D&H CANAL TRAIL-O&W RAIL TRAIL CORRIDOR:
SULLIVAN & ULSTER COUNTIES, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 15, 2021
Length: Hurley Rail Trail; 2.2 miles.
Marbletown O&W Rail Trail; 12.3 miles.
D&H Canal Trail: High Falls; ｽ mile
O&W Rail Trail: Accord to Kerhonkson; 3 ｽ miles.
O&W Rail Trail: Ellenville to Napanoch; 2.6 miles
D&H Canal Linear Park; 6.3 miles [Phillipsport to Wurstboro/Mamakating Town Court parking lot]
Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Southern Section: 1.4 miles. Northern Section: Unknown, looks to be 1.2/3 miles.
O&W Rail Trail: Bashakill Wildlife Management Area; less than 6 miles.
Difficulty: Hurley Rail Trail; Easy. Flat, paved rail trail.
Marbletown O&W Rail Trail (Russell Rd to Route 213); Easy. Flat, stone-dust rail trail.
Marbletown O&W Rail Trail (Route 213 to Rest Plaus Rd); Moderate. Flat, narrow rail trail. Hard packed cinder & grass with some root issues.
Marbletown O&W Rail Trail (Rest Plaus Rd to Kripplebush Creek); Difficult. Soft grass surface with root issues. Tough biking.
O&W Rail Trail: Accord to Ellenville; Moderate. Flat, grass, hard packed dirt and cinder rail trail.
D&H Canal Linear Park; Moderate. Flat, hard packed gravel and grass trail.
Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Moderate. Flat, hard packed dirt grass & gravel trail.
O&W Rail Trail: Bashakill Wildlife Management Area; Moderate. Flat, grass and hard packed dirt trail. Mt Bike recommended.
To start from Hurley (Hurley Rail Trail) [Northern End]; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 19 to Route 28 west. Exit onto Route 209 south and follow for about a mile. Just after crossing over Esopus Creek, on your left will be a parking lot for the trail.
To start from the Marbletown parking lot (Marbletown O&W Rail Trail) [Northern Section]; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 19 to Route 28 west. Exit onto Route 209 south and follow for about 4 miles. Just after the paved trail enters the woods on your left will be a road leading to the parking area. The stone-dust section of trail starts here.
To visit High Falls (D&H Canal Trail); Follow Route 209 to the junction of Route 213. Take Route 213 into High Falls.
To start from Kerhonkson (O&W Rail Trail) [Central Section]; From the junction of Routes 55 & 209, Follow Route 209 northeast into Kerhonkson. At the traffic light turn right down Frances Lane and follow across the Rondout Creek Bridge. Take you池e first left onto Main St (does not look like a normal Main St) and you'll come to the Firehouse on your left. Parking is located on your right. To reach the Town of Rochester Park continue past Main St on Frances Lane and take a left onto Church St. At the end of Church, turn right on East St, then left onto Berme Rd. Follow Berme Rd to Route 27 and head left. After 0.9 miles turn left on Tobacco Rd into the park.
To start from Ellenville (O&W Rail Trail) [Central Section]; From Routes 52 & 209 in Ellenville travel east on Route 52 (Canal St not Center St) across Sandburg Creek and take your first left on Edwards Pl. A sharp right, then left takes you past the Ellenville Little League fields. Come to the end of the road next to the Ellenville Wastewater Treatment Plant and park here next to the trailhead.
To start from Phillipsport/Summitville (O&W Rail Trail-D&H Canal Trail) [Southern Section]; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 north and after 5.8 miles look for Bova Rd on your left and the entrance to D&H Canal Interpretive Center.
To start from Wurstboro (O&W Rail Trail-D&H Canal Trail) [Southern Section]; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 north into the village of Wurstboro. Then take a right down Sullivan St (Route 171) and you'll see a small pavilion on your left between Canal St and Burger Lane. This is where the D&H Canal Trail crosses. Continuing along Sullivan St, just as you start to leave town, on your left will be the start of the Mamakating O&W Rail Trail.
For the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area (O&W Rail Trail-D&H Canal Trail) [Southern End]; From Route 17 take exit 113 to Route 209 south. Travel 1.9 miles, ignoring the first sign you see for Bashakill on your left, until you come to Haven Rd on your left. Your first right on Towpath Rd brings you to the D&H Canal. Continuing on Haven Road across the Bashakill you'll cross the O&W Rail Trail. Take a left along the gravel road to the parking lot.
The D&H Canal Trail-O&W Rail Trail Corridor follows the Delaware & Hudson Canal [See; D&H Canal Historical MAP] and New York, Ontario & Western Railroad [See; O&W Historical MAP] route from Kingston south to Spring Glen in Ulster County and Phillipsport (Hamlet of Mamakating) south to Wurtsboro in Sullivan County. Another section of the D&H Canal Trail can be found in Port Jervis, near the Pennsylvania border in Orange County. See; D&H Canal; Port Jervis .
Two sections of the old O&W RR intersect in Summitville. For more information visit; O&W Rail Trail (Sullivan County) .
The D&H Canal Trail-O&W Rail Trail Corridor begins in Kingston in Ulster County [See; Kingston Historical RR Map] .
Along the Delaware & Hudson Canal remains of the original locks, dry-dock & waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. As a result of the War of 1812 Americans were faced with an energy shortage due to the blockade of shipments of soft (bituminous) coal from England. Designed as a system of transportation between the coal fields of Pennsylvania and the ports of New York along the Hudson River, the Delaware & Hudson Canal was one of many towpath canals constructed in the early years of the nineteenth century. The coal passed over a gravity railroad to haul coal from the mines to the canal terminus at Honesdale, PA. From its opening in 1828 to its demise in 1898, the D&H Canal transported millions of tons of anthracite coal. The canal was 108 miles long (Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY) and contained 108 locks, 22 aqueducts, 136 bridges, 22 reservoirs, 16 dams and 14 feeders. See; D&H CANAL LINEAR PARK for more information .
HURLEY RAIL TRAIL/MARBLETOWN O&W RAIL TRAIL:
[Hurley to Town of Rochester/Accord]
Starting from Hurley [Northern End]; The Hurley Rail Trail is paved as it follows the old rail bed of the former O&W Railroad south. A Map Board is located here and there are informational signs scattered along the trail. The trail parallels Route 209. However, a nice buffer of plantings helps separate you from the road. Cross over a cement culvert after a 1/4 mile (next to an informational sign about "farming in the Esopus Valley").
Note; Look left to spot a sign and small path leading down the embankment. This connects to the Kingston Rail Trail , which is partially developed, but slated for improvement in 2022.
Continuing along the trail you'll travel underneath the Main St bridge at 0.8 miles, a spur on your left will take you up to Main St.
Note; Heading right along Main St will bring you to Historic Hurley. Main St has the oldest concentration of privately owned Stone Houses in the United States, dating back to 1680. See; HURLEY HERITAGE SOCIETY .
One mile brings you to a signboard and the Russell Road parking lot. Keep an eye out to your left at 1.4 miles to spot an old RR Mileage Marker that reads E24/K3, meaning 3 miles to Kingston or 24 miles to Ellenville. These markers occur every mile along the trail. The paved trail then heads into the woods and ends after 2.2 miles at the Marbletown parking lot. This is the start of the stone-dust section of trail along the Marbletown O&W Rail Trail. A Map Board is located here. The trail here is wide as you cross a wooden bridge and head into the woods. Continuing along the trail you値l pass by a ｽ mile marker on your right. These markers start from the parking lot and continue every ｽ mile, although they eventually disappear. The trail travels along a ridgeline with a steep drop along your right. You travel alongside a large marsh with several beaver lodges at 4.4 miles. You reach the Marcott Road parking lot after 5.6 miles. Here you値l find a map board and bench. After crossing the road, the trail gets a bit narrower. Keep an eye to your right at 6.4 miles after crossing a wooden bridge and spot an old cement railroad Whistle marker. This let the train conductor know a road crossing was approaching so he could blow the trains whistle. The trail soon veers to the left off the old rail bed and brings you around the Cottekill Firehouse parking lot and past the old Cottekill Train Station, now a private residence. You next cross Cottekill Road where you'll find another parking lot and Map Board. You come to an old bridge abutment at 7.1 miles and have to head downhill to a wooden bridge across Cottekill Brook and then head back up the other side. Very scenic area. Must have been a long railroad bridge at one time. You cross another wooden bridge at 8.1 miles and come to the Leggett Road parking lot at 8.6 miles. Here you値l find another map board and picnic tables. The trail continues across the road and consists of a hard packed gravel & grass surface with some root issues. Mountain bike is recommended. You cross a couple of wooden bridges before the trail turns to single track as it passes by the old High Falls Train Station which is now a residential home. This brings you to Route 213 in High Falls after 9.2 miles.
Note; A quick ｽ mile detour from here to visit a section of the D&H Canal is highly recommended. If you head left on-road down Route 213 you値l first cross Lucas Turnpike (Route 1) and then Rondout Creek. Soon you値l come to High Falls. The D&H Canal passed through here and you can take a short ｽ mile trail along the old locks. You can also visit the D&H CANAL MUSEUM . The trail starts just off of 2nd Street, next to the old Depuy Canal House which was built in 1797 and is now a restaurant. A sign indicates the start of the stone-dust trail that takes you up to a wooden bridge and over one of the locks. The trail then takes you past 3 more locks and ends after just a ｽ mile. Directly across from the old Canal House is a platform overlooking an 1825 stone aqueduct. If you continue up Route 213 and take a right onto Mohonk Rd, this will bring you to the museum.
The trail continues across Route 213. No crosswalk. Head left to access a cross-light. Travel up a short berm to rejoin the rail trail where you'll find a map board. This section has been partially developed with a narrow, hard packed cinder & grass surface. Travel through a rock cut, along a berm and across a small bridge at 9.8 miles before you follow a ridge line above a stream. You'll cross a bridge over Rest Plaus Road at 10.9 miles where you'll find a Map Board and parking lot below left. Wide, crushed gravel surface. You'll come alongside Kripplebush Creek where you will spot the scenic Rest Plaus Grist Mill with waterwheel across the creek, as well as, a small dam and waterfall. Informational signs. You cross a bridge after 11.5 miles above Kripplebush Creek where the trail continues south in The Town of Rochester/Accord.
Note; As of Aug 2021 they were still upgrading part of this section.
Pass by an old RR Mileage Marker E14/K13 (Kingston 13 miles to Ellenville 14 miles) on your left. The trail then bears left, then right past Williams Lumber and out to Kyserike Rd at 12.3 miles.
Note; Plans are to continue the trail another 1.2 miles to Lucas Tnpk. Not started as of Aug 2021.
Note; Another 2 mile gap exists from Lucas Tnpk south to the Town of Rochester Park in Accord. Need to acquire land as of 2021.
O&W RAIL TRAIL:
[Town of Rochester/Accord to Napanoch]
Starting from Town of Rochester Park in Accord [Central Section]; There is a picnic pavilion and playground here. The trail begins next to a Map Board by the Park entrance. The hard packed dirt, gravel & grass O&W Rail Trail travels south into the woods following the rail bed of the former O&W Railroad. You pass through a rock cut. After about 1.5 miles look right to spot a dirt path that leads to a picnic table overlooking Rondout Creek. Continuing along the trail, you'll pass by the Berme Road parking lot at 2.2 miles on your left before crossing a wooden bridge. Cross a small bridge at 3.1 miles. The D&H Canal crossed somewhere along this section, but I couldn't spot where. Come to Main St at 3.3 miles and continue on-road (residential) before coming to the Main Street parking lot across from the Kerhonkson Fire Dept after 3.5 miles in Kerhonkson.
Note; A gap exists south to Foordmore Rd in Kerhonkson. Need to acquire land as of 2021.
From Foordmore Rd in Kerhonkson; The trail has been cleared and deemed ridable (don't know the conditions) south to the NYS Dept of Corrections Facility in Napanoch (don't know the mileage). I Haven't checked out this section.
The trail around the Prison was still under construction as of March 2021.
O&W RAIL TRAIL:
[Ellenville to Napanoch]
Starting from Edwards Pl parking lot in Ellenville [Central Section]; The parking lot is next to the Ellenville Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Note; The map shows the trail starting from Berme Road Park, however, as of Aug 2021, I could find no path linking the park to the trailhead. It appears the plan would be to create a trail around the Ellenville Little League fields, that you passed by, to cross over the old D&H Canal, which still exists alongside Berme Rd and connect to Berme Road Park. The old D&H Canal travels north from the park (old Lock 27 here?) and eventually combines with the O&W Rail Trail, but it has not been developed.
Heading North from the end of Edwards Pl, the O&W Rail Trail passes by the Ellenville Wastewater Treatment Plant before heading into the woods. The surface varies and consists of hard packed dirt, gravel and grass. Some sections are easy, while others are a bit bumpy. After 0.7 miles you cross a bridge over Sandburg Creek. Here the trail combines with the old D&H Canal. Notice the old stonework. You then follow a berm before coming alongside Rondout Creek along your left. Scenic section. Smoother except for some occasional tree roots. You then cross a driveway at 1.3 miles. Berme Rd is on your right. Continue straight along a grassy section past a house and pond before entering the woods again. Here you'll find a stone section of the old canal (old Lock 27?). Travel above the creek and you'll soon come to a split rail fence on your right, across which sits the old 1902 NY, O&W RR Napanoch Station , which now houses a museum. An old caboose resides next to it along with an old Freight House? Come to a gate at 1.8 miles on your right. This will give you access to check out the old Depot. Great views of the stone Eastern Correctional Facility. Impressive structure.
The prison first opened as the "Eastern New York Reformatory". Its imposing main building, with medieval-style turrets and long green copper roof, was designed by architect John Rochester Thomas. The site was chosen partly for its easily available stone, and the transport provided by the adjacent Delaware & Hudson Canal. The state's Ulster Correctional Facility was built on the grounds in 1990.
Continue along the creek via a short cement trail, passing a small gazebo, which brings you to Institution Rd in Napanoch at 2 miles. Cross the road where a gravel road continues alongside the creek. You travel past the prison cemetery (notice the inmate numbers on the headstones) and come to a grassy berm. Continue straight along this berm to the wooden Decker's Crossing Bridge which crosses the old D&H Canal out to Berme Rd at 2.6 miles. Informational sign. The next section continues north alongside Rondout Creek but has not yet been improved. If you look north you can see where the canal started off the river. Lock 26 located north somewhere.
O&W RAIL TRAIL:
[Ellenville to Spring Glen]
A 5 mile section of the old rail bed has been acquired south from Ellenville to Spring Glen with plans to convert it to a rail trail. No known progress as of 2021.
D&H CANAL LINEAR PARK:
[Phillipsport to Wurstboro]
Starting from Phillipsport;
Located here off Bova Rd
Center. Lock 50 of the canal is
located here (there were a total of 108 locks between Hornsdale, PA
and Kingston, NY) as well as informational signs and wooden mileage posts. This is a grass lined
trail that follows alongside the old canal (called Basher Kill).
Note; Heading North the D&H Canal Trail ends at Route 209. See the Map Below for directions to visit Locks 42-45 nearby. I have been unable to locate these locks.
Heading South the D&H Canal Trail follows the old canal along your right and a marsh along your left. After a mile you come to Summitville Rd. Turn right and cross the bridge You'll pick up a gravel trail on your left which takes you up to the old O&W RR bed. Information signs (D&H Canal/O&W RR) and picnic tables here lead to an overlook of Route 209 and the old canal across the road. A trail leads down to the Route 209 parking lot in Summitville at 1.1 miles. Cross over Route 209 where the D&H Canal Trail continues. USE CAUTION AS THIS IS A HIGH SPEED ROAD AND THERE IS NO CROSS-WALK.
Note; To access the Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Northern Section. Head left (north) from the D&H Canal Trail along Route 209 and take a quick right on Ferguson Rd. A small incline takes you past a yellow gate on your right. Continue around a bend to spot the trailhead and the start of the Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Northern Section.
Continuing South the D&H Canal Trail follows the old canal along your right The canal is wider and more open along this section with a marsh along your left side. The trail is double-track grass and gravel, but contains multiple wooden culverts that you must cross over. Can be annoying on a bike. There is also a picnic table and Porto-Potty here. Soon you enter the woods. This was as far as I traveled. Somewhere the Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Northern Section joins from your left. You come to Leadmine Rd which brings you to McDonald Road after 3.5 miles.
Note; To access the Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Southern Section, head left along the gravel McDonald Rd. You'll come to a gate & Map Board on your right after 0.1 miles and the trailhead.
Head right along McDonald Rd over the canal where the wide dirt, grass & gravel D&H Canal Trail continues south through the woods. Cross an iron bridge over the canal before traveling past open fields. Re-enter the woods and come to an intersection at 4.2 miles.
Note; Right leads to the Hornbeck's Basin parking lot which has a Porto-Potty.
Continuing along the trail you cross Ferguson Lane after 4.7 miles in Wurstboro. Kiosk here. Cross an iron bridge over Willsey Brook, pass by a Map Board and cross Pine St bearing right. This brings you to a pavilion with benches, a picnic table and an informational sign next to Sullivan St in Wurstboro at 5.1 miles. The D&H Canal Trail crosses over Sullivan St and goes around a sub-station. Here the trail is hard packed dirt and grass. The trail crosses Pennsylvania Ave to a Map Board at 5.3 miles and continues south past the Emma Chase School. Here the grass trail follows a berm along a power line before coming to a gravel road at 5.6 miles. Continue along the gravel road before coming to a stone-dust trail on your right after 6 miles.
Note; Heading right up this wide stone-dust trail brings you to the Mamakating Town Court parking lot after 0.3 miles.
The D&H Canal Trail continues straight as a hard packed dirt, grass & gravel trail south through the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area. This was as far as I traveled.
MAMAKATING O&W RAIL TRAIL:
Starting from the Sullivan Street parking lot in Wurstboro; A Map Board & paper maps are located here.
Note; Across Sullivan St is the old Wurstboro RR Station, but the old station and RR bed is not accessible heading south to S Rd. You can access the old rail bed off S Rd (See Map) but the trail is only partially developed (hard packed dirt, grass and tree roots) as it travels south through the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.
The Mamakating O&W Rail Trail; Southern Section heads north into the woods consisting of a hard packed dirt, grass and gravel surface. Cross an old RR bridge over Basher Kill at 0.4 miles where a causeway takes you through a marsh. Pass a gate and come to McDonald Rd after 1.4 miles. Map Board.
Note; From here you may access the D&H Canal Trail by heading left along the gravel McDonald Rd. Come to Leadmine Rd and a bridge over the D&H Canal at 1.5 miles. Here you can continue north along the D&H Canal Trail by heading right up Leadmine Rd where you'll pick up the trail or you can cross the bridge and head left (south) along the D&H Canal Trail back to Sullivan St. Then travel left on-road back to the Sullivan Street parking lot creating a nice Loop. See; D&H Canal Linear Park above.
Bashakill Wildlife Management Area:
[Wurstboro in Mamakating]
The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area consists of 2,175 acres and is the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern NY. There are 15 miles of trails and several observation towers. One trail follows the D&H Canal, which borders the Bashakill on the west and another follows the old O&W Rail Trail along the east side.
From the Mamakating Little League parking lot; Head right on-road along South Road to the trailhead on your right. The dirt and grass O&W Rail Trail travels south along the old RR bed. I didn't check out this section. The trail is less than 6 miles passing through the Haven Road parking lot, Main Boat Launch parking lot, Nature Trail parking lot and ending near the South Road parking lot at the end of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.
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