New Paltz Section Construction to Begin

New York State is again partnering with the Open Space Institute and the Town and Village of New Paltz to improve an additional 3.5-mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a key link in the Empire State Trail in Ulster County.This new project is expected to improve overall public access to the Rail Trail; establishing additional safety and experience advancements for residents and visitors; and reinforce the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail’s inclusion as part of the Empire State Trail.

Starting August 24th, large machinery will be on the Rail Trail in New Paltz from Water Street Market north to Mulberry Street. Expect temporary closures and plan your trip accordingly. If there are construction signs blocking the Rail Trail, do not proceed or move the signage.

Rail Trail users may encounter short-term trail closures on some weekdays into the fall to accommodate construction; no trail closures will occur on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays.

The Rail Trail segment for this work runs from Cragswood Road in the Town of New Paltz, south through the Village to the Empire State Trail trailhead at Sojourner Truth Park as illustrated in the map to the right.

To read the full announcement by the Governor, click HERE.