HOOSIC RIVER GREENWAY:
HOOSICK FALLS, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: July 17, 2015
Length: Hoosic River Greenway; 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail. The middle section follows a grass levee.
To Start from Water Works Road parking lot; From the intersection of Routes 7 & 22 just outside Hoosick follow Route 22 north. Travel 3.2 miles, crossing over the Hoosic River before turning right on Redmond St which turns into Carey St. Turn right on Water Works Rd and follow to the end where you'll find the trailhead.
To Start from Church Street parking lot; From the intersection of Routes 7 & 22 just outside Hoosick follow Route 22 north. Travel 3.8 miles into Hoosick Falls. Continue straight on Church St when Route 22 turns right. Just before the bridge over the Hoosic River spot a parking lot on your right.
The Hoosic River Greenway follows the old rail line of the Boston Hoosac Tunnel & Western Railway, which was formed in 1878. A rival railroad, the Troy & Boston, also served Hoosick Falls Village. After Fitchburg Railway purchased both lines in 1890, the Boston Hoosac Tunnel & Western Railway ran eastbound trains, the Troy & Boston westbound. The Fitchburg lines were purchased by Boston & Maine in 1902. For more information visit; HOOSIC RIVER GREENWAY .
Starting from the Water Works Road parking lot; A map board is located here. Head right along the stone-dust Hoosic River Greenway. This shaded trail follows a berm above the Hoosic River to your left. Just before you travel underneath Route 22 at 0.5 miles spot an old cement RR mileage marker reading B163, which I believe refers to 163 miles to Boston. At 0.7 miles the trail follows a grass berm along the river. A bit tough to bike. Travel underneath the RR bridge and you'll emerge onto Water St. Travel on-road (low traffic) out to Church St and cross over to the Church Street parking lot at 1.3 miles. Use Caution no crosswalk. A small park here overlooks the Hoosic River. The trail continues north as stone-dust entering woodland. You'll pass by an old cement RR Whistle marker on your left. You follow a ridgeline with the river below. Isolated. The trail turns inland as you cross a culvert over a small creek. A short section of hard packed dirt brings you out to Sewer Plant Rd at 2.2 miles. To your left is an active RR line.
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