10. Heritage Trail in Goshen to Mountain Road in Greenville

Features: Roadwalk through rural Orange County
Distance: 14.55 miles
USGS Map Quads: Goshen, Middletown, and Otisville
Trail Conference Maps: Online SRT Map #1 in PDF format

General Description

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.

Access

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.

Parking

0.00 There is a parking area 200 feet south of the trail on Hartley Road. (41.40903°, -74.37190°)
14.55 There is a parking area at the end of this section, there is also room for several cars a few hundred feet south of the main parking area on Mountain Road in Greenville. (41.39199°, -74.59952°)

Trail Description

 

Wallkill

10.1 Wallkill River. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]

 

0.00 The Long Path reaches and crosses Hartley Road and continues to follow the Heritage Trail.

1.30 The trail tuns left onto County Route 50, across the road the Heritage Trail continues straight. Across the street to the right of the Heritage Trail is the old Wawayanda Inn (now Mason's Marketplace and tap room).

1.85 Cross Route 6/17M (where County Route 50 becomes County Route 12), and soon after cross Denton Hill Road.

 

Hampton

10.2 Wawayanda Inn in the Hamlet of Hampton. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]


2.05 The trail turns right onto Ridgebury Road.

4.90 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.

5.20 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).

5.40 Wilcox Road joins Ridgebury Hill Road again.

5.75 The Long Path turns right onto Route 6.

6.00 The trail turns left onto McBride Road.

6.80 At the end of McBride Road, the Long Path turns left onto County Route 49.

6.90 Turn right onto R. Hunter Place.

7.15 The trail reaches Mount Orange Road. Continue straight.

8.15 Mount Orange Road makes a sharp right turn and passes in about one-tenth of a mile over Interstate 84.

9.15 The Long Path turns left onto Remey Road. 

9.30 The trail turns left onto South Centerville Road.

9.90 South Centerville Road turns left. The Long Path continues on Mullock Road (County Route 81) which it follows to Mountain Road.

 

Cemtery Mullock Road 

10.3 Cemetery on Mullock Road. 2012 [JAKOB FRANKE]
 

11.40 Cross Greenville Turnpike.

11.55 Pass a small cemetery on the left.

11.80 Cross Eatontown Road.

12.85 Cross Fort Van Tyle Road.

13.55 Turn left onto Mountain Road (County Route 35).

14.35 Pass Schoolhouse Road on the left.

14.55 The trail reaches the entrance to aparking area on the right  (across from No. 1032) into a detached state forest parcel, part of the Huckleberry Ridge State Forest. This is the start of the next section.

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sueeilers's picture

This is not really very rural any more. The roads are busy and some of them have trucks of various sorts. We were there about 11 on a Wednesday and the Pine Museum was closed. The worst part of this section is that there are no bathrooms and few places to hide in the bushes. There is a Mobil station at Hunter Place and County Road 49, where there is food and a bathroom, but that was the only facility along this section. The deli at Ridgebury Hill Road smelled good but the bathroom was out of order.
Gedalyamil's picture

After 10 days on the LP I am convinced that every New Yorker should experience this hike. I know it won’t happen in big numbers, and neither do we necessarily want to see a mass migration of New York liberals upstate, but this trail has been so important to me. I believe that our LP should be listed among America’s great thru hikes. None of the individual sections so far were life-altering on their own, but as a mosaic this is a life-changing experience. Each day has been very different and as such it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. But if I had to, Stage 10 would be it for me. The day started rather inauspiciously. I have come to realize that there are 2 things in life that are entirely out of our control: The weather and whom we chose as a spouse. The former is controlled by God and the latter is ‘bashert’ (#predestined). I was starving at the start of Stage 10 on the Heritage Trail in Goshen!! My wife harangued me last nite that I shouldn’t expect gourmet meals this week because she is cleaning the house for Passover. I don’t want to sound mean, but her idea of gourmet at baseline is spaghetti with meat sauce or a turkey sandwich topped with Grey Poupon. Anyway, I’ve been having to survive on trail mix and could really use a home-cooked square meal. Nevertheless, I do appreciate that she is a good traditional wife. Back to the hike, the heritage trail boasted more beautiful wetlands and the road walk thru the towns of Waywayyonda and Greenville was so lovely it’s hard for me to put it into words. You see, most of my life I considered this region ‘fly-over-country’ between NYC and the Borscht Belt. In actuality, this land is rich in natural beauty and the people here live such meaningful lives. You say this is elementary!!!! I say most New Yorkers hold my previous prejudices!!!! I saw beautiful farms, pristine grain silos, enchanting barns, both simple and stately country homes, happy children playing in their driveways, friendly dogs, midget horses (sorry I don’t know the P.C. term), and roving hawks. There were also innumerable Trump 2020 flags flying from homes. There was a perfect country deli at the turn to Ridgebury Hill Road with tempting pastries and fresh coffee. Thee was a fascinating cemetery just down the road with graves dating back t the early 19th century. You only need to read the gravestones to realize what a different world it was back then. I know the NY/NJ trail conference leadership wants to take the LP entirely off the roads. And they have largely succeeded, but I implore them to keep Stage 10 intact as is. We have so much to learn from seeing life lived at a pace different than our own. We grow so much on a trail, but perhaps even more on the well-placed road walk. The LP teel markers nicely dotted the telephone poles along the course, but I recommend printing out the directions above (or use your smart phone) as turns are not highlighted with neon signs nor even with offset trail markers. It could be easy to go off course without being aware of the next turn – and there are no trail maps for the first ~10 miles of this section. Also, pay attention as you walk. As stated by a previous hiker, some of the roads have a fair amount of traffic. Also, the guide suggests this segment may be traversed by bicycle. Bad idea!! The roads have almost no shoulders and there are relatively steep drop-offs. Also, this is a hike!! Wouldn’t it be cheating to bike? You would only be cheating yourself. This reminds me of the Brooklyn Half-Marathon I ran with my father in the mid-80s. I was 15 years old and my father was just a couple of years younger than I am now. Neither one of us had run more than 8 miles at the time, but we signed up for the 13.1 mile race. Entering Prospect Park, less than a mile from the finish, we sharply cut a corner and saved perhaps 1/100th of a mile. A race official looked at us wryly and shouted “you’re only cheating yourself”. We used to reference “you’re only cheating yourself” all the time. Its not laugh-out-loud funny, but it was a way for us to remember that great day as it was. Speaking of cheating yourself, someone suggested I’m cheating by driving home every nite instead of sleeping in the woods like a true thru-hiker. Please understand that the ability of residents of the NY metropolitan area to do the LP from the comforts of home is one of the reasons that I believe this hike needs to be on top 10 lists (or top 20). It adds that extra dimension of discovering the beauty in your own backyard. NY is our home! I am not opposed to sleeping in the woods but I consider it a necessary evil of seeing this amazing planet rather than an end in itself. Besides the Devils Path, which I hiked with my brother in the early ‘90s (see my comments in Section 8), I have hiked some of the iconic backcountry trails in the USA with my son Bobby including: Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon, the Tonto Trail in the Grand Canyon, the Northern Traverse in Glacier NP, the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton NP, the Gallatin Skyline in Yellowstone NP, the Ray Lakes Loop in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP, and the Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend NP. However, I enjoy the hikes but just tolerate (barely) the tents. I hope to one day do another grand thru hike like the AT, the PCT, or the CDT but so far I have never been unemployed for a long enough stretch. Also, my traditional wife would find it a bit odd if I up and left for 6 months.
Sheila F.'s picture

I am so enjoying your experience, GM. I biked hike 9 and most of 10 (it was closed at one section) today. Every pedal stroke was a prayer of gratitude. My only criticism, "you're only cheating yourself" is, in fact, laugh out loud funny! It's always a good day when I get to use it. I also love to say, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?" I am right behind you on the Long Path...do not be afraid! Ugh! I have to do that CAPTCHA math quiz now!