Phase III of the Dutchess Rail Trail is now open with 6.5 new miles trail through the LaGrange and Wappinger, linking to East Fishkill!
Today, people can enjoy our two wonderful rail trails - the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in the eastern portion of the county and the Dutchess Rail Trail in the central portion. Both of our rail trails offer opportunities for exercise and enjoyment by users of all ages and for all forms of non-motorized transportation.
Our Dutchess Rail Trail will be a 12-mile linear park stretching through the heart of the County from Morgan Lake on the Town/City of Poughkeepsie border through the towns of LaGrange and Wappinger, ending in East Fishkill with a trailhead in the Hamlet of Hopewell Junction.
Two sections of the Dutchess Rail Trail are open for residents to enjoy. The longest section of the Dutchess Rail Trail starts at the Hopewell Depot and runs for 8 miles up to Old Manchester Road. Phase II is a 2.4 mile section that stretches from Morgan Lake to Overocker Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. We look forward to the construction and completion of the final 2 phases of the Dutchess Rail Trail in 2013.
Our beautiful Harlem Valley Rail Trail offers more than 10 miles of scenic trail through the communities of Millerton, North East, Amenia and Wassaic. Plans are underway to complete Phase IV of the HVRT, which will span approximately 8 miles and complete a key link in the Rail Trail between Millerton in northeastern Dutchess County and Ancram in southeastern Columbia County.
The rail trails of Dutchess County are wonderful opportunities to connect with family, friends and neighbors. Grab your sneakers, your bike or your rollerbladers and come out to discover the Dutchess Rail Trail and the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.