Features: Roadwalk through rural Orange County
Distance: 14.65 miles
USGS Map Quads: Goshen, Middletown, and Otisville
Trail Conference Maps: Online SRT Map #1 in PDF format
The Long Path follows several roads in south-western Orange County as it approaches the Shawangunks. This is still a fairly unpopulated area of the county, and the trail passes many farms and fields with expansive views. Some of the fields have disappeared though during the building boom of the last several decades. This section is suitable for bicycling since it is relatively free of truck traffic.
Take New York StateThruway to Exit 16 (Harriman). Proceed west on NY Route17/Interstate 86 for about 12 miles to Exit 123 (US Route6/NY Route 17M). Proceed west on Route 6 for 1.9 miles to Hartley Road and turn right. The end of the Heritage Trail is in 0.8 mile on your right. Park on the side of the road.
0.00 End of the Heritage Trail on Hartley Road. (41.40903°, -74.37190°)
14.65 There is room for several cars a few hundred feet south of the main gate of the Ridgeview property on Mountain Road in Greenville. (41.39199°, -74.59952°)
10.1 Wallkill River. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]
0.00 The Long Path reaches Hartley Road and turns right.
0.25 The trail turns left onto Echo Lake Road, crosses the Wallkill River, and passes Echo Lake.
1.25 McVeigh Road on the right. Continue straight ahead on Echo Lake Road.
1.40 The trail veers left onto County Route 50. On the right is the old Wawayanda Inn (now Mason's Marketplace and tap room), and immediately after that the trail crosses the old Erie Railroad right of way.
1.95 Cross Route 6/17M (where County Route 50 becomes County Route 12), and soon after cross Denton Hill Road.
10.2 Wawayanda Inn in the Hamlet of Hampton. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]
2.15 The trail turns right onto Ridgebury Road.
5.00 Turn right onto Ridgebury Hill Road. There is a deli at the corner, and soon after the Town of Wawayanda town hall and DPW building are on the right.
5.30 The trail veers left onto Wilcox Road and passes by "The Pine Museum" (open on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm, between April 1 and December 24, or by appointment — call Ed Horan @ 1-845-355-8342).
5.50 Wilcox Road joins Ridgebury Hill Road again.
5.85 The Long Path turns right onto Route 6.
6.10 The trail turns left onto McBride Road.
6.90 At the end of McBride Road, the Long Path turns left onto County Route 49.
7.00 Turn right onto R. Hunter Place.
7.25 The trail reaches Mount Orange Road. Continue straight.
8.25 Mount Orange Road makes a sharp right turn and passes in about one-tenth of a mile over Interstate 84.
9.25 The Long Path turns left onto Remey Road.
9.40 The trail turns left onto South Centerville Road.
10.00 South Centerville Road turns left. The Long Path continues on Mullock Road (County Route 81) which it follows to Mountain Road.
10.3 Cemetery on Mullock Road. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]
11.50 Cross Greenville Turnpike.
11.65 Pass a small cemetery on the left.
11.90 Cross Eatontown Road.
12.95 Cross Fort Van Tyle Road.
13.65 Turn left onto Mountain Road (County Route 35).
14.45 Pass Schoolhouse Road on the left.
14.65 The trail reaches a gate on the right (across from No. 1032) into the recently acquired Ridgeview parcel. This is the start of the next section.