As of 2012, the Dutchess Rail Trail is nearly complete, extending between Morgan Lake in Poughkeepsie and the restored Hopewell Depot in Hopewell Junction. Currently, the trail is in two segments: A 2.4-mile segment runs between Overocker Road in Poughkeepsie and Morgan Lake, while another 8 miles runs between Railroad Avenue (at the Hopewell Depot) and County Road 49 (Old Manchester Road) just behind Page Hardware & Lumber in LaGrange. Yet to be built is a bridge over SR 55 (Manchester Road) and the rest of the trail to link at Overocker Road. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012.
At the southern end of the trail, the Hopewell Depot is worth a visit., with a small photo gallery and plenty of information about the trail as well as area attractions.
Parking and Trail Access
To access the Dutchess Rail-Trail you can park at the following locations:
Overocker Road: If you're heading east on Rt. 44/55 from the Mid-Hudson Bridge, bear left where the routes split. Proceed 0.6 mile on Rt. 44 to Peckham Rd and turn right. Continue 0.2 mile to Overocker Rd. and turn right; parking is on the left.
If you're heading west on Rt. 44 from the Taconic State Parkway, continue on Rt. 44 for 8.5 miles to Peckham Rd.; turn left and continue 0.2 mile to Overocker Rd.; turn right and parking is on the left.
Creek Road: From the intersection of Pendell Rd. and Creek Rd. (Dutchess Community College Campus) travel South 0.5 mile; parking is on the right by Morgan Lake.
A new parking lot with 100 spaces is being built on Van Wyck Lane in East Fishkill, just south of the Dutchess Rail Trail bridge crossing over Route 376.
DRT phase 4
Phase 4 construction is now underway. This final phase of the rail trail encompasses more than just the new 900 foot 5 span bridge over SR 55,as I found out when I was at Old Manchester Rd.,behind Page Lumber,recently. Near the above location,just 500 ...
Wonderful Family Trail
Took my two nieces who are new to bicycling on this trail and we had a great time!!! Beautifully paved and wonderfully maintained bike trail!
DRT link trail
A special thanks to NY Senator Charles Schumer (D) for negotiating the deal with CSX for acquisition of the CSX ROW property in the city of Poughkeepsie by the Walkway organization - the 'friends" of the Walkway.I had read that originaly CSX had wanted ...