Great Hike on Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

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.   You can do much shorter sections, or longer.   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.)

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.  Read more and see some photos of our day…

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