O & W Rail Trail

New York

O & W Rail Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Sullivan
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: Greenfield Rd at Green Ave. (Woodridge) to Railroad Ave. (Mountaindale) and CR 104 (Hurleyville) to Main St./Rt 43/Forestburgh Rd. (South Fallsburg)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032394
Trail activities: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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O & W Rail Trail Description

Three segments of the O&W Rail-Trail are open to the public within the Town of Fallsburg: Mountaindale to Woodridge, 2.7 miles; Woodridge toward South Fallsburg, 1.8 miles; South Fallsburg to Hurleyville), 3 miles. When complete, the trail will stretch 25 miles between the D&H Linear Park in Summitville to downtown Liberty.

The Ontario & Western Railroad (O&W) opened the Scranton Division in 1888 and operated the line through northern Wayne County, into New York State at Hancock, until 1957. A major carrier of anthracite coal, the O&W was also an important carrier of milk and dairy products, as well as urban tourists seeking the fresh air of resorts and farm house boarding.

Parking and Trail Access

In South Fallsburg park by a small playground at Railroad Plaza and Griff Court. The trailhead is up Railroad Plaza behind an enclosed basketball court on the left (along Water St.). In Hurleyville, park near the post office along CR 104.

For the Woodridge-Mountaindale segment, park at the intersection of Green Avenue and Greenfield Road in Woodridge. In Mountaindale, park by the old Mountaindale Train Station, now a visitor center with restrooms, and head past the parking lot and you'll come to a sign board for the Mountaindale O & W Linear Park.

O & W Rail Trail Reviews

I walked this trail on 9/5/2016 from Hurleyville, NY. I like walking 5K so I did not walk the whole trail. The part I walked had a lot of scenery walking along two lakes and through a cut in the mountain. The roadway was hard gravel with some water in the cut when I was there. About one mile from Hurleyville you do have to walk across a road to the roadbed.

Did this trail on 7/23/16 - started at Mountaindale - trail is on a 1-2% grade up - easy ride - dry - once in Woodridge, the trail is easy to find at the gazebo midway through town - when taking this portion to the Avon Lodge Road, the trail is a bit obscure and branches off to the right - if you go straight, it is pretty sandy and appears to be a private road that dead ends - overall a nice hour trip - will be nicer when it connects to South Fallsburg

I used to bike this trail and loved every minute of it. The trail is clean, smooth, and level, with tranquil shade and scenery all about. Plenty of places to stop and rest, and nice shops at the trail-end in Mountaindale. This morning, I walked the trail for the first time. It was exhilarating! I'll absolutely be returning on foot for more good starts to my days.

Accordion

The trail is unrideable. Segments are washed out to rubble. Others have trees down that make it unpassable. Others are chained off as "private property". It is very disappointing as it was a nice ride 10 years ago.

First, I would like to thank all the people that dedicated their time to make this trail available to and useable for us. Your efforts are very much appreciated and the pride in your endeavor shows.

With that said, this is a trail that I ride right from my front door. It is neatly groomed, clean and fairly easy for any level walker or mountain biker. With the Village of Woodridge about center of this trail, rest stops, shopping, food and drinks are readily available.

I like that this trail is mostly wooded, therefore shaded for those hot summer days. The entire 7+ mile ride is doable all at one time and there are many spots to stop/rest and take in the scenery.

I think this is a nice casual trail that most members of the family can ride or walk and with several road crossings, you can decide for yourself how far you want to go. Certainly worth a try, I bet you will come back for more.

Bill

I noticed that the other reviews are quite old and don't accurately reflect the current condition of the Town of Fallsburg O&W Rails to Trails. Several community groups have been working hard over the last few years to improve the Rail Trail. It is now better groomed and has been expanded so that it can be walked from the new Railway Station Visitor's Center in Mountaindale, NY to Woodridge, NY and a public road connects through the Village all the way to the Neversink River Gateway. Both ends have parking areas. 4 new Interpretitive Signs will be up by the end of this summer and a new trail map brochure is available at many locations. The trail is wide and clear, with a level terrain for super easy travel. There are several places where the vista is open to wonderful scenery and wildlife observation in meadows, woods and wetlands. It's worth a trip inside the beautifully landscaped Visitor's Center (clean restrooms) to see the unique collection of antique O&W Train photographs. Bicycles & Segways may be rented seasonally. Other parks, playgrounds & restaurants are nearby.

This is a rough trail to ride on in some places. From mountiandale to woodridge was somewhat easy and on a compact dirt and grass. The secenery was fair, passing over a small lake and some wooded places. The grade was low and easy pedeling. Once in woodridge, there is a small ride on the road that takes you to another trail head that leads up to the Neversink river. On this trail you need to stay to your right when the rail splits about 1/2 mile off the paved road. If you go to the left it will lead you to the bottom of the old Davos ski area. A different look but nothing much to see. Back on the trail it can get a little hairy with some patches of sand that can be a few inches deep. We had hybrid bikes that could get boged down easly. Once we got to the neversink river we decieded to ride the paved road back to the town of woodridge. On Saturdays, many if not all the stores are closed due to the high population of jewish people. So if your looking for some place to stop and eat, saturday might not be a good day to ride. I hope that one day they continue the trail over the river and into south fallsburg. I would not go out of my way to ride this trail. Ride a trail, write a review.
geoff m.

I believe this trail is only two miles long. I finished the ride down from Woodridge in 15 minutes. The ride back was longer because it's noticeably uphill. It's a nice trail but I wouldn't travel very far to do it. It's too short.

"This is a great trail that runs along side what used to be Silver Lake. Unfortunately Silver Lake's dam broke a few years back and it hasn't been repaired. The people that visit this trail fish in the surrounding ponds and streams. The only problem is that these people litter all over the place, despite the presence of garbage cans placed along the trail. Another problem is the maintenance of the trail in that area. Beavers dam culvert pipes that run under the trail and water overflows the trail making it a mud mess.

But all isn't negative. People regularly walk their dogs and many others enjoy walks at sunset. I really want to help keep this trail in good shape; after all I live between Mountaindale and Woodridge by the edge of this natural beauty."

"Unlike the heavily abused and poorly maintained Fallsburg Rail Trail from South Fallsburg to Hurleyville, this trail is worth repeating as often as your travels might take you to the Catskill region of NY.

The most unique characteristic you’ll note about this trail, and note it immediately, is its very wide right-of-way. Clearly the former railroad must have been double-tracked along the entire route this trail now occupies.

Ample parking is available at either trailhead. I parked at Kreiger Park in Woodridge and headed due east to Mountain Dale. There’s a very large municipal parking lot at the Mountain Dale trailhead should you desire to work from east to west instead.

Surface conditions along the entire trail were excellent. You’ll encounter a completely cleared and packed surface of crushed stone and small gravel; it’s a bicyclist’s dream come true. I noticed standing water only along one 20 foot long stretch. Unfortunately, there are four relatively busy street crossings along the route. Elevation change from west to east was about 75 feet down. Motorized vehicles are prohibited from the entire trail length and I noted no ATV or dirt bike tire tracks.

The trail passes through the most picturesque of settings I’d encountered in a while. I enjoyed watching serene wetlands, a lake, distant mountaintops, and even a waterfall from the corners of my eyes as I rode along.

There are no services nearby to the Woodridge trailhead with the exception of public restroom facilities in Kreiger Park. The Mountain Dale trailhead is located adjacent to a main shopping district. I noticed a delicatessen and two restaurants within a five-minute walk from the trailhead.

Please consider adding this trail to your “worth visiting at least once” list."

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