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Wallkill Valley Rail Trail - Hiking

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By lydia.crawford

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Statistics

Distance

25 KM

What are the activities at Wallkill Valley Rail Trail ?

Hiking

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Why choose a trail at Wallkill Valley Rail Trail?

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a 23.7-mile (38.1 km) rail trail and linear park that runs along the former Wallkill Valley Railroad rail corridor in Ulster County, New York. It stretches from Gardiner through New Paltz, Rosendale, and Ulster to the Kingston city line. The trail is separated from the Walden–Wallkill Rail Trail by two state prisons in Shawangunk, though there have been plans to bypass these facilities, and to connect the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail with other regional rail trails. Plans to create the rail trail began as early as 1983, when New Paltz considered uses for the then-defunct Wallkill Valley corridor; the railroad had ceased regular traffic in 1977, and by 1983 had begun to remove its tracks. In 1991, a local land trust purchased the 12-mile (19 km) section of the former rail corridor between New Paltz and Gardiner, and conveyed the New Paltz section to the town and village of New Paltz. The trail was formally opened between New Paltz and Gardiner in 1993, though Gardiner did not purchase its section from the trust until 2007. The length of the trail was effectively doubled by a county land seizure in 2009, extending the walkway north from Rosendale through Ulster to Kingston. The extension included the Rosendale trestle, a 940-foot (290 m) bridge across the Rondout Creek. There are several other bridges that carry the trail, though none are as long. The trail serves hikers, joggers, bikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers. It passes through several historic districts, such as Huguenot Street in New Paltz, and the Binnewater Historic District and Snyder Estate in Rosendale. The trail also traverses U.S. Route 44 (concurrent with State Route 55), and state routes 299 and 213. Several natural features are visible from clearing along the trail, such as the Shawangunk Ridge to the west, and the Plattekill Creek between New Paltz and Gardiner. The trail passes through dense vegetation, and is frequented by many types of animals and overwintering birds.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a beautiful, paved trail that follows an old railroad bed through the stunning Wallkill Valley in New York. The trail is perfect for biking, running, and walking, and offers stunning views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. The trail is well-maintained and easy to navigate, and is a great way to explore this beautiful part of New York.


What are the services on site?

Rate & open hour

Access fee $ 0.00
Schedule
Monday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMSunday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Coordinates
-74.0903646
41.7771378

What are the coordinates and address of Wallkill Valley Rail Trail?

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
227 Springtown Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561, USA

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Starting Point

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is located in New York. To get to the start of the trails, take exit 18 from Route 17 and head east on Route 209. The trailhead will be on your left.

Why visit Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a great place to visit for a number of reasons. Firstly, the trail is well maintained and offers beautiful scenery as you walk or bike along it. Secondly, the trail is not too crowded, so you can enjoy a peaceful walk or ride without having to worry about people pushing past you. Finally, the trail is located close to many other attractions, such as wineries and breweries, so you can easily make a day out of your visit.

Is Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New York a good place for the whole family?

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a great place for the whole family. It is a paved, off-road trail that is perfect for biking, running, and walking.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New York are hiking, biking, and bird watching.

1. Hiking: The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a great place for a hike, with plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way.

2. Biking: The trail is also perfect for biking, with plenty of room to ride.

3. Picnicking: There are plenty of places to picnic along the trail, so be sure to bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy.

4. Fishing: The trail is home to some great fishing spots, so be sure to bring your rod and tackle box.

5. Wildlife Viewing: The trail is a great place to see wildlife, including deer, turkeys, and other animals.

Where to eat?

1. The Rail Trail Cafe in Montgomery, NY. This cafe is located inside a restored train station and offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

2. The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA. This theatre offers a buffet-style meal before the show. The menu includes items like carved roast beef, chicken marsala, and pasta dishes.

3. The Black Forest Inn in Andreas, PA. This inn is located in the heart of the Pennsylvania mountains and serves German cuisine like sausages, schnitzel, and strudel.

4. The Station House Cafe in Glenwood, NJ. This cafe is located in an old train station and offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items like eggs benedict, burgers, and sandwiches.

5. The Hotel Fauchère in Milford, PA. This hotel is located in the Poconos and features a restaurant that serves American cuisine like steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes.

Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What are the opening hours ?

Monday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PMSunday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

No
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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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