Kaaterskill Rail Trail Grand Opening Celebration | National Trails Day June 1, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 10:30am - 3:30pm

Kaaterskill Rail Trail Grand Opening


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The Kaaterskill Rail Trail Committee, comprised of the The Trail Conference with the Town of Hunter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Mountain Top Historical Society and the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District are happy to invite you to the Grand Opening of the 1st phase of the Kaaterskill Rail Trail on Saturday, June 1st, 2013.

The first phase of the Kaaterskill Rail Trail is a 1.5 mile section of the abandoned Ulster & Delaware Railroad between the Mountain Top Historical Society property in Haines Falls and DEC land at the end of Laurel House Road.  The trail will be open to public use for non-motorized, multi-use activities.  Phase 1 of the Kaaterskill Rail Trail will start at the Mountain Top Historical Property on the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad, leave the rail bed and travel along North Lake Road to Featherbed Lane, where it will rejoin the rail bed.  The trail will end at Laurel House Road, just above Kaaterskill Falls and close to the North-South Lake State Campground.  A large portion of the trail is along the edge of Kaaterskill Clove, offering multiple views of Kaaterskill Falls.

Creating a link from Haines Falls to the North and South Lake Campground along the old railroad has been envisioned for years by many in the community.  Given the rich history of the railroad and grand hotel era of this region, the project offers great potential to interpret the natural, historic and cultural resources that have been the hallmark of the northern Catskills for generations.  Phase 2 of this project, which is currently in the planning stages, will provide a direct link to the existing Escarpment Trail and the North/South Lake State Campground with a trail and bridge at the Laurel House site.


If you'd like to take part in the guided hikes that will be offered, please register here for the hikes.  This allows us to manage group size as we all enjoy the trail on June 1st.  Shuttle service will be available for those who only wish to hike the KRT in one direction.


KRT Opening Day Schedule of Events:

 10:30am - 11:00am Opening remarks from partner organizations - NYSDEC, Trail Conference, Town of Hunter, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District
 11:00am - 1:30pm


Guided hikes (1.5 miles one way, 3 miles round trip)

Easy terrain

Guided Hike Start Times: 11:00am, 11:30am and 12:00pm

Free registration is required for hikes - PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Shuttle service will be available for those who wish to only hike in one direction on the KRT

 1:00pm - 3:30pm


Free BBQ at the historic Railroad Station and the Mountain Top Historical Society Visitor Center will be open


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jeff Senterman at [email protected] or call 518-628-4243.  You can also get more information on the Friends of the Kaaterskill Rail Trail Facebook page.


Driving Directions From the North: Exit 21, I-87, NYS Thruway. Make left onto Rt. 23B, follow sign for Route 23. Make left at McDonalds. Take Route 32 to traffic light at junction of Rt.23A. Make right, heading towards Palenville. After the light in Palenville,  travel 4.5 miles to reach MTHS Campus and Art Trail Interpretive Center on the right.

Driving Directions From the South: Exit 20, I-87, NYS Thruway. Left at exit , then right onto NY32. Bear left at NY 32A (blinking light) then left onto NY 23A at the light in Palenville. Travel 4.5 miles to the MTHS Campus and Art Trail Center on the right.

Jeff Senterman
Kaaterskill Rail Trail Committee
Mountain Top Historical Society, Haines Falls, NY
KRT Opening Day handout.pdf2.07 MB
KRT Opening day flyer.pdf787.68 KB