The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail has two points beginning in Rosendale and Ulster, New York. Previously a section of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, the trail has over 21 miles of various landscapes that let visitors see everything from wetlands and beautiful, open fields to charming neighborhoods with cozy restaurants and unique shops. Several areas of the trail are perfectly shaded to protect you from the hot summer sun, but you'll still have plenty of viewing spots that let you see mountains past open fields, wetlands beneath footbridges, and small springs among the thick forest groves.
The trail is especially popular for bikers because of its surface made of gravel and packed cinders, allowing for a smooth ride. However, equestrian riders, snowshoers, and even skiers may frequent the trail. It's also used for racing events through the year. Fortunately, the trail is wide enough to accommodate everyone who wants to use it. Dogs can join owners on their leashes, but be sure to bring a few bags along for easy clean-up and use a short leash to keep Fido close to you and out of the way of others using the trail.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is the host of a few local attractions that people frequent the trail to see. The Rosendale Trestle is one of them. This beautiful, 940-foot bridge used to be a Rosendale railroad trestle and now takes hikers over the Rondout Creek, about 150 feet above the water. There are plenty of photo opportunities as you walk along the bridge. You'll also make your way past lime kilns, the Wallkill River, and local farms. The trail does pass through some busy roads, so be sure to keep a close eye on children and pets.
From sightseeing to taking in some of the local history of the Wallkill area, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail packs it all in!