Kingston is a hub for the wider county and state networks of rail trails and other non-motorized routes that make our region a unique place to visit and live. Check out Ulster County's REConnect page for an interactive map of County trails and other recreational resources.

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 trailhead in Kingston for the O&W Rail Trail is on Washington Avenue next to the Super 8 Motel parking lot.

Ashokan Rail Trail

The Ashokan Rail Trail is open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round. The 11.5-mile recreational trail runs along Ashokan Reservoir between West Hurley and Boiceville. The ART trail surface is 12 feet in width and surfaced with highly compacted fine crushed stone. Both the trail and trailhead parking areas (including the portable restrooms) are ADA compliant and accessible for persons with disabilities. The ART is open for non-motorized uses, including hiking, walking dogs on leash, bicycling, running, nature observation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The ART trailheads are plowed in winter, but the trail itself is not.


The Empire State Trail

In 2017, New York State launched the Empire State Trail to promote outdoor recreation, encourage healthy lifestyles, support community vitality, and bolster tourism-related economic development.

The 750-mile Empire State Trail showcases New York’s special places, diverse history, and iconic landscapes.

The Trail welcomes bicyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities to experience the Empire State’s urban centers, village main streets, rural communities, and diverse history, from New York City through the Hudson River Valley, west to Buffalo along the Erie Canal, and north to the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks.

The Empire State Trail connects New York’s extraordinary experiences, people, and places.

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.