Hudson Valley Rail Trail

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a paved 4-mile east–west rail trail in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County, New York. The trail was originally part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route, a rail corridor that crossed the Hudson. It will be used as part of a trail that will connect to the New York State Rail Trail, which will run from New York City to Long Island.

About Hudson Valley Rail Trail in brief

Summary Hudson Valley Rail TrailThe Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a paved 4-mile east–west rail trail in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County, New York. The trail was originally part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route, a rail corridor that crossed the Hudson. The bridge was damaged and became unusable after a 1974 fire. In 1984, Conrail sold the entire property for one dollar to a felon who did not maintain it or pay taxes on it. During the 1990s, a broadband utility seeking to lay fiber optic cable paid the town to pass through the former corridor. The town used part of its payment to pave the route and open it as a public rail Trail in 1997. In 2009 and 2010, the trail was extended eastward, intersecting Route 9W and continuing to the POUGHKEEPSIE Bridge. The extension was paid for by stimulus funding. It is expected to be extended west, where it will border Route 299. In 1991, Ulster County seized the corridor west of the Hudson and gave it to Lloyd. Roughly USD 400,000 was spent to convert the trail to a rail trail through an easement from a broadband fiber optic utility for laying cable. The corridor was transferred to Lloyd and converted to a trail in 2009. The path is carried by several bridges, connects to four parking areas, and traverses a wetlands complex.

It was once the primary thoroughfare for freight being shipped to New England, and the New Haven yard at nearby Maybrook was once “the largest railroad yard east of the Mississippi River”. The trail formspart of the proposed Empire State Trail. It runs east through the hamlet of Highland over the Hudson River via the Pougkeepsie bridge. It connects the trail with the Dutchess Rail Trail to the east, creating a 30-mile rail trail system that spans the Hudson, with a total length of about 30 miles (50 km) The trail is supported by a local Rotary club, which built a pavilion along the trail. The pavilion includes a donated antique caboose. It also has a pedestrian walkway called Walkway Over the Hudson that connects to the trail’s eastern terminus at Route 44–55. It has been used as a tourist attraction by local residents and tourists. It will be used as part of a trail that will connect to the New York State Rail Trail, which will run from New York City to Long Island. In the U.S. it will be known as the Hudson Valley Trail.