Thanks to your help, the Rosendale Trestle is OPEN! 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 have nearly completed the $1.5 million fundraising for the restoration of the trestle, but we still have $120,000 to go! The Open Space Institute has committed a generous 4:1 matching challenge grant. We need your help. With the challenge grant, this is the perfect time to make your gift today.
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 almost 4 years ago and since then we focused on restoring the trestle. The $1.5 million project (for just the restoration of the trestle) celebrated a grand opening June 29, 2013 and the trestle is now open dawn to dusk every day.
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!
This all is a work in progress, but the extension of the 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.
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.