Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

New York

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Ulster
Length: 21.2 miles
Trail end points: Denniston Rd. (south of Gardiner) and Route 32 and Rockwell Lane (Town of Ulster)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032011
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Description

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.

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Reviews

My friend and I rode from New Paltz to Gardiner. Trail is very rough; dirt, large gravel (not crushed limestone), rocks and quite a bit of mud. We did it on hybrids and were not comfortable. But the scenery is spectacular, and New Paltz is a great town to shop and have lunch. But a mountain bike, preferably with suspension, would have been much better. Towns along trail need to do some maintenance.

My friends and I rode this trail in early June from New Paltz to Kingston. The greens were striking. There are some scenic bridge crossings, caves, and remnants from cement mining that was done in the area. The Rail Trail Cafe is located along the trail, serving Brazilian food and brick oven pizza, with vegan and gluten-free options. If you're going to stop, bring your bug spray.
It is very flat with the exception of a couple of hills at road crossings. The surface is bumpy so a hybrid or mountain bike is best. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow.
If you need to rent a bike, the Bicycle Depot is right next to the trail. The staff is friendly and the bikes are good quality at a great price. We were allowed to park in their parking lot because my friend rented a bike there.

Rode this trail on 5/28/17. Started at the Binnewater Kiln parking lot, rode south to where the bridge is currently out near Springtown road, then reversed and rode to the trail end in Kingston and back. Trail is hard pack dirt, fairly well maintained, with some sections that were muddy where you have to be careful...in my opinion not a road bike trail. There are some nice sections alongside farms, one really nice bridge in Rosendale, and the trail overall is very rural, lots of deep woods sections. There's even a trailside snack bar at one point. Keep on the lookout for an extension, now in progress, that will run from New Paltz to the adjacent Shawangunk mountains. Plus hopefully they get the bridge fixed soon.

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I drove to Kingston to start the trail there! It was an amazing ride! Mountain bike ride for sure, nothing is paved and there are cross roads but there scenery is awesome! The caves are excellent with the exceptional cold air needed on a ride on a very hot day! I road all the way to to the Gardiner end through New Paltz and back 42 miles to be exact! I can't say enough about this great ride. There are plenty of places to stop along the way for food and water! Just bring your own and enjoy the ride!

We took this from new paltz north to Kingston. A little rough and a little muddy, our hybrids were necessary. The best part - and quite amazing - was the cold cold air comng out of caves and chilling us on a 95 degree day! New Paltz is a great place to tool around as well, colonial district and great little downtown with a hippie vibe.

I did entire trail on 7/6/2016. Trail is very nice with many spots to stop along the way to eat and visit. I did trail from south trial head to Kingston, Ny. Trail was a little soft so I did get a little muddy, but worth it. Views where awesome. Also a bonus for mountain bikers, you can get of and ride some good trials through the Mohawk Mountain Range. You will get a COOL treat when you pass by the ice caves. Air tempeture drops like 30 degrees. Nothing like I have ever seen or felt before. Enjoy riders.

We rode the trail from Rosendale to the south tip and back in July 2016. It's a flat, shady, gravel trail that was easy to navigate. Although you can start up in Kingston, we parked at the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot and biked south. Leave around lunchtime and you can enjoy views at the Trestle before a nice meal and music at a trailside cafe. Don't be surprised to see deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and other wildlife on your journey. About 8 more miles of gravel (as long as it hasn't rained much) and shade brings you to the college town of New Paltz where there are lots of shops and options for an early dinner. From there you can carry on to Gardiner, which is about 6 miles south. It's a small town but there are cafe and pizza options. The trail extends for about a mile or so south of Gardiner. The gravel gives way to narrow trails admist grass and horse droppings, but it's worth the sense of accomplishment you get when you do reach the end. Some tips: 1. Pack bug spray and extra water if it's a hot day; 2. pay attention at road crossings; 3. beware of mud if there was rain recently; 4. the cafe in Rosendale accepts cash only; 5. Mountain bikes and hybrids are fine, but I wouldn't recommend a road bike with thin tires due to the gravel. Download the official WVRT map to see where parking options are available: http://goo.gl/xVnBfG

My 12-year-old daughter and I wanted to take a Rails to Trails bike ride together and then stay overnight in a local hotel--just a mini-getaway. We wanted something pretty long and scenic without a high physical impact or a need for any detailed navigational effort (as neither of us has much of a directional sense), and this trail REALLY fit the bill. There were a good number of road crossings, and that's the only negative--I like to just get on a trail and go, and the frequent need to stop and look both ways wasn't ideal. But there were certainly stretches without that, and it was a gorgeous, well-maintained trail with stunning bridges and views. We even got close to someone's chickens and, guess what, a fox! After the ride, we checked into our hotel in Kingston, went out for Oaxacan food and then back to the hotel to crash. Great ride!

I went biking on this Trail in September on a suggestion from a friend and had the most visually stunning and pleasantly surprising time. I ran into a delicious cafe (Rosendale Railtrail Cafe) about a mile from the trestle bridge that had live music that evening and delicious organic food and drinks! WHAT A TREAT! I have since returned by myself and with friends. It has now become a great destination to go grab a coffee, see some music and a motivation to get me on my bike and go for a ride. Head south on the path to see great industrial ruins and be delighted by the delicious food about a mile from the trestle on your right.

I'm a rail trail enthusiast. They perfectly combine my love of history, trains and bicycling. This trail is one of the best. It's long (over 20 miles each way), well cared for and visually rich, especially in the fall. I recommend doing the entire trail, but a comfortable mountain bike with wide tires will make the ride more enjoyable, especially for the southern part of the trail. The surrounding area offers a ton of pleasure. I love this trail and will return again and again.

Bicycled it. It's a nice trail. Paved in New Paltz, dirt elsewhere. A couple of puddles on the south end. Possibly might get lengthened to include the Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail (same railroad) if the prison can be persuaded to allow the trail through their property to be developed. Needs a better trailhead on the north end. More parking, kiosk, etc. Either that, or develop the trail into Kingston itself (problematic: there is a police facility and several residence built on the railbed).

Thank you TrailLink for turning me on to this ride! I rode late Friday afternoon, between Rosendale and New Paltz. Loved it. Beautifully maintained dirt trail perfect for mountain bikes. Very few people. The views are spectacular from the Rosendale Trestle and the bridge over the Wallkill river. There is a tree canopy shading almost the entire trail. You pass by beautiful scenic farm country, with the Shawangunks to the west. Next time, I will try the full 20 mile route round trip. I highly recommend a cute cafe right off the trail just south of the Rosendale Trestle. Fantastic pizza made in a huge home made pizza oven. Lovely owners who use all farm-fresh ingredients. Open Friday night and weekends. And there is a bike rental spot there too. Here is the web site: http://www.railtrailcaferosendale.com/

I ride this with some regularity, sometimes as part of a longer loop that covers the surrounding area, other times for shorter jaunts between Rosendale and Gardiner. Be wary however, all skill levels use this trail and not everyone is courteous or aware enough to make room for others.

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 THE TRAIL,THE TRAIL IS LOOSE PACK CINDER FILL WITH SOME AREAS OF LOSE ROCK\GRAVEL FILL .YOU WILL NEED 1.5 TO 1.75 TIRES FOR THIS RIDE.THE VIEWS ON THE ROSENDALE TRESTLE WERE GREAT,ALONG THE WAY YOU WILL COME TO A CAFE ,YES, A CAFE. SOME PERSON OPENED AN OUTDOOR CAFE COMPLETE WITH A KILN STYLE BBQ, WATER REFILLS AND A BIKE PUMP ARE FREE FOR THOSE IN NEED.I CONTINUED MY RIDE ABOUT ANOTHER 8 MILES PAST THAT POINT INTERSECTING WITH CROSS ROADS EVERY MILE OR 2.THE TRAIL IS ADJACENT TO HOUSES AND SOME FARMS THERE WERE ALSO HORSES ON THE TRAIL WHO DO NEED A WIDE BERTH AS MOST ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH BICYCLES.IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND THE DAY.

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 part of the trail is well used, lots of walkers, joggers and bikers.
The upper 9 + miles are a little more primitive but the Rosedale Trestle makes it all worth the effort. I was some what taken back by the poor surface as it has deteriorated and is only a few years old. Up past the trestle there are a number of historical markers telling about the Cement and Limestone Industry. If you do this trail the make sure that you do the Trestle as it has a great view of the valley below. Oh by the way if you just want to do the trestle the address is 726 Binnewater Lane Kingston NY.
I did this on a very old Mt Bike with a town and country tire and had no problems, it did rain the night before and there was some standing water but no mud to speak of.
In closing it is to bad that one farmer at Denniston rd has keep ed the Shawangunk & Walden trail from connecting to the Wallkill trail.
Oh by the way I never give out one star or five stars but I would give this trail a four and a half.

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 the signs say). But if you go now, you can still catch it. It's very subtle, at this point, less than anything you've experienced between you, your carpet, and that door knob. But it's cool notheless if you watch for it.

One of our favorite trails for the length and the beautiful ride. Pathways are a little bumpy and the Gardiner sections are a little tough where the trail is mostly grass..especially in wet weather., but this is hands down worth it. Stop in New Paltz for lunch and walk around. What a terrific town. The bridge was closed when we were there in fall 2012, but now that the northern section of trail is open I can't wait to go back and ride Gardiner to Kingston!

An incredible experience, especially on a crisp Fall day. I will dare to say it: possibly better than Walkway O-T Hudson. Only one issue: parking at Fairview Ave is a joke! It's a very narrow road, signs are tucked away from view (until after you miss them), and it's just not worth the hassle trying to navigate and park there. Better bet: Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot.

• To access the trestle, you can park at the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot.
• Travel Route 213 west (through the Town of Rosendale if you coming from Route 32) and drive UNDER the trestle.
• Immediately after the trestle you will see Binnewater Road, make a RIGHT.
• Travel 1/4 a mile up Binnewater Road and you will see the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot on your left.
• Park and cross the road to access the rail trail and the trestle.

It was a drizzly, wet day but a terrific ride. I rode from town of Gardiner, through New Paltz, and up to the north end of the Rosendale trestle. About 26 miles round trip. Hybrid or mountain bike is a must. Views of the Gunks were great and the trestle was very cool. If the sun was out the ride would have been spectacular. Take a break for a snack in the cool town of New Paltz.

Nice ride last friday from gardiner to Breezy Hill Road and back but I had to peddle all the way. No problem though and the trail is really beautiful and fun. I'm going to do the other end tommorrow.

Many rail trails are 3-5 miles long. Thank you to all the dedicated people and organizations making this masterpiece possible. My goal yesterday was to ride from Denniston road (no parking here, although I did) to Rosendale, have lunch at the Rosendale cafe and return. After viewing this website I was under the impression the ride would be 11 miles one way. It was longer. I estimate 15 miles one way. I have a road bike so the trail was bumpy and I sure got the work out I desired, plus!
I recommend rock shox for this trail but if you have a road bike do part of it because it is awesome.
Next time I will park in gardinier, ride to New Paltz for lunch and return. Or, park in NP and ride further north than Rosendale. The new trestle there is amazing!

This is a terrific trail: the surface of packed dirt and gravel rides really well, the grade is almost totally flat, the views are excellent and most of the trail is shaded by trees. The bridge north of New Paltz and the trestle at Rosendale are terrific. There's some parking at the bottom of the hill near the trailhead at Rosendale and other parking at various spots along the way south. In response to the question from markhoughtaling about the portion north of Rosendale, it's quite scenic and goes for at least a couple of miles, but it's a bit hillier and the surface is a little rougher than the sections south of it. There is a parking lot on Binnewater Road (route 7) just north of town that abuts the trail just south of Breezy Hill Road.

What a surprise to find the trestle at Rosendale finished and open as of July 1, 2013.
At 150 above Rondout Creek, this 118 year old trestle has been recalled to life making a great end point to cyclists starting in Gardiner. Nice ride with great ice cream store in New Paltz for hot days!

I rode this trail this past weekend from the Binnewater Rd. parking area in Rosendale, south over the newly opened trestle, and on to New Paltz.

Apart from a few muddy sections, the trail was very easy riding on my hybrid bike -- and I am not a seasoned biker or very athletic.

There were some bikers and hikers, but for most of the way we had the trail to ourselves. This could have been because of the summer heat, although most of the trail is sheltered by the canopy, so was fairly cool.

The trail is mostly wooded, opening occasionally to scenic views of the ridge and open farmlands. The Rosendale trestle and Springtown(?) bridge over the Wallkill were also highlights.

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PS - If anyone can comment on the trail north of Rosendale tresle, I am interested in exploring in that direction. Is there a trailhead with parking in that section?

The views from the trail are pretty great. But I found that my hybrid could not handle all the rocks on the trails surface. I mean big rocks, Fist and dinner plate sized rocks that covered much of the trail. I would recommend only using the trail with a hybrid or mountain bike with front shocks, which my bike lacks. Otherwise a great trail.

I biked this trail for the first time today, although not the entire trail. I started in Gardiner and only got as far as the Plattekill Creek and then back to Gardiner, about 8.5 miles round trip. Mostly shaddy with a few sunny open fields with nice views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Very warm day and I didn't get an early start so didn't go as far as I would like. Next time I'd like to do the whole trail or at least through New Paltz. It was 90 degrees by the time I finished and way too hot for me. The trail is packed dirt and fairly well maintained. Some parts were a little rocky for my road tires but would be fine for off-road tires. Looking foward to trying it again but earlier in the day. It's not busy on a weekday.

We rode this trail for the first time on 4/21/12. We started in New Paltz and rode to Route 44 in Gardiner before heading back to New Paltz. It was a really nice ride. Passed a couple of small farms that you can see from trail. Also saw a couple of geese in yard along with their chicks. You can see the creek running through the woods as well. Just some nice sites to see.

The path is hard packed dirt and gravel. Very easy to ride with a hybrid bicycle. There were also some benches along the way if you want to just sit and relax.

This path is really well maintained. I didn't see any litter along the trail. We are planning on going back to this trail because it was just a great ride.

After not having been on this trail for several years, I decided to ride it with a friend yesterday who has recently moved to Kingston. We rode the northern section from New Paltz to Rosendale and back. Since it was a holiday, there were few riders on the trail, and being early in the Spring, bugs weren't an issue yet. The trees haven't filled in yet, so views of the Gunks to the west were good. We also saw some horses closeup, around Coffey Rd in New Paltz, I think. I was disappointed to see that the Rosendale railroad trestle has been closed since I was last on this trail. It is fenced off just before the start of the trestle. A sign nearby says that an engineering study has determined that the trestle is unsafe, and funds are needed for reconstruction.

Once you get past the dog **** and the horse shit, the walkers with plugs in their ears, the talkers on cell phones, the dog walkers, some with five dogs at a time, two of whom are bigger than the walker and on 20 ft leashes, the trail is fun. It's quite long, up and back (about 30 miles), for a Mountain Bike Ride, but the grades are consistently low, so it makes for a challenging but not too challenging ride. A Cross Bike or a Fixie would work really well, too, but a front fork with a shock still is needed to handle some of the bridges along the way, unless, of course, you are good at jumping the bike. As a change of pace from road biking, it is superb, and even on the hottest days, the shade of the forest lends a break. Actually, I wish there was more like these just for variety sake, but once a week is good enough to watch the seasons progress. Warning: Don't get off your bike to pick an apple. They'll shoot you dead on the spot. Just joking, I think.

I only got to ride the southern portion today; I will return another day to do the whole thing.

I would have to disagree with the comment, "The Wallkill Valley Railroad Company Trail is directly linked to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail." I started in Walden and upon reaching the end of the paved 4 mile rail-trail, there was no direction on where to go. Eventually I found my way by going straight and found myself back on the old rail bed, but this is not the "official" rail-trail. A couple miles north, the trail ends abruptly at Birch Rd and the prison, and there is no direction on what to do from there. I tried to find my way back to the rail line and got yelled at by a prison guard. So I back-tracked to Birch, took that west for a bit, and then turned right onto Sand Hill Rd. A right onto Denniston and you'll get to the "official" start of the trail just a little way up the road.

Hope that helps someone avoid my prison encounter.

NEW PALTZ – The Hudson River Valley Greenway Friday announced the awarding of three grants to trail projects in Ulster County.

The funding is part of the 2009 Greenway Conservancy Small Grants Program.

The Southern Ulster Alliance and the Town of New Paltz were given $17,750 for the Southern Ulster Alliance Project. They will design a link between the Hudson Valley Rail Train and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, creating a more regional trail system in Ulster County.

The County of Ulster will receive $7,000 for its Sojourner Truth County Park. This project will add 400 feet of Americans With Disabilities Act accessible trail to connect a parking area with an existing ADA accessible trail and other recreational trails.

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association, Inc. will receive $1,500 to create the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Brochure. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail will soon become a link to the newly opened Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and provides a vital recreational resource to the residents and visitors of Ulster County.

The brochure will provide information to those seeking to utilize the trail and its amenities, and will be an important marketing tool for the trail.

http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2009/November09/06/HRVG_grants-06Nov09.htm

Great job on this trail. Even on the hottest days theres so much shade. Great ride in the fall i bet !!

Another reviewer pointed out that this trail is as wide as a gravel road. True! This railroad was initially built by the Erie, which used a 6 foot gauge. I rode it last year. Blog entry is here: http://blog.russnelson.com/bicycling/1193406384.html Tried doing something new: keeping an audio record of what I saw along the trail. It's 3.5 hours along. Ask if you want it. :-) I enjoyed the ride; you will too.

"Rode south from New Paltz to end and returned.then rode north to Rosendale and back.
Several sections to the north are very wide and more of a gravel road, but this is a spectacular section with the high bride at Rosendale at the end. New Paltz has much to see along the way and the vista to the west of the Gunks is great. It is a total of 16 miles one way and worth the trip over from Mass. "

"I rode the entire length of the trail Sun 9/4/05.
Conditions were excellent. No standing water, and only a couple of slightly wet areas.
Improvements have been made between New Palts and Gardiner with crushed stone added.
Great view from the trestle at Rosendale, and from the bridge over the Wallkill just north of New Paltz.

Very easy to get to, plenty of parking at Boces on SR 32.
Plenty of food available along trail at New Paltz and at SR 55 crossing in Gardiner.
No public restrooms along the trail, but are available in the eateries (if you eat there).
Definitely a trail worth your trip, but requires mountain bike.

Have also been here in the fall, and spectacular views for foliage."

"My husband and I started at New Paltz and continued to the end of the trail. We couldn't see the bridge from the 'end' of the trail. We saw a parking lot and assumed it was a private parking area. Luckily, curiosity got the best of us and we ventured through the parking area and ended up on the Rosendale railroad trestle.

It was absolutely gorgeous! The trail is well maintained, although it is narrow. It's definitely worth the trip from wherever you are!"

"My husband and I rode this trail for the first time last weekend and we were definitely impressed! We rode from New Paltz to Rosendale and were pleasantly surprised when we reached Rosendale end at the railroad trestle.

What a beautiful view! I wish I'd brought my camera. There were a few areas where it was difficult to ride side-by-side and the path got quite narrow, but it was a beautiful ride nonetheless. I definitely recommend it!"

"I bike the Wallkill Valley Railroad Company Trail three to four times per week. The trail is great, it holds up to the weather very well. You can take short rides of 5-10 miles or longer rides of 15-30 miles. Also, there's another old railroad bridge that crosses the Wallkill River that is realy nice. It's just a great trail."

"We rode the trail from Gardiner toward New Paltz on the first of September on hybrid bikes. It was wet in places and single track at times, but in all cases easily passable. Great views. Lots of flowers. An interestng section passes through a bountiful orchard."

"My wife and I did 32 miles on the trail on March 24, 2002. It was a good ride although the trail is a bit narrow on its southern end. The ride to the trestle is a real good portion of the trail; it's wider than the southern end."

I've been to this trail at least 10 times due to its great views. Going south from New Paltz there is lots to do. About 6 miles to the south is a pizza shop two feet from the trail. Two yards to the right is a bike shop in case you need some repairs. Leaving the trail a couple of blocks away is an airport if you want to watch the parachuters jump from planes. Heading north from New Paltz there is much less activity but lots of views. At the end of the northern part of the trail is a bridge where the views are most breath taking.

" This trail is an extension of the Wallkill Valley Trail on private land that is open to foot and bike traffic only. The condition of the trail surface is excellent. Parking is only available nearby in the village of Rosendale on town streets at the northern end. Otherwise parking can be found at the Cragswood Rd and Coffey Rd crossings of the Wallkill Valley Trail, just south of this trail. From the New Paltz border to Rosendale center the trail is scenic, but nothing to compare with the final walk/ride out onto tthe high bridge at Roundout Creek! This is a truly spectacular view well worth a long trip to reach! The bridge is closed about 3/4 of the way across, but the views and the structure itself are a marvel.

Rates an 8 out of 10!

Fred"

"This is a truly amazing trail, undergoing constant improvement, in a beautiful area of the Hudson Valley. Route 299 (Main St) in New Paltz is the approximate midpoint of the trail and plentiful parking is available nearby. The section north of Main St is quite heavily used, and has frequent road crossings. It eventually crosses the Wallkill River on a reconstucted trestle and then passes through farrnland with views to the Shawangunks to the west. At the Rosendale town line, the public rail trail ends. The ROW for 4 1/2 miles beyond is privately owned, but open to hikers and bikers through the generosity of the landowner. If you use this section of trail, respect the generosity!

The farther south one goes the trail becomes more lightly utilized. This section has considerably better views of the Shawangunks and the surrounding valley. It passes though a large apple orchard, with sections in various stages of production and reclamation. Parking along the southern section is quite limited, the best being at Rte 44/55 in Gardiner. I haven't been there in the fall, but I will be back there when the leaves begin to turn this year!

Rates a 9 out of 10!

-Fred"

"The fact that this trail was purchased for exactly one dollar by its current owner is enough of a reason to plan a visit from almost anywhere. After all, how many people do you know that own a rail trail and live right next door to its trailhead?

But the real treat that this trail offers walkers and bikers is one of the most breathtaking views you could imagine. Just wait until you see the spectacular view of Rosendale from the old railroad trestle! Be sure to bring your camera.

In addition to the 4.1-mile long trail south of the Rosendale Bridge, there is a 0.9-mile long trail segment open for public use north of the bridge. However, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS THE ENTIRE BRIDGE to get to it. Detour via local Rosendale streets and make your way to Binnewater Road. It’s about a 10-minute bike ride. From there you’ll be able to access the stand-alone trail segment.

The stand-alone segment hasn’t been cleared as nicely as the major route and generally gets walking traffic only because there’s a short bridge that bikers must stop to walk across.

Since this trail is located rather far from most major population centers, it isn’t too heavily used. Many users are guests at the nearby Williams Lake Hotel Resort, which has a rail trail of its own.

This trail was well worth the 60-mile trip I made to it from northern NJ."

"I biked the entire length of this trail on 12/07/2001.

It's a great trail with plenty of spectacular views on the segment south of New Paltz. The best photo opportunity is on a bridge just south of the Cedar Lane road crossing in New Paltz.

Bikers should be cautioned that there is plentiful gravel in some spots; wide tires work best. The segment north of New Paltz is mostly a ballast base.

I saw no restroom facilities on the entire trail. There's a small antique village shopping center on Water Street in New Paltz that had public rest rooms though.

There was plenty of free parking in a Municipal Parking Lot on Water Street in downtown New Paltz.

A little known fact is that this trail connects directly with a privately owned trail (open for public use) that extends along the same former railroad ROW through to Kingston, NY. Reportedly, it's a 15 mile trip north to Kingston from where this trail ends.

Most worth the trip from almost anywhere to ride this one. "

WITH THE HIGH PRICE OF GAS HORSBACK RIDING IS THE WAY TO GO.

"Excellent rail trail, good views of the mountains and farms. Benches at very scenic locations, bike shop right next to trail, can`t wait till the trail is finished."

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Shawangunk, Walden, and Wallkill Rail Trail

New York - 4.5 miles

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...

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

New York - 3.6 miles

Located in the mid-Hudson Valley is a remarkable trail that is picturesque and family friendly. This flat, paved Hudson Valley Trail stretches nearly...

D & H Canal Heritage Corridor (O&W Rail-Trail)

New York - 11.8 miles

Sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains near the busy US Route 209 corridor, this trail has a little something for everyone....

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Walkway Over The Hudson

New York - 1.28 miles

Built in 1888 to link New York and New England to the coal beds of Pennsylvania and the West, the steel cantilever truss Poughkeepsie-Highland...

William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

New York - 13 miles

The Dutchess Rail Trail is a local treasure in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and for good reason: the 13-mile trail runs through what seems...

Klara Sauer Trail

New York - 1 miles

The Klara Sauer Trail (formerly known as the Beacon Riverside Trail) runs for 1 mile along the Hudson River on the west side of New York's village of...

D & H Canal Linear Park

New York - 4.7 miles

The D&H Canal Linear Park is 45 acres with a trail situated along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, dry dock and waste weirs are...

D & H Canal Trail - Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

New York - 5.7 miles

The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area is located on the Orange County-Sullivan County border just south of Wurtsboro, New York. It consists of over...

Heritage Trail (aka Orange Heritage Trail)

New York - 15 miles

Much of the 15-mile Heritage Trail, a.k.a. the Orange Heritage Trail, sails past wide fields of corn and wheat. The trail starts in Harriman at the...

O & W Rail Trail

New York - 7.5 miles

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...

Timp-Torne Trail

New York - 5.4 miles

Just an hour north of New York City, the Timp-Torne Trail offers a scenic hike through Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks with panoramic vistas of...

D & H Canal Park

New York - 0.6 miles

The D & H Canal towpath is nestled within the 300-acre D & H Canal Park in the New York hamlet of Cuddebackville. The crushed-stone trail, stretching...

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