JOSEPH B. CLARKE RAIL TRAIL:
ORANGETOWN-TAPPAN, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: June 20, 2012
Length: Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail; 2.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from Oak Tree Road; From the Palisades Interstate Parkway take exit 5S to Route 303 south. Turn left on Oak Tree Rd and you'll quickly come to a small parking lot on your left.
To start from the Depot Square parking lot; From the Palisades Interstate Parkway take exit 5S to Route 303 south. Turn left on Washington St, which becomes Main St. You pass by a playground an take an immediate left, then right on Depot Square where you'll find parking next to the trail.
The Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail, Old Erie Path and Raymond G. Esposito Trail follow the former right-of-way of the Erie Railroad's Nyack and Piermont Branch. The paved Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail travels to Depot Square, then northwest to Greenbush Rd. From Depot Square heading northeast you may also access the Old Erie Path , which in turns becomes the Raymond G. Esposito Trail . For more information visit; RAILS TO TRAILS .
Starting from Oak Tree Road parking lot; A map board is located here. The paved Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail travels along an open corridor alongside some transmission lines. Cross Washington St after a mile via the brick cross-walks. You'll travel past a small playground and another map board at the Depot Square parking lot before encountering a stone-dust trail intersection at 1.1 miles. A sign reads "Piermont-Nyack".
Note; The stone-dust trail is the start of the Old Erie Path which eventually turns into the Raymond G. Esposito Trail .
Continuing along the paved trail ("Orangeburg-Blauvelt") you follow a shaded residential corridor until you cross Kings Highway and rejoin the open corridor alongside the transmission lines. Cross Sparkill Creek at 1.9 miles and pass by the water treatment plant. Cross a bridge over Route 303 before coming to the current end of the trail at Greenbush Rd after 2.5 miles. Another map board located here.
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