Shawangunk, Walden, and Wallkill Rail Trail is built on a railroad right-of-way that was abandoned by Conrail in the late 1970s. Conrail and its predecessors, Penn Central, New York Central, and The Wallkill Valley Railway, provided service to farmers along the route from Montgomery to Kingston by transporting their goods to wholesale markets in New York City.
The rail-trail is currently open in two disconnected sections. The longer, southern section is paved and stretches about 3 miles from Woodruff Street in Walden to Route 208 in Wallkill.
A shorter section begins in Wallkill and heads north for just under 2 miles. It remains unpaved and favored by mountain bikers and horseback riders. From its northern end, trail users may connect to the scenic Wallkill Valley Rail-Trail by taking an on-road route to Denniston Road, where it begins.
Major highways convenient to trailheads are the NY State Thruway, Interstate Route 84, and NY State routes 208, 52, and 17K.
The Village of Walden provides parking for rail-trail users at Wooster Grove Park on East Main St. (State Route 52).