There are multiple access points for the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. You can access the trail from Gardiner, Sojourner Park in New Paltz, Binnewater Rd in Rosendale, and Rockwell Lane in Kingston.
Kingston/ Rockwell Lane Parking
To reach parking at the northern terminus from I-87, take Exit 18, and turn left to merge onto NY 299 W. In 1.0 mile, turn right onto New Paltz Bypass/N. Putt Corners Road. In 1.4 miles, turn left onto Shivertown Road, and go 1.1 miles; then turn right onto NY 32 N, and go 11.2 miles. Turn left off the highway onto Rockwell Terr., and go 0.1 miles to Rockwell Lane. Continue straight into a new gravel parking lot. Head to the far end of the parking lot and turn left to begin your journey south.
Rosendale/ Rosendale Trestle/Binnewater Pater Parking Lot
From the North:
Take I-87 to Exit 19/Kingston at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Washington Ave. After .8 miles, turn right onto Lucas Ave. After another .8 miles continue onto the Lucas Avenue Extension. After 7 miles, turn left onto Binnewater Rd. After 2.9 miles, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Parking Lot in Rosendale/ Rosendale Trestle/Binnewater Pater Parking Lot will be on your right (after Iron Mountain).
From the South:
Take I-87 to Exit 18 at New Paltz, NY. Make a left at light onto State Route 299/Main Street, New Paltz. Turn right at first light onto North Putt Corners Rd. Travel 1.4 miles and make a left onto Shivertown Rd. Take Shivertown Rd. down the hill and make a Right at the blinking light onto SR-32 North. After 5.9 miles, go over the blue bridge, and make a Left onto Main Street, Rosendale (Rte 213 West). Travel along Main Street (look up as you travel under the Rosendale Trestle) then make an immediate right onto Binnewater Rd. About .3 miles up the road, look for the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Parking Lot in Rosendale/ Rosendale Trestle/Binnewater Pater Parking Lot on your left.
New Paltz /Sojourner Truth Parking Lot
Take I-87 to Exit 18/New Paltz. After toll booth, make a left at the light onto SR-299/Main Street. After 1.2 miles, turn left onto South Chestnut St. / SR-208. After .2 miles, turn right onto Mohonk Ave. After another .1 miles, turn left onto Plains Rd. Follow Plains Rd. around the bend and Sojourner Truth Park/ Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Parking Lot will be on your right.
There is no designated parking area at the southern terminus, but trail users can find a parking lot 2.5 miles north in Gardiner. To reach this parking lot from I-87, take Exit 17 and continue straight toward NY 300. Turn left onto NY 300 N., and go 2.7 miles. Continue straight onto NY 32 N, and go 9.2 miles. Turn left onto US 44/Main St. in Gardiner. In 2.5 miles, turn right onto Second St. Parking is found immediately on the left, opposite the trail. From this trailhead, as you face the trail from the parking lot, you may either turn left and head 2.5 miles to the southern terminus or turn right to pick up the trail heading north.