O&W Rail Trail/D&H Heritage Corridor
The O&W Rail Trail/D&H Heritage Corridor is a partially completed rail trail/canal trail running nearly 35 miles through the Rondout Valley from Kingston to Ellenville and including various local rail trail segments. The trail-head in Kingston for the O&W Rail Trail is on Washington Avenue next to the Super 8 Motel parking lot.
Ashokan Rail Trail
Planning, preliminary engineering design, and environmental review for the ART began in June 2016, and a Public Information Meeting was held on December 1, 2016 to discuss preliminary design concepts and information on the corridor (videos and presentation available below.) The Project is slated to begin construction in late 2017 and will include removal of the rail and remaining ties, drainage improvements, re-grading of the former railbed, installation of signage and fencing, development of trail amenities, and connection to three major trailheads, which are being designed and constructed by the DEP. The construction will include replacement of the destroyed Boiceville Trestle and replacement of the failed major culvert at Butternut Creek as well as measures to protect water quality in the Ashokan Reservoir. The ART will also include interpretive signage regarding the history of the Ashokan Reservoir, Esopus Valley communities, U&D Railroad and Catskill Park.
The Empire State Trail
The Empire State Trail is a new initiative placing New York State at the forefront of national efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, community vitality, and tourism development. Approximately 400 miles of the Trail already exists in discrete, disconnected segments. When completed by the end of 2020, the Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a 21.3 mile mostly unpaved path popular among locals for walking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, and it highlights the diversity that embodies America’s rich history. As you head south from Kingston to Rosendale, enjoy vistas of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Lakes, as well as the historical cement-mining facilities visible from the trail. Around mile 8, one of the best features of the trail is the Rosendale Trestle, about 150 feet tall and 900 feet long, offering great views of the surrounding Hudson Valley. From Rosendale, the rail-trail travels beside orchards, organic farms, lakes, streams, and the Wallkill River and provides access to the towns of New Paltz and Gardiner.