OLD ERIE PATH;
SPARKILL-NYACK, NEW YORK
RAYMOND G. ESPOSITO TRAIL;
NYACK, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: June 20, 2012
Length: Old Erie Path; 3.4 miles
Raymond G. Esposito Trail; 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Old Erie Path; Easy to Moderate. Hard packed dirt & gravel rail trail. Slight grade. Some washout issues. Mt bike recommended.
Raymond G. Esposito Trail; Easy. Relatively flat, hard packed gravel rail trail.
To Start from Franklin Street Park (Raymond G. Esposito Trail); From I-87/287 take exit 12 to Route 303 south. Take the Route 59 exit and head left (east) to Nyack. Turn right on S Franklin St, then left on Cedar Hill Ave (next to Franklin St Park) and park along street.
To start from the Depot Square parking lot (Old Erie Path); 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 & Piermont Branch. The paved Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail travels from Oak Tree Rd to Depot Square, then northwest to Greenbush Rd in Orangetown. From Depot Square heading northeast the partially developed Old Erie Path travels through Sparkill to Nyack where it becomes the hard packed gravel Raymond G. Esposito Trail.
Starting from the Depot Square parking lot ; A map board is located here for the Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail.
Note; The paved Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail travels northwest and southwest from this parking lot.
Head right (north) along the paved path to an intersection with a narrow stone-dust trail veering right. A sign reads "Piermont-Nyack". This is the start of the Old Erie Path. Follow this narrow trail to the intersections of Orangeburg Rd, Highland Ave, Piermont Ave and Main St. Caution; No crosswalk. Cross the road, head past the gate and underneath Route 9W along a wide, hard packed dirt & gravel path. This old rail trail slowly ascends along a ridge line with a brief view of Sparkill Creek down below. A few rocky sections but fairly smooth going. Cross Hudson Terrace at 1.1 miles and you'll come to the old Piermont Train Station. The trail improves some as you continue along the wooded ridgeline. Views of the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge in the distance. Check out the large houses lining the ridge, most with elaborate stairs leading down to the trail. You cross an old RR bridge over a gorge. Check out the old brownstone abutments. Cross a gravel Rd at 2.4 miles and the hard packed dirt trail starts a slight descent as pass through Hader Park in Grand View-On-Hudson. This section of the trail is less developed, narrow and has some wash-out issues. At 2.8 miles an opening in the tree line affords you great views of the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge. Cross S Broadway Ave at 3.4 miles and you'll enter into S Nyack where the Old Erie Path becomes the Raymond G. Esposito Trail. This wide, hard packed gravel trail briefly travels alongside Route 9W and over I-87/287 before bringing you down alongside S Franklin St at 4.1 miles. This urban stone-dust trail then brings you through Franklin Street Park, where you'll find playgrounds, picnic tables and a water fountain. The trail then ends after 4.5 miles at Cedar Hill Ave.
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