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.

Improvement work on the 3.5 miles of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the Town and Village of New Paltz continues. Expect construction crews to be active along this section, from Plains Road (Sojourner Truth Parking Lot) north to Craigswood Rd during the week. The Rail Trail should be passible, but please respect trail closed signs and active equipment. Specifically, expect activity at road crossings while appropriate trail crossing road safety measures are installed. 

Expect temporary closures and plan your trip accordingly. If there are construction signs blocking the Rail Trail, do not proceed or move the signage.

Please note that paving in New Paltz is only taking place on the 1/2 mile of Rail Trail between these two roads.

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.

Starting November 14, 2021 for a 4 week period, a section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail will be completely closed as a small bridge is removed and replaced just past mile marker 10, south of the Wallkill River and Springtown Road. During that time, users will have to detour, and information on detour routes including a map will be posted on our website and shared on our social media soon. 

To review the funding and more details around this project, please see the Empire State Trail Press Release.

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.