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The trestle is closed to the public as of October 2011.

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) and OSI acquired 11.5 miles of the former Wallkill Valley Railroad in 2009, doubling the length of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The highlight of this purchase is the iconic 940-foot-long Rosendale Railroad Trestle, perched 150 feet over Rondout Creek in Rosendale.

Extensive restoration of the 116-year-old railroad trestle is needed and work began in September 2011. The trestle is currently closed to allow work crews access, but when it’s reopened the entire length of the trestle will be safe for public use for the first time since it was an active railroad.

When completed, the expanded Rail Trail will connect hamlets along the Wallkill River Valley – from the southern border of Gardiner all the way to Kingston – and will take users on a journey through scenic woodlands, open fields, and farmlands. Residents and tourists alike will have access to the extension for a variety of recreational activities, including biking, walking, running, horseback riding and cross country skiing, while discovering an assortment of wildlife and enjoying panoramic views.

The expanded Rail Trail will provide a draw for Rosendale businesses.

With its spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Binnewater Lakes region and the hamlet of Rosendale, the trestle will highlight a greatly expanded outdoor resource that will draw hikers, bikers, equestrians and other outdoor enthusiasts to Rosendale and surrounding communities.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is an excellent example of open space making a difference in a region’s economy. Currently, the Rail Trail attracts nearly 30,000 visitors annually, many from out of state. They come to enjoy the recreational diversity of our region while staying in our local inns, eating at our local restaurants, and shopping in our local businesses.. The expanded Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is expected to attract a dramatic increase in the number of visitors.

Media exposure has already generated considerable interest in this project, and there will be much more as our progress continues. Tourists who had never considered a visit to Rosendale will begin to look toward the Rail Trail as part of their visit to the area.

How long until the Trestle is restored?

Estimates indicate it will take about 12 months to complete the restored Trestle. But your help can accelerate the process.

What can I do?

Help WVLT and OSI by endorsing this project throughout Rosendale. Join us at the many planned events and help us publicize them. Become an ambassador and advocate for this important recreational and cultural resource in your community.

Finally, help us reach our financial goals by becoming a sponsor of the Trestle project with a contribution.

How do I get more information?

You can sign up for information here or contact us.

Christie DeBoer
info@wallkillvalleylt.org
Wallkill Valley Land Trust, Inc.
64 Huguenot Street/PO Box 208
New Paltz, NY 12561
845-255-2761
845-306-5447 fax
www.wallkillvalleylt.org

Tally Blumberg
tblumberg@osiny.org
Open Space Institute
1350 Broadway, 201
New York, NY 10018
212-290-8200
212-244-3441 fax
www.osiny.org