Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
The good news is that you don’t have to travel far to find good bike trails near Vassar (the kind with biker-built ramps/jumps/hair-raising turns/etc.); the bad news is that bikes from Vassar’s shared bike program turned out to be better on the road than the trails. Word to the wise: wear a helmet if you plan on returning to campus in one piece! Otherwise, you might want to stick to the hiking trails instead. (Ummm–definitely do a tick check when you come back.)
The Vassar Farm, located across Hooker Avenue from the campus, is an over 500-acre tract of land (that’s really big!) used for sports events (mainly rugby), hiking, biking, and a popular program called the Poughkeepsie Farm Project that allows members to pick their own farm-grown fruits and vegetables. If you can’t get a membership, try to make friends with someone who has one and then convince them to let you try their strawberries!