your stop in Cooperstown, take a detour on Route 80, which takes you along the picturesque Otsego Lake.
Get right back onto Route 20 once your trip up Otsego Lake is over and head east down the highway to Schoharie County. These endless country roads will give you some of the best scenic views within the region.
Once the leaves start to change, you are surrounded by some unimaginable views of fall foliage. While exploring the county, make sure to stop at Gilboa Dam (one of upstate NY’s largest dams). From here make sure to have your eyes peeled for the Blenheim-Gilboa Project, New York Power Authority Park. Don’t forget to check out the Blenheim Covered Bridge for a history lesson and spectacular views.