Safety & Etiquette

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a multi-use trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicyclists, horseback riders, dog-walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Local foot and bike races often take place on sections of the Rail Trail as well.

The total length is 22+ miles, with a surface of packed cinders and gravel.

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment we ask you to observe the following rules and treat other trail users courteously.

Equestrian users

Please make sure your horse has the temperament and training for riding safely on public trails and do not exceed a moderate speed appropriate for multiuse trails. Please announce your intention to pass other users, and pass only on the left.


You are required to yield to all other trail users and to ride at a moderate speed. Please alert other users when you are approaching from behind, reduce your speed, and pass only on the left. Be especially careful not to startle horses.

Walkers and joggers

Please move to the right of the trail to allow other users to pass. Always yield to equestrians. Dogs must be leashed at all times and on a short leash around horses, other dogs, and children.

All users

Be alert for small children and respectful of wildlife and the environment. Please clean up after your animals and carry out your litter. Use caution at road crossings. The trail passes through private property, so be polite to our neighbors and stay on the trail. The trail closes at dusk.

Except for vehicles for the handicapped, motorized vehicles, including ATVs and snowmobiles are not allowed on the trail. Starting fires and discharging firearms on or next to the trail are strictly prohibited.

Report problems to us through our contact form. In case of emergencies, call 911.