"Tannersville, New York, is a very popular winter vacation and weekend destination for New York City metropolitan area ski enthusiasts. In the height of ski season, the town is bustling with tourists and seasonal labor. In spring, summer and fall the town’s quaint streets and business establishments are virtually empty. I visited this trail on a beautiful Easter Sunday and encountered only three other trail users along the 2.7-mile route.
The trail’s dry, hard, and flat surface is ideally suited for bicycles or foot traffic of any sort. Wooden bridges are in position over all water crossings and protective fences have been strategically placed in areas to prevent trail users from falling down steep embankments. There is one street crossing along the entire route (South Main Street).
Primary views consist of wooded areas, several streams, a golf course, residential Tannersville, and a lake open to local residents in the summer for swimming. Interestingly, there is a New York City Department of Environmental Protection water treatment plant along the route as well. My assumption is that Tannersville is located near a primary source of water for the City.
The best place to park is at Rip Van Winkle Lake, on Lake Road off of South Main Street. During the summer months rest room facilities and a concession stand are available for public use; the trail cuts right through a picnic area adjoining this lake.
This is a wonderful trail to experience if you’re visiting the Catskill Mountains area of New York State.