Trails >> Lundy Estate
Lundy Estate -
Once a private estate, the 5,400-acre Catskill property (comprised of nearly one hundred separate land parcels) was previously owned by New York City restaurateur Frederick W.I. Lundy. Lundy’s Restaurant attracted generations of hungry diners to the sprawling 2,800-seat seafood emporium in Brooklyn from 1934 to 1979. His upstate property is now part of the Sundown Wild Forest Preserve.
A mixture of deciduous and conifer forest tossed in with some old fields makes up the Lundy trail system. Both the Vernooy Kill and the West branch of the Vernooy Kill intersect the trail system in multiple places.
The trails consist of old double track and some new single track. Lots of rocks, roots and stream crossings make it challenging but mostly ride-able. Expect some long technical climbs, rolling single track and beautiful cruising alongside babbling brooks. The Lundy Estate is remote wilderness, so be prepared to be self-sufficient on your ride and consider riding with a friend. Cell phone signals are intermittent at best. By using the different access points you can tailor a ride to meet your needs. The Lundy Road parking area provides access to a shorter less technical ride. Use the Cutler Road parking area for access to the entire trail system. A good 3 to 4 hour ride is easily possible.
Directions: Lundy DEC gate at Cutler Road (From Kingston):
Take 209 south to 55 West (towards Grahamsville) go 2 miles and turn Right on Cutler Rd (Shady Acres trailer park). Follow Cutler Rd down to the bottom of the hill to the DEC gate for parking. (please note that Cutler Rd becomes quite rough on the way down the hill. If you have a vehicle with low ground clearance go slow or park on the left side of the road at the top hill.)
To Lundy Rd Entrance (From Kingston):
Take 209 S to Lundy Rd (across from B&K Tile in Naponoch, just before the Wawarsing Post Office) make a right You can park at 2 locations: 3.9 or 4.0 miles up Lundy Rd. Both are on the left side. The parking area at 3.9 miles has room for a number of cars and the 4.0 mile has room for 2 vehicles. (If you get to the gate and bridge crossing for the private Estate House, you've gone a little too far).
To enter the trail system you have to cross the Vernooy Kill at the 4.0 mile parking area. There is a large deadfall laying in the stream which you walk over and the trails start there.