Corkscrew Rail Trail

New York

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Corkscrew Rail Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Columbia, Rensselaer
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Knapps Road, west of Route 22 and just south of Wyomanock Road
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8590192
Trail activities: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Corkscrew Rail Trail Description

The first section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail opened in June 2015. It begins at Knapp Road in Stephentown and heads south under a shady tree canopy towards New Lebanon, near the New York/Massachusetts border.

The natural surface rail-trail follows the route of the Rutland Railroad, which carried freight and passengers until 1952. This section of tracks was nicknamed “The Corkscrew” because of its tight turns between hills.

Future plans call for continuing the trail north into Petersburg and the Cherry Plain State Park.

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Corkscrew Rail Trail Reviews

When I rode it in September 2016, it stopped a short way into the town of New Lebanon, dead-ending before it reached the village. It's a nice ride as far as it goes. Hopefully it's now as long as the map says it is.

I parked along the road on the Knapps road end. The trail was unpaved but fairly flat. There was one small section that dipped down and back up. I had to stop and turn back when the trail met a rather large stream. It was mid April and a lot of water was flowing. I couldn't see a way across. Maybe after spring it is easier to cross?

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