The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

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tosl
Jersey City, NJ618 contributions
Sep 2021
The perfect way to spend an autumn day. New Paltz Biking was very professional and personable and it was so simple to get biking on the trail. I have hiked and climbed for decades around the Gunks, but this was the first time I rented bikes. It will not be the last.
Written September 26, 2021
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ALAN W
Leawood, KS867 contributions
Jun 2020
We spend our summers in New Paltz. I have been hiking the rail trail for years. This summer so far we have only been here 1 week & I have already done the trail 3 times. The first 2 times I walked from our house on N Manheim, west on Main St, picked up the trail at Main, then walked north to the bridge over the Wallkill River, Round trip 5.75 miles. The path is very easy. Mostly gravel.
The 3rd walk I started the same going west on Main. Then went south on the rail trail. Walked to Bridge Creek Rd. 9 miles round trip. This walk going south took me through lots of open spaces, past private roads, through apple orchards with view of the Gunks. I had to stop at Bridge Creek Rd because the trail was closed at this point. It started as mostly soft gravel. Then changed to dirt path. Part was through woods.
Written June 21, 2020
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Grumo
New York City, NY833 contributions
Jul 2020
When we first come to Paltz we park off the Main Street and walk this trail a few miles. north of the town. It's a lovely walk, easygoing in this section. Not too many other people when we have been there. Some views, and mainly woods all around.
Written August 23, 2020
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traveltime841
Rochester, NY327 contributions
Sep 2022
Rosendale Trestle is the star of this adventure, located between mile markers 15 and 16. If you are driving here, it is on Route 213 just west of the Rosendale "Business District". As the parking situation is confusing - when you see the trestle, find the first road that is North and West of it and go up the hill to get to the parking lot (called Binnewater Parking Area) which will be on your left. The New Paltz section starting just before mile marker 8 through mile marker 9 is the other recommended part - make sure to explore the shops, dining options and Historic Huguenot Street all of which are within a few blocks of the trail in this section. The trail is crushed rock and well maintained - always enjoyable for hiking
Written September 19, 2022
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thatnyctraveler
New York City, NY77 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Nice trail for walking, running or biking but it’s primarily bicycles. Trail is good enough to walk with sneakers. Note it is a dirt trail. Will go and hike it again. Safe enough for solo people with the amount of traffic is not to isolated. Good parking available to get to area and unload bikes for a fun day. Great restaurants to refuel after a good bike or hike.
Written July 4, 2021
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Elfma
Greenwich, CT459 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This is one of the intersecting trails of the Empire State system that run through New Paltz , Mohonk Mountain Preserve and the surrounding Shawangunk mountains and runs along the river of the same name. Immaculately maintained, paved for 30 miles. Benches and restrooms were readily available on the area near the town of New Paltz. Also some excellent birding, even in slow bird August. Trail seems mostly used by bikers, but more than enough room for hikers as well. Ample parking at trailheads.
Written August 7, 2022
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Sonja C
369 contributions
Apr 2022
My friend and I walked the trestle in Rosendale which was very nice and has great views of Rosendale. Walk is very easy straight and flat. There is another path you can take which has a number of stone steps going up or down. Parking is right across the street.
Written April 25, 2022
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Edward K
Hudson River Valley, NY25 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
One of the nicest rides around, this 22 mile trail goes from Gardiner, NY(mile 0) in the south to Kingston in the north. Great views from Plattekill Creek (mile 6.0) where you can see Eagles, Osprey, Red Tail hawks and Great Blue Herons, Wallkill River (mile 10.5) and the soaring bridge over the Roundout Creek in Rosendale.

Surface varies from paved (sort of) through New Paltz to packed earth and gravel. This is an old rail bed so grades of only 1-3%. Many lovely stretches outside of towns with tree canopy providing shade and often no other bikers in sight. No bathrooms along trail so plan accordingly.
Written July 2, 2019
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Michigantraveler11
Detroit, MI47 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The photos speak for themselves. A thoroughly enjoyable ride for all ages. Primarily flat, groomed trail, shaded in some areas (may need bug spray if you are a slower rider, and it is warm), open areas in others (may need sun screen). I do not recall any water stops, so make sure to bring water along.
Written May 1, 2019
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onbelay66
Saugerties, NY227 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Lots of folks are intimidated by biking in the region because they can't deal with the hills. If that's you, then this is the ride for you. There's a total of 21 miles to explore with historic kilns, quaint villages with great eateries and absolutely no hills to contend with. It's ideal for families, even with youngsters just learning to ride. With many convenient parking areas you don't need to commit to the full 21 miles (or 42 round trip), in fact most folks just do sections. The stretch from Rosendale to Kingston has some cool historic stuff. The stretch from Rosendale to New Paltz is probably the most popular and very scenic. Pick a section that's right for your group's ambitions and abilities. Both the trail and parking are free of charge. This trail is a real gem.
Written May 1, 2016
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