Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
New Paltz, Ulster County, NY
Take I-87 north to exit 87; take NY Route 299 into the New Paltz downtown area; park on the street near the New Paltz Passenger Station. You can go north or south from here on the trail.
1866 -- Wallkill Valley Railroad Company formed.
1868 -- railroad construction starting north from Montgomery begins.
1872 -- the lines opens to Kingston, N.Y.
1881 -- absorbed into the West Shore Railroad, it becomes a branch of the West Shore's "High Iron" rail line along the Hudson River.
1885 -- the West Shore Railroad is absorbed into the New York Central System (NYC).
1952 -- Conrail takes over.
1977 -- last train operates.
1983 -- the New Paltz Environmental Conservation Commission recommends the creation of a Wallkill Valley Rail-Trail.
1991 -- the Wallkill Valley Rail-Trail Association forms.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association becomes part of the Hudson Valley River Greenway Trail System.
(Source: Della Penna & Sexton, 2002:chapter 21)
The trail runs 15.2-miles, 8.16 miles from Gardiner to New Paltz and 7.02 miles from New Paltz to Rosendale.