The D&H Canal Linear Park is 45 acres with a trail situated along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, dry dock and waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. Interpretive signs are located in the park to assist the visitor identify the various canal structures. The trail is ideal for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, nature watching and fishing. Picnic tables and grills along with porta-johns are available at both accesses. The Bova Road access has a group picnic pavilion (fee).
The trail occupies an abandoned right-of-way of the former New York, Ontario, and Western Railway Main Line through eastern Sullivan County, NY. The trail surface is unimproved and not maintained, making it rough going in places. The trail is heavily used by ORVs, so be warned if you're travel by bike or on foot. For this reason, pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright clothing and proceed with caution when using the trail.
One segment of the trail between Firehouse Road at US 209 north to Herlings Road in Phillipsport is privately owned. You can bridge that portion at the Bova Road access by taking Ministers Flats Road to Phillipsport Road to Herling Road.
Parking and Trail Access
Two accesses are open at this time, both located off Route 209. Hornbeck's basin access is located 1/2 mile north of Wurtsboro; the Bova Road access is located 4.5 miles north of Wurtsboro between the Hamlets of Summitville and Phillipsport. The second Trail Website provides a map of the trail.
Hornbeck Basin Access to Rte 209 Summitville & return
Trail is in excellent shape. All bridges are intact and no downed trees block the way. The trail is perfectly level and should be enjoyed by people of all physical abilities. Go! Take a walk!
"The rail trail that runs paralell to the tow path from Summitville to Ferguson ln. has been purchased by the NT/NJ trail conference (according to the March/April issue of the ""Trail Walker""). The rail trail is now open to the public."
Bridges Have Been Fixed!
"Sullivan County Department of Public Works has been hard at work, and the bridges between McDonald Rd. and Summitville have been repaired."