The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail opened
officially in October 1993 as the seventeenth rail trail in New York
State. In 2001 it was recognized as the first Countryside Trail in the
Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, and in 2007 it was designated
a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and the U.S.
Department of the Interior.
extends for more than 22 miles from Wallkill in the south to Kingston in the north. Bordered by forests,
open fields, apple orchards and agricultural lands, it passes through the hamlet of Gardiner, downtown New Paltz, the national historic Huguenot settlement, then to Rosendale over the recently restored trestle before terminating at the border of Kingston. Trail users will discover a wide variety of
birds and other wildlife and spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Wallkill River and the Rounout River Valley. The trail surface is gravel and packed dirt, except
for a section of the trail in the heart of New Paltz from Plains Road
to Broadhead Avenue, which is wheelchair accessible.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is
a multiuse trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback
riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country
skiers. Except for vehicles for the disabled, motorized vehicles,
including ATVs and snowmobiles, are not permitted on the trail. For
everyone's safety, please follow the guidelines for multiuse trails and
be courteous to other trail users. Download our brochure for more
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Enjoy your visit!
About the Wallkill Valley Land Trust
The WVLT is a non-profit corporation founded in 1987 to preserve land for the future of southern Ulster County. In 1991, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust
purchased the old Wallkill Valley Rail Road right of way in
New Paltz and Gardiner, and turned it into a rail trail. For more info on the WVLT, click here: http://wallkillvalleylt.org/