On Sunday, December 8th, a fine group of hikers took on a 12 mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. We thought we could do this section in 4 hours but there was just too much to look at and photograph! If you have not checked out this trail, we highly recommend it. We hope to come back soon on our cross country skis!
We started from Dewitt Mills Road in Rosendale, just south of the Kingston city line, where there is no official parking area but pull-off parking on the shoulder near the trail crossing is allowed when no snow plowing is needed. Entry points are also available at several other road crossings. (See maps on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association for more info on access points and parking.) Check out our photos and more…
This is the newest section of the trail and it passes ruins from the many old cement factories that provided most of the cement for the U.S. in the 19th century and into the 20th. There are many amazing rock formations created by the excavation of rock for cement making. It also passes through the Binnewater Lake district and crosses the newly restored Rosendale Trestle. We ended our hike in New Paltz, having passed through the more developed areas and horse farms that are closer to the village.
In addition to the maps, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association has history of the railroad that ran through, and other info about the trail. Check them out at www.wvrta.org.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is open to runners, bicyclists, walkers, cross country skier and horseback riders, from dawn to dusk.