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Hudson Valley Rail Trail
Explore the paved four-mile, east to west, Hudson Valley Rail stretching from the Hudson River through the hamlet of Highland. Whether you prefer to run, walk or inline skate, the Rail Trail is a picturesque and enjoyable way to experience the beauty of the Hudson Valley.
A Hudson Valley Scenic Route
Lined with hardwood forests for much of its length, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail provides a shaded corridor to view a canopy of trees and rock cuts. If you pay attention, you’ll notice wildflowers growing in the crevices of the rocks.
As the trail approaches its western end, it crosses the Black Creek Preserve, a beautiful marshland and wildlife haven. The Hopewell Depot, built in 1873 and once serving as a busy railroad hub, offers a museum and historical photo gallery at the end of the trail.
There are four parking areas along the trail, by Haviland Road, Commercial Avenue, the Rotary Pavilion, and at Tony Williams Park. The trail is fully paved and suitable for hiking, bicycling, rollerblading, cross country skiing, and wheelchair use.
“This is a treasure in the Hudson Valley of New York. It’s a great ride with numerous scenic views and a great walking or jogging trail. It’s very family friendly and the vibe is always good.“