Shawangunk, Walden, and Wallkill Rail Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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).

Reviews

great while it lasted

   November, 2013 by jdorskymd

This is a beautiful, well maintained rail trail ideal for a short bike ride. To begin in Walden drivers are directed to park in an area a few blocks away in Woosters Memorial Grove Park. Once biking on the trail we passed several nicely wooded streams ...read more

wallkill to walden trail

   September, 2012 by trapezi12

excellent paved trail 2.8 miles connecting walden and wallkill. through forest and fields. a little uphill from wallkill to walden. best to start at wallkill and do round trip. entrance at walden is a little convoluted. hope its made longer soon. read more

Surprised

   November, 2009 by reverendjim

I have been looking for trails to walk with my daughter and found this trail because it was close to her house. I read that the trail was still unpaved and was reluctant to walk it due to some physical problems. I mapped out where to park (via Google ...read more