LIBERTY RAIL TRAIL:
LIBERTY, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 2, 2010
Length: Liberty Rail Trail; 2.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Flat, rail trail with varying surfaces. Old asphalt, road, grass, hard packed dirt, cinder & gravel.
To start from Chestnut Street; From Route 17 take exit 99 to N Main St and head left. Turn right at the intersection of S Main St & Chestnut St (Route 52). Trailhead on left just before a sharp left turn.
The O & W Rail Trail runs along the former rail bed of the Ontario & Western Railroad. The O & W operated from 1868 until 1957 and ran from Weehawken, NJ to the shores of Lake Ontario, passing through the southern Catskills. Once completed, the O & W Rail Trail will be a 24-mile multi-use trail that connects the Towns of Mamakating, Fallsburg & Liberty and travels through the Villages of Woodridge and Liberty. It will connect into the D & H Canal Linear Park and the BashaKill Wildlife Area. See; D & H Canal Linear Park . Currently 3 sections have undergone some development. From the south, a section from Mountaindale to Woodbridge has been developed (split in two by an on-road section), as well as, a section from South Fallsburg to Hurleyville. See; O & W Rail Trail . This third section in Liberty is called the Liberty Rail Trail.
Starting from Chestnut Street; A map board is located here next to a small parking area. The crushed gravel trail follows the old rail bed along an old road to a cul-de-sac on Spur St. The trail then narrows as it continues to follow old State St (deteriorated blacktop/gravel) along a power line. Pass by a sub-station and gate at 0.6 miles continuing to follow new State St through an industrial area. Cross Lake St (Route 55) and continue along State St until it ends at 1.1 miles. Here you'll re-enter the rail trail (much more scenic now) as it travels into the woods and through a rock cut. Hard packed dirt, gravel, cinder and grass surface, rough in spots. Travel along a berm with a steep drop along the left. Cross Carrier St (map board), then Upper Ferndale Rd where you'll need to bear right to another map board to get past a gate at 1.6 miles. The trail now follows a power line along a grass trail before entering the deep woods along a grass and hard packed gravel surface. The trail improves with crushed gravel and cinder at 2 miles as you travel along a berm and ridgeline with another steep drop off. Pass through a deep rock cut and then the trail ends at 2.6 miles. A knifes edge leads to the top of a ridge where there must have been a long RR bridge in the past. You can hear the traffic from Route 17 in the distance.
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