These three contiguous trailsthe Raymond G. Esposito Memorial Trail, Old Erie Path
and Joseph B. Clark Trail
occupy the former right-of-way of the Erie Railroad's Nyack and Piermont Branch. Each trail is fairly short but taken together they make for a wonderful experience along the banks of the Hudson River.
The Raymond G. Esposito Memorial Trail in South Nyack, named for a late mayor of this village, is a 1-mile-long, gravel trail through several neighborhoods on the Hudson River. From its start in a community park, the rail-trail heads south, occasionally high above some of the neighborhoods it passes. Extensive stairways on the steep slopes have been constructed to connect residents with the rail-trail.
The trail runs parallel to South Franklin Street crossing Brookside and Clinton avenues. These are low-traffic-volume residential roads, but trail users should stop at each intersection before proceeding. The trail crosses over the New York State Thruway on the original railroad bridge, redecked for trail use. By the time you touch down on the far side of the highway, at South Broadway Avenue, the Esposito Trail ends and the Old Erie Path begins
To reach the northern trailhead in South Nyack from the New York State Thruway (Interstates 87 and 287), take Exit 11. Southbound traffic will be on New York Route 59, Main Street. (Thruway traffic northbound will exit onto High Avenue). Turn right on North Highland Avenue, and then turn left onto Main Street. From Main Street in South Nyack turn right on South Franklin Street. The trail begins in the park at the corner of South Franklin Street and Cedar Hill Avenue. Only on-street parking is available.