Dutchess Rail Trail
From the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie to the Hopewell Depot Trailhead in East-Fishkill, the Dutchess Rail Trail offers 13.4 miles of paved scenic paths for all ages to enjoy. The rail trail is perfect for a variety of activities, including walking, running, biking and rollerblading. The fun can last all year round, as in the winter months, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There is also fishing access at various locations including the Sprout Creek Bridge.
The trail includes the Walkway Over the Hudson, a 1.28-mile long attraction showcasing breathtaking views of the Hudson River. In addition to getting some exercise, visitors can often taste local foods from pop-up trucks on both sides of the Walkway and can speak with the friendly Walkway Ambassadors who love to share information about this historic place. There are often special events on the Walkway and the rail trail where the community comes together, including walks for important causes and even dancing the Hokey Pokey to break a Guinness World record.
The Dutchess Rail Trail is open from dawn to dusk each day and can be accessed at various trailheads along the way with plenty of parking for visitors. Dogs are permitted on the trail, as long as they are on a leash.
The Dutchess Rail Trail used to be part of the Maybrook Railroad Line which opened in 1892 as a passenger and freight line. This railway included the only railroad bridge crossing the Hudson River between New York City and Albany, which was especially important during World War II. In 1974, a fire on this bridge caused an end to the use of this line. Through the efforts of many such as former County Executive William R. Steinhaus, the rail trail took the historic railroad’s place, providing enjoyment for local families and visitors alike.
“This trail is an easy ride for everyone. It’s well maintained with plenty of benches to rest and a mixture of sun and shady spots. The end of this trail leads right into the Walkway over the Hudson.”
—Jim, Trail Link
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