Kingston Point Rail Trail

The Kingston Land Trust (KLT) and its Rail Trail Committee have been working together with the City of Kingston and the Trolley Museum of New York (TMNY) to lay the groundwork for a 1.5 mile rail trail on the former Ulster & Delaware railroad from midtown Kingston to the Rondout. This section of the former rail-bed is owned by the City of Kingston, and until recently, was included in the TMNY’s lease that allows them to operate their tourist trolley along the Rondout Creek. The KLT is in discussions with the City of Kingston to lease this part of the rail-bed and convert the corridor into a paved multi-use trail and linear park as part of the overall vision for the Kingston Greenline.

Key Features of the Proposed KPRT

  • The Kingston Point Rail Trail is a proposed 1.5 mile multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway and linear park linking midtown to the Rondout in Kingston, NY
  • The KPRT will be a 10 foot-wide paved surface with a gentle grade of about 3%, which is much easier for bicycling or pushing a wheelchair or stroller than the streets between midtown and the Rondout.
  • The KPRT provides a protected pedestrian and bicycle route between residential neighborhoods and apartments on the east side of 9W, and important community and civic resources in midtown, including the Kingston High School, the YMCA of Kingston, and City Hall.
  • The proposed design of the trail would include restoration of the Hasbrouck Tunnel under Livingston Street and Delaware Ave, re-decking of the spans near Rondout Gardens and the creation of several pocket parks and trail heads with amenities such as community gardens, pavilions, and bike stations.
  • Throughout the KPRT, interpretive signage and restoration design will highlight the historical importance of the Ulster & Delaware railroad to Kingston’s industrial heritage.
  • Trail development is expected to cost approximately $250,000 for the first phase. It is anticipated that all funding for construction would come from State and Federal grants and/or private contributions.
  • The Kingston Land Trust has developed a management plan to accomplish ongoing maintenance of the trail after construction without reliance on taxpayer funding.

Trail Feasibility Study

In 2010, the City of Kingston and the Hudson River Valley Greenway awarded grants totaling $20,000 to the Kingston Land Trust to study the feasibility of the proposed trail. With the help of Alta Planning + Design, the nation’s leading trail design firm, the KLT reviewed the condition of the 1.5 mile section of former rail-bed, including the Hasbrouck Tunnel, the bridge across US Route 9W, and several smaller spans near the Rondout Gardens apartments. The feasibility study identified no major impediments to development of the trail and provides preliminary designs for trail heads, street crossings, surface improvements, drainage, and other important features.

Download the final Feasibility Study report for the Kingston Point Rail Trail here:
NOTE: Files are very large (>80MB) and may take a few moments to download.
Part 1 (p 1 – 28)
Part 2 (p 29 – 56)

Fall 2013 Trail Tours

In September and October of 2013, the KLT led several tours of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. (If you were unable to attend these tours but are interested in a private tour, please contact us to discuss possible dates and times.) We are especially excited about the input we received from area residents and businesses about their interest in the future development of the KPRT.

Hudson River Valley Ramble on the KPRT
Saturday, Sept 14

Kingston Greenline Trail Tours – KPRT and Rondout Area
Friday, Oct 4

Download the trail walking tour guide here.