Thanks to your help, the Rosendale Trestle OPENED June 2013! 150 feet high, 940 feet long, and a iconic landmark of this extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Together the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and Open Space Institute completed the $1.5 million fundraising for the restoration of the trestle!
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust, in partnership with Open Space Institute, acquired 11.5 miles of rail bed in Rosendale and Ulster including the Trestle in 2009, and since then we focused on restoring the trestle. The $1.5 million campaign for the Trestle restoration was celebrated a grand opening June 29, 2013 and the trestle is now open dawn to dusk every day.
WVLT and OSI partnered to raise $1.5 million to fund the restoration of the trestle, once part of an active railroad that ferried Ulster County produce down to markets in New York City. Major support for the campaign came from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, the Dyson Foundation, the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy, the Friends of the Shawangunks, the Mohonk Preserve and more than 110 individual donors.
To access the trestle, you can park at the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot.*
*Travel Route 213 west (through the Town of Rosendale if you coming from Route 32) and drive UNDER the trestle. Immediately after the trestle you will see Binnewater Road, make a RIGHT. Travel 1/4 a mile up Binnewater Road and you will see the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot on your left. Park and cross the road to access the rail trail and the trestle.
We are now working on the rest of the extension of the Rail Trail, and the signs we have posted along the 11.5 mile extension, asking for everyone's patience as there is still a lot of work ahead!
The extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail goes to Route 32 and Rockwell Lane in the Town of Ulster.
Adding 11.5 miles to the existing 12.2 miles of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in Gardiner and New Paltz is a very exciting project. We greatly appreciate all of your support and hope you are enjoying the now 24 mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust holds conservation easements on the current rail trail in Gardiner and New Paltz, and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, a separate not-for-profit , advocates and work with the towns on those sections, and is actively participating on the extension sections.