D & H CANAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR:
HURLEY RAIL TRAIL:
MARBLETOWN O & W RAIL TRAIL:
D & H CANAL TRAIL:
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HURLEY-KERHONKSON, NEW YORK
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Planted: July 14, 2008
Last Updated; July 12, 2014
Length: Kingston Link Trail; 1.8 miles
Hurley Rail Trail; 2.2 miles.
Marbletown O & W Rail Trail; 11.4 miles.
O & W Rail Trail: Kerhonkson to Accord; 3 ｽ miles.
D & H Canal Trail: High Falls; ｽ mile
Difficulty: Kingston Link Trail; Moderate. Flat, narrow rail trail only partially developed.
Hurley Rail Trail; Easy. Flat, paved rail trail.
Marbletown O & W Rail Trail (Russell Rd to Route 213); Easy. Flat, stone-dust rail trail.
Marbletown O & W Rail Trail (Route 213 to Rest Plaus Rd); Moderate. Flat, narrow rail trail. Hard packed cinder & grass with some root issues.
Marbletown O & W Rail Trail (Rest Plaus Rd to Kripplebush Creek); Difficult. Soft grass surface with root issues. Tough biking.
O & W Rail Trail: Kerhonkson to Accord; Moderate. Flat, grass, hard packed dirt and cinder rail trail.
To start from Hurley; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 19 to Route 28 west. Exit onto Route 209 south and follow for about a mile. Just after crossing over Esopus Creek, on your left will be a parking lot for the trail.
To start from the Marbletown parking lot; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 19 to Route 28 west. Exit onto Route 209 south and follow for about 4 miles. Just after the paved trail enters the woods on your left will be a road leading to the parking area. The stone-dust section of trail starts here.
To visit High Falls; Follow Route 209 to the junction of Route 213. Take Route 213 into High Falls.
To start from Kerhonkson; From the junction of Routes 55 & 209, Follow Route 209 northeast into Kerhonkson. At the traffic light turn right down Frances Lane and follow across the Rondout Creek Bridge. Take you池e first left onto Main St (does not look like a normal Main St) and you'll come to the Firehouse on your left. Parking is located on your right. To reach the Berme Road parking lot continue past Main St on Frances Lane and take a left onto Church St. At the end of Church, turn right on East St, then left onto Berme Rd. The parking lot will be on the left.
The D & H Canal Heritage Corridor runs for thirty-five miles in central Ulster County. This route traces the Delaware & Hudson Canal, the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad, and the scenic Rondout Creek. The Hurley Rail Trail & Marbletown O & W Rail Trail follow the route of the abandoned O&W Railroad from Hurley to High Falls. The Kingston Link Trail is a partially developed spur trail off the Hurley Rail Trail that will bring you into Kingston. Future plans call for converting the old rail line east through town into a rail trail and connecting into the future Kingston Point Rail Trail. Furthermore, this trail would someday link into the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail . Further south another section of the abandoned O&W Railroad runs from Accord to Kerhonkson. For more information visit; D & H CANAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR & MARBLETOWN O & W RAIL TRAIL . More trails are located south where you can ride along the old D&H Canal towpaths and locks, as well as, the O&W Railroad. See; D & H Canal Linear Park . Another section of the D & H Canal can be found near the Pennsylvania border, See; D & H Canal; Port Jervis .
HURLEY/MARBLETOWN O & W RAIL TRAIL:
Starting from Hurley; The Hurley Rail Trail is paved as it follows the old rail bed of the former O&W Railroad south. A map board is located here and there are informational signs scattered along the trail. The trail parallels Route 209. However, a nice buffer of plantings helps separate you from the road. Cross over a cement culvert after a 1/4 mile (next to an informational sign about "farming in the Esopus Valley").
Note; Look left to spot a small path leading down the embankment. This connects to the Kingston Link Trail. This trail follows the former O&W Railroad into Kingston. It has been cleared, but not developed. Heading left the narrow, cinder and grass trail travels along a marsh. Come to a gravel Rd after a 1/4 mile. Take a right, then a quick left and your back on the trail following a power line corridor. The mostly grass trail parallels Esopus Creek below. Continue straight past an electrical sub-station, cross a couple of culverts and travel alongside a field before reaching an access road off of Hurley Ave at 1.3 miles. Spot a trail sign here. Cross the road and travel through a tunnel underneath I-87. Here the trail is less isolated. Come to the "Super 8 Motel" where you'll follow the grass out to Washington Ave at 1.8 miles. The old RR tracks to your left lead out to Route 209 (just north of the start of the Hurley Rail Trail). I believe this is the old Ulster and Delaware rail corridor that will be used for the proposed Catskill Mt Rail Trail .
Continuing along the trail you'll travel underneath the Main St bridge at 0.8 miles, a spur on your left will take you up to Main St.
Note; Heading right along Main St will bring you to Historic Hurley. Main St has the oldest concentration of privately owned Stone Houses in the United States, dating back to 1680. See; HURLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY .
One mile brings you to a signboard and the Russell Road parking lot. Keep an eye out to your left at 1.4 miles to spot an old railroad mileage marker that reads K3/E24, meaning 3 miles to Kingston or 24 miles to Ellenville. These markers occur every mile along the trail. The paved trail then heads into the woods and ends after 2.2 miles at the Marbletown parking lot. This is the start of the stone-dust section of trail along the Marbletown O & W Rail Trail. A map board is located here. The trail here is wide as you cross a wooden bridge and head into the woods. After you cross a second bridge you travel keep a sharp eye out to your right for a small path at 2.6 miles. The path takes you over a 2 planked bridge along a dirt path. Spot a boulder with a tree growing out of its backside straight ahead. From this boulder head right along the base of 2 split boulders and you'll come to another large boulder jutting out. Follow the base of this boulder to a pile of rocks under its ledge. Remove the flat rock to reveal the D & H Canal Heritage Corridor North Letterbox. Continuing along the trail you値l pass by a ｽ mile marker on your right. These markers start from the parking lot and continue every ｽ mile, although they eventually disappear. The trail travels along a ridgeline with a steep drop along your right. You travel alongside a large marsh with several beaver lodges at 4.4 miles. You reach the Marcott Road parking lot after 5.6 miles. Here you値l find a map board and bench. After crossing the road, the trail gets a bit narrower. Keep an eye to your right at 6.4 miles after crossing a wooden bridge and spot an old cement railroad Whistle marker. This let the train conductor know a road crossing was approaching so he could blow the trains whistle. The trail soon veers to the left off the old rail bed and brings you around the Cottekill Firehouse and past the old Cottekill Train Station, now a private residence. You next cross over Cottekill Road and rejoin the trail. You come to an old bridge abutment at 7.1 miles and have to head downhill to a wooden bridge across a creek and then head back up the other side. Very scenic area. Must have been a long railroad bridge at one time. You cross another wooden bridge at 8.1 miles and come to the Leggett Road parking lot at 8.6 miles. Here you値l find another map board and picnic tables. The trail continues across the road and consists of a hard packed gravel surface with some root issues. Mountain bike is recommended. You cross a couple of wooden bridges before the trail turns to single track as it passes by the old High Falls Train Station which is now a residential home. This brings you to Route 213 in High Falls after 9.2 miles.
Note; A quick ｽ mile detour from here to visit a section of the D & H Canal is highly recommended. If you head left on-road down Route 213 you値l first cross Lucas Turnpike (Route 1) and then Rondout Creek. Soon you値l come to High Falls. The D & H Canal passed through here and you can take a short ｽ mile trail along the old locks. You can also visit the D & H CANAL MUSEUM . The trail starts just off of 2nd Street, next to the old Depuy Canal House which was built in 1797 and is now a restaurant. A sign indicates the start of the stone-dust trail that takes you up to a wooden bridge and over one of the locks. The trail then takes you past 3 more locks and ends after just a ｽ mile. Directly across from the old Canal House is a platform overlooking an 1825 stone aqueduct. If you continue up Route 213 and take a right onto Mohonk Rd, this will bring you to the museum.
The trail continues across Route 213. No crosswalk. Head left to access a cross-light. Travel up a short berm to rejoin the rail trail where you'll find a map board. This section has been partially developed with a narrow, hard packed cinder & grass surface. Travel through a rock cut, along a berm and across a small bridge at 9.8 miles before you follow a ridge line above a stream. You'll come to Rest Plaus Rd where a new bridge returns you to the rail trail at 10.9 miles.
This last section consists of soft grass and roots which can turn very mucky after it rains. Tough biking. You'll come alongside Kripplebush Creek where you will spot a scenic barn with waterwheel across the creek, as well as, a small dam and waterfall. You come to a bridge after 11.4 miles above Kripplebush Creek. The trail continues south to Williams Lumber (Kyserike Rd). I have not checked out this section.
A gap exists between Williams Lumber (Kyserike Rd) and Town of Rochester Park in Accord.
O & W RAIL TRAIL [Kerhonkson to Accord]:
Starting from Kerhonkson; From the Firehouse, continue east along Main St and you'll come to a gate after 0.2 miles. The grass-lined single track trail starts here following the old rail bed of the former O & W Railroad northeast. The D & H Canal crossed somewhere along this section, but I couldn't spot where. The trail travels through the woods and soon crosses a small bridge at 0.4 miles. The trail improves with a crushed cinder surface but you still have to contend with the occasional tree root. Down to your left is Rondout Creek. After 1.1 miles you cross a larger wooden bridge. Continuing along the trail, you'll pass by the Berme Road parking lot at 1.3 miles on your right. At about mile 2 will be a dirt path on your left leading to a picnic table overlooking the creek. After passing through a rock cut the trail ends at 3 ｽ miles next to the Town of Rochester Park in Accord. There is a picnic pavilion and playground here. Out to your right is Granite Rd (Route 27).
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