HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL SOUTH LETTERBOX:

MILLERTON-WASSAIC, NEW YORK

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Planted:              June 28, 2004

Length:               Wassaic Train Station to Millerton Station; 10.8 miles

                             Coleman Station to Letterbox; 1 miles 

Difficulty:          Easy. Paved flat trail.

Directions:

To start from the Wassaic Metro-North Train Station;  From Routes 22, 44 & 343 in Amenia, follow Routes 22 & 343 2.6 miles south to the train station parking lot in Wassaic. Note; Parking is free only on weekends and holidays. You can take the Metro-North train from NY to this station, including your bike. For more information visit; METRO-NORTH

To start from Amenia; From Routes 22, 44 & 343 in Amenia, follow Route 343 east and take your first right on Mechanic St. The trail parking lot is just down this street on the left. 

To start from Coleman Station; From Amenia head north 4.3 miles on Routes 22 & 44. Turn right on Route 58. The parking lot will be to your right after a mile where the trail crosses Route 58. 

To start from Millerton Station; From Amenia head north on Routes 22 & 44 to the town of Millerton. Turn right on Route 44 and you'll quickly come to the trailhead on your right. Parking is located to your left.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail follows the rail bed of the former New York & Harlem Railroad, which was built in 1851 and became the Harlem Division of the New York Central Railroad in the 1870's. When complete it will run 46 miles from Wassaic to Chatham, NY. The trail starts from the Wassaic Metro-North RR Station and travels north to the old Millerton RR Station. Currently, there is an undeveloped gap from the old Millerton RR Station to Under Mountain Rd in Copake. From Under Mountain Rd the trail continues north, passing by the old Copake Falls Station (where you can access TACONIC STATE PARK) and currently ending at Orphan Farm Rd in Copake Falls. The last section up to Chatham is currently undeveloped. For more information visit;  HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL . See; Harlem Valley Rail Trail North  for the northern section.

Starting from the Amenia parking lot; You'll find a signboard here, as well as a Porto-potty.

Note; If you headed south, the trail would take you 2.6 miles to the Wassaic Train Station, where the Metro-North Line operates.

Heading north, the trail starts out traveling through a wooded area until you cross over Route 343 after a mile and encounter farmlands. You pass through a rock cut at 1 miles and a marsh at 2 miles. There will be a nice bench overlooking the marsh just shy of 3 miles and you'll reach the old Sharon Rail Station at just over 3 miles.  The old station is now a private residence. Just short of 4 miles you reach Coleman Station parking lot. There is a signboard here, as well as a Porto-potty. Just across the road is an historic signboard that explains the local history, including that this area was once a part of Connecticut. You pass by a reclaimed landfill at 4 miles and cross over an old railroad trestle at 5 miles. At 5.4 miles you cross under what looks like a railroad trestle, but when we took a closer look, it appears to have been a road or other crossing. Another bridge crossing at 5 miles and then you pass through a steep rock cut at 5 miles. Right after you pass through this rock cut, at about the 6 mile mark, you will come to a wooden mile post that reads 90.S (sta. 477 + 840). Look to your right to spot a stone wall descending down the rock cut. At the base of the stone wall will be a white rock, next to a flat rock leaning against the stone wall. You may also spot this area by looking for 3 rocks on top of each other in front of a tree next to the trail. Behind the tree is the flat rock in the stone wall. Behind the flat rock is the Harlem Valley Rail Trail South Letterbox. Another mile brings you to a bridge over Downy Rd. Mill Rd parallels the trail to your left. You come alongside a brook at 7 miles and cross the brook a couple more times further up. You reach Millerton and cross over Route 44 to the currant end of the trail next to the old Millerton Freight Station after 8 miles. There are shops and places to eat here, as well as a parking lot. The original NY & Harlem Rail Station, built in 1851, is located on the west side of the trail and contains a florist shop, while the old NY Central Rail Station , built in 1910 is located on the east side of the trail

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