Rail Trail Hall of Fame, Here We Come!

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Trail Network | Photo by Kristina Quinones. Image courtesy of RTC.

You might have missed it, but in January, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the 2016 nominees to their Rail Trail Hall of Fame. And guess what, the Hudson Valley Trail Network is one of the candidates! Voting’s open now, so vote early and vote often! Voting Booth.

Now, we know that our work in Kingston is just getting started, but we have proud partners to our south who are piecing together a fabulous start on this regional trail system. If you haven’t already, make a trip to ride the contiguous trail from Hopewell Junction (Dutchess County) to Tony Williams Park in the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County), a distance of nearly 18 miles! It starts out as the Dutchess Rail Trail, and after 13 miles, connects to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Moving west from the Walkway, you’re on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail for another 4 miles.

Plans are in the works to continue the Hudson Valley Rail Trail towards a connection with New Paltz. We can imagine the day (not too far off, we hope) when you could continue to New Paltz, then up the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail to Kingston, then via the Kingston Greenline either to the Hudson River at Kingston Point, to the Rondout Valley via the O&W Rail Trail or up to the Catskills on the Ashokan Rail Trail!

Your support will help us get there!

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