Wallkill Valley Rail Trail


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Park Overview:

A 12.2 mile rail trail offering flat and easy walking, with views of the Shawangunks.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:12.1 miles
Park Acreage:
New Paltz/Ulster/NY
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Park Description:

Running through the valley at the base of the Shawangunks, mostly within view of the many southeast-facing cliffs, is the 12.2 mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. 

Trails Overview:

With rails and ties now gone, the fine cinder trail surface offers flat and easy walking.  It rambles through farms and forests, streams and wetlands, and the towns of Gardiner and New Paltz.  Use the web in Contact Information and follow "trail map" link.


Take Exit 18 from the New York Thruway and turn west on NY 299 [Main Street] through New Paltz until intersecting the rail trail just before the Wallkill River bridge.  Also use the web in Contact Information, follow "trail map" link which shows other access points.

Bus service to New Paltz from New York City, Nanuet, Newburgh and Kingston is available via Adirondack Trailways, www.trailwaysny.com (800) 776-7548. Limited weekday bus service to New Paltz from Kingston and Highland is available via Routes R and H of Ulster County Area Transit, www.co.ulster.ny.us/ucat (888) 827-8228. Ulster County Area Transit also offers bus service from the Metro-North station in Poughkeepsie to New Paltz and Rosendale via their Ulster-Poughkeepsie Link.

Contact Information:Wallkill Valley Land Trust
Region:Shawangunk Mountains

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Wallkill Rail Trail, New Paltz, NY

  It is open for walking and hiking.   There is no snow cover on the trail.


Great skiing this morning on the Walkill Rail Trail. & Happy New Year.

Did you start from the Park & Ride

Did you start from the Park & Ride across from the Stewarts Shop??   Its a stop for UCAT.