Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

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The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail extends more than 20 miles between Kingston and Gardiner along the route of the old Wallkill Valley Railroad, which, in the late 1800s, carried produce from Ulster County farms to New York City, as well as passengers through the Hudson Valley.

The northern section of the trail, stretching 11.5 miles from the Town of Ulster (near the Kingston city line) to Rosendale, opened in June 2013. In Rosendale, you will come to the trail's most stunning attraction, the Rosendale Trestle, which stands 150 feet above Rondout Creek. The newly restored 940-foot-long bridge is more than 100 years old.

As you continue south, you'll enjoy the surrounding views of hillsides, wetlands, forests and fields. Just after you cross Springtown Road, you'll see another fine example of a steel-truss bridge over placid Wallkill River. South of the bridge, a viewing platform with benches off of the trail encourages enjoyment of the wetland wildlife.

For almost 0.25 mile between Plains Road and Broadhead Avenue in New Paltz, the trail is asphalt. In New Paltz, the trail is adjacent to Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District. At the intersection of the trail and Main Street in New Paltz, a great restaurant occupies the restored former train station. There are shops and additional eateries in New Paltz to tempt trail users.

South of New Paltz, the trail surface returns to gravel and is a little rougher, but before you leave the outskirts of New Paltz, the trail gives you direct access to the Wallkill. The thick tree stand and cool water offer a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. Much of the next 5 miles pass through agricultural landscape and wetlands. The hedges lining the trail can grow high and thick, but every now and then a view of a small farm or field opens up. The trail ends suddenly at Denniston Road at the Gardiner and Shawangunk town line, but it's more convenient to load bikes in the hamlet of Gardiner, which has parking and an excellent ice cream shop on the trail as well.

Future plans call for extending the trail south to the Village of Walden in Orange County.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail in Rosendale: Travel west on Route 213 (Main Street) and drive under the trestle. Immediately after the trestle you will see Binnewater Road; make a right. Travel a quarter-mile north on Binnewater Road and you will see the Binnewater Kiln parking lot on your left; park and cross the road to access the rail-trail.

To reach the Gardiner trailhead: Take the New Paltz exit off I-87 (New York State Thruway). Turn left on State Route 299/Main Street. In New Paltz, turn left on to State Route 208. Follow this to the intersection of Highway 44/State Route 55 and turn right. Now on Main Street head west into downtown Gardiner, then turn right on 2nd Street. Parking is on the left.

Reviews

binnewater kiln trailhead and south

   September, 2014 by nicksdad

I RODE PART OF THIS TRAIL IN JUNE OF 2014.I STARTED AT BINNEWATER KILN WHICH WAS QUITE INTERESTING TO SEE.{GOOGLE BINNEWATER KILN HISTORIC DISTRICT FOR MORE INFO ON THIS AREA.}AT THE START YOU WILL SEE PILES OF THE WOODEN TIES PILED UP ON THE SIDE OF ...read more

osborn2ride

   June, 2014 by laretha

This trail is really two trails, the first 12 miles have mile markers every half mile and at each cross road there is a sign that has the name of the road and a map showing you the other cross roads and amount of miles, this is a very nice touch. This ...read more

Static on the Rosendale trestle: Cool!!!

   November, 2013 by patricks bike

Had to check out the 'new' bike path over the Rondout creek. And I really wanted to do it before they "fixed" the static electicity issue with the bridge. Well, the fix is in the works....it's just going to take time to dissipate(at least that's what ...read more