ORANGE HERITAGE TRAIL:
GOSHEN-HARRIMAN, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 19, 2018
Harriman to Goshen; 13 miles
Goshen Extension; 3.3 miles
Crane Park Loop; 1.6 miles
Harriman to Goshen; Easy. Flat, paved rail trail.
Goshen Extension; Easy. Flat, stone-dust rail trail.
To start from Monroe; From
I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 16 to Route 17 west. Take exit 130 to
Route 208 south.
start from the Orange & Rockland Road parking lot;
Take a right when you see a sign that reads "Village of Monroe" (This
is Orange-Rockland Rd). There are two parking areas on this road. The first will
be a Park & Ride Lot B on your left 0.3 miles along this road,
followed by a small trail parking lot on your left just past Lot A.
start from Airplane Park;
Continue along Route 208 south to Route 17M and turn left. Take your
first left onto Millpond Pkwy and the park is on the left.
To start from Goshen; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 16 to Route 17 west
or from I-84 take exit 4E to Route 17 east. Take exit 124 to Route 207
north (Greenwich Ave). Next take a right down Green St
and a left on St. James Place. The parking lot is on the left across from the trail.
To start from Goshen; From I-87 (NY State Thruway) take exit 16 to Route 17 west or from I-84 take exit 4E to Route 17 east. Take exit 124 to Route 207 north (Greenwich Ave). Next take a right down Green St and a left on St. James Place. The parking lot is on the left across from the trail.
The Orange Heritage Trail
runs along the
former rail bed of the Erie Railroad. This railroad originated at Piermont,
Starting from Airplane Park in Monroe; From the
Park (which has an old jet plane in it, hence the name), the Orange
Heritage Trail travels along the berm up to the right (east). To
access the trail travel south along Millpond Pkwy and you’ll quickly come to
an access path that takes you through the
guardrail up to the trail.
Before setting out, you may elect to ride a 1 ˝ mile Loop
Trail around Crane Park.
Head left back to Route 17M where
you’ll find a crosswalk over to the paved trail across Millpond Pkwy. Follow
the paved trail south between the Park and Route 17M,
passing by Upper Monroe Pond. Cross
Lake St traveling along the Lower Monroe
Pond. You pass a small gazebo and butterfly garden before passing a small
stone dam and coming to Stage Rd at 0.8 miles. Head left (sidewalk) up Stage Rd
and you’ll quickly return to the paved trail on your left as it travels north
between Millpond Pkwy and Lower Monroe
Pond. Cross Lake St again and continue alongside Upper Monroe Pond. You’ll pass by the spur up to the Orange
Heritage Trail at 1.5 miles and complete your loop back to Airplane
Park after 1.6 miles.
Starting from the Airplane Park Access
here the trail travels both North and South.
Heading South; The paved trail travels south above Millpond Pkwy, passing by Mileage Marker 9.5 miles to Goshen, 0.5 miles to Monroe. There are mileage markers every ˝ mile (they start in Goshen) along the trail through Monroe. The trail then bears left through town past beautiful brick buildings passing by the 0 Mileage Marker (10 miles to Goshen). You then enter a wooded residential corridor, cross a bridge over Mapes Pl, then travel underneath Freeland St after 1.2 miles where the trail is more isolated. Pass by a marsh and Mountain Lakes on your left. A small brook is along your right. The trail currently ends after 2.6 miles next to an old RR bridge that needs to be rehabbed. This would bring you to River Rd in Harriman.
North; The first thing I noticed was
the presence of Police Bike Patrols, as well as a Police golf cart that travels
the trail. There are mileage markers every ˝ mile (they start in Goshen) along
the trail. The paved trail travels underneath Route 208 and after 0.8 miles you
pass by the Park & Ride Lot B parking
area. Across Orange & Rockland Rd is Orange-Rockland Lake. Just beyond the 1 mile mark you'll spot an old
railroad mileage marker JC50, meaning 50 miles to Jersey
City. You then pass by the Orange
& Rockland Road parking lot at 1.1 miles. Here the trail heads into the
woods and travels along a berm traveling underneath Route 17 at 1.9 miles where
you’re afforded some great views of the rolling hills to your left. Cross an
old RR bridge (over Route 51) with a parallel bridge next to it that still has
tracks laid out at 2.2 miles. This must have been a double wide railroad bed.
Continuing along the trail, after crossing over two more bridges, you travel
along a steeper berm as the trail becomes more remote. A Police sub-station sits
alongside the trail at 3.8 miles. The building behind it houses a homeless camp,
which explains the CCTV cameras dispersed along the next section of the trail.
After crossing another old RR bridge over Seely
Brook, some old tracks are still laid out along the left side of the trail,
along with an old rail car and two flatcars. Next you pass below a railroad
trestle at 4 ˝ miles. The trail then passes through open fields and begins a
slight upgrade. You pass by the old Chester Railroad Depot at 5.3 miles (parking available here) and travel through a rock cut with thick
stone block walls. Cross Black Meadow
Creek at 6.9 miles and Old Chester Rd at 7.4 miles. As the trail tops out at
8.8 miles, keep an eye out to your right to spot an old Whistle stop
marker. You come to a map board at 9.1 miles and cross South St. Next you pass
by the 0 mile marker at 9.3 miles and finally come to the end of the paved trail
in Goshen at 9.6 miles. The Goshen parking lot is located
directly in front of you.
To continue north along the Goshen
Extension; Continue straight
through two parking lots and you'll come to Route 207 (Greenwich Ave). Cross
over to Railroad Ave (Use Caution; no crosswalk)
and follow it down to W Main St. Use the cross-walk over to Grand St. Pass by
the gazebo type structure on your left and travel in front of the old Goshen
Train Station, now the Police Station. Just past the station bear left along
the sidewalk away from Grand St and back along Railroad Ave. At the end of the
sidewalk continue straight on Railroad Ave to a cul-de-sac. Continue straight
along a sidewalk and through a gate. Travel left along a gravel road and right
past a large yellow building. This will bring you to a paved road. Continue
straight and you'll see the trailhead on your right past a gate and bench at 3/4
miles. The trail is wide and gravel based (probably doubles as a service road).
It's a pretty open trail until you travel underneath Route 17 at 1.2 miles and
head into the woods with a stream along your right. The trail becomes more
isolated as you follow a causeway between a pond and large marsh. Couple of
benches located along here. You cross 6 1/2 Station Rd at 2.3 miles and continue
past the yellow gate. Here, the trail is narrow with a stone-dust base, but
travels along a wide grassy strip. You'll spot an old railroad box on your right
just before you cross over an old double-tracked railroad bridge. This brings
you to Hartley Road after 3.3 miles where the trail currently ends.
Plans call for continuing the trail 4 miles northwest to Middletown. Construction is
slated to begin in 2018.
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