Sunday, May 21, 2023

Let’s explore the Catskills in a completely new way! By pedal cars! What’s a pedal car or rail explorer?

What is a Rail Explorer?

A rail explorer is a pedal powered vehicle that rides on railroad tracks. They have 4 steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. Although the rail explorers require pedalling, the magic of steel wheels on steel rails makes the experience very different from riding a regular bicycle. There is no need to carefully watch the road ahead, there is no need to steer and riding is hands free – making it easy to take photographs and video as you roll along. Choose either the Tandem Rail Explorer (2 seats) or Quad Rail Explorer (4 seats) for your ride.

Pedal powered rail vehicles date back to at least the 1850’s, when maintenance workers used hand-cars and ‘rail bikes’ to travel along the tracks. They were used to transport crew and materials for track inspection and repairs. Today, there are a variety of designs in use around the world: the ‘Draisine’ of Europe; ‘rail bikes’ with aluminum frames and rubber wheels; and modified road bikes with an outrigger wheel.

Our custom built explorers are the latest development of this technology, and are the global leader in safety, design and ease of operation.

After our tour, we will head out for a short hike, followed by a stop for a late lunch at Bread Alone!

What’s included:

  • NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
  • Transportation to and from NYC
  • 2.5-hour Catskill Rail Explorers tour and post-tour hike

Level: Active (Learn More)

Mileage: ~ 3 miles (hike)

Elevation Gain: ~ 750 feet

Group Size: 2 - 8 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:00 am

Departure Time: 6:15 am

Return Time: Approximately 6:30 pm



  • Closed-toe athletic shoes
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Padded bike shorts (optional, but recommended)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least two (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)