Rail-Trails near the
 New York State Eastern Border

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail

A 43-mile rail trail in the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York. Some portions are currently open , others are still closed to public use.

The rail-trail terminates at the new Wassaic Station of the Harlem Line of the Metro North Railroad.  The Railroad also operates a seasonal weekend express bus service roughly parallel to the rail-trail from Wassaic Station on the Harlem Line with stops at Millerton, Copake, Hillsdale NY, and Great Barrington MA. 

Bonanza Bus Lines also operates a seasonal weekend express bus service roughly parallel to the rail-trail from New York City to Great Barrington MA then north to Bennington VT.

The Appalachian Trail roughly parallels the rail-trail on the nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts ridge-tops between Appalachian Trail Station on the the Harlem Line of the Metro North Railroad to site of Copake Station near Bish Bash Falls State Park. 

South County Trailway

North County Trailway

When various construction projects are completed, these two trails will represent 36.2 miles of paved rail-trail running north-south in Westchester County on the roadbed of the Putnam Division of the New York Central from the north border of Yonkers to the Putnam County Line at Baldwin Place. Note that these pages are on the Westchester County Web Site

Note that all Bee-Line Bus route maps and timetables are also on the same County Web Site. Prospective users must inquire in advance if Bee Line busses accommodate bicycles!

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

A 12.2-mile trail between Gardiner and New Paltz in Ulster County.

Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail

Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Horse Trail Snowmobiling

Two sections of multi-purpose rail-trail have been completed on the Vermont portions of the D&H railbed along the New York State Line for a total length of 19.8 miles. The first section begins at Castleton and extends south of Poultney, while the second section begins at West Pawlet and extends south of West Rupert. However, parts of the intermediate section through Granville as well as the southern section to Salem are unsuitable for trail use due to a lack of corresponding action by New York State agencies.

Official Trail Brochure

A copy of the official trail brochure issued by the VT Agency of Natural Resources.

Supplementary Trail Information

The supplementary information about this trail has been expanded to include information about the two New York State sections of the trail. Also included is information about the important trail facilities that were observed on or near the trail, as well as a few pictures of the trail and nearby buildings.

Walkway Over the Hudson

Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge

Walkway Over the Hudson is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the historic Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge as a pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare. PLEASE NOTE: The Walkway is still closed due to pending litigation. Do not attempt access to the bridge or bridge property. It is alarmed and trespassers will be prosecuted!

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.
Updated on January 09, 2002 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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