Welcome to The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
22 Miles of Linear Park from Wallkill to Kingston
Breathe Fresh Air, Walk, Bike, Stroll, Run, Ride, Sing, Discover, Smile, Ski, Listen
To see a video covering the entire length of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, click onto the link below. Thank you to Martin Weiner for this video!


The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail opened officially in October 1993 as the seventeenth rail trail in New York State. In 2001 it was recognized as the first Countryside Trail in the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, and in 2007 it was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The trail extends for more than 22 miles from Wallkill in the south to Kingston in the north. Bordered by forests, open fields, apple orchards and agricultural lands, it passes through the hamlet of Gardiner, downtown New Paltz, the national historic Huguenot settlement, then to Rosendale over the recently restored trestle before terminating at the border of Kingston. Trail users will discover a wide variety of birds and other wildlife and spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Wallkill River and the Rounout River Valley. The trail surface is gravel and packed dirt, except for a section of the trail in the heart of New Paltz from Plains Road to Broadhead Avenue, which is wheelchair accessible.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a multiuse trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Except for vehicles for the disabled, motorized vehicles, including ATVs and snowmobiles, are not permitted on the trail. For everyone's safety, please follow the guidelines for multiuse trails and be courteous to other trail users. Download our brochure for more information.

If you have any questions or need any information, please contact us at info@wvrta.org.

Enjoy your visit!

About the Wallkill Valley Land Trust
The WVLT is a non-profit corporation founded in 1987 to preserve land for the future of southern Ulster County. In 1991, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust purchased the old Wallkill Valley Rail Road right of way in New Paltz and Gardiner, and turned it into a rail trail. For more info on the WVLT, click here: http://wallkillvalleylt.org/

Informative Links:

WVRTA brochure
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WVRTA Strategic Plan
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WVRT-HVRT Link Study
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History Along the Rail Trail New Paltz Section  History_Along_The_Wallkill_Valley_Rail_Trail2.pdf
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Adopt a Section of the Rail Trail Application
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  Photos of Redecking Plattekill Gorge Bridge
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2012 November  Newsletter_2012_Fall.pdf
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2013 February  Newsletter_2013_February_WVRTA.pdf
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2013 June  Newsletter_2013_June_WVRTA.pdf
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2013 December  Newsletter_2013_December_WVRTA.pdf
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