Watch video from the Dutchess Rail Trail Bridge - Opening Ceremony
Welcome to Dutchess Rail Trail!
The Dutchess Rail Trail is our 13 mile multi-use linear county “park” that runs through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill, with a direct link to the Walkway Over the Hudson and the regional trail network.
Our Dutchess Rail Trail has captured the interest and the anticipation of residents from all across Dutchess County and beyond. Hundreds of residents came out to participate in the various informational meetings we hosted throughout the communities along the trail where they shared their ideas and thoughts about the creation and design. This fall, Dutchess County residents and visitors alike will see this shared vision come to fruition.
Sections of the Dutchess Rail Trail have been open and actively enjoyed by users of all ages since 2008 when Hudson Valley Magazine named Phase I of the Dutchess Rail Trail the “Best New Hiking Trail in the Hudson Valley”. As additional sections have been completed, use and acclaim have grown exponentially.
With the culmination of the construction of the trail this fall, the Dutchess Rail Trail will link directly to the Walkway Over the Hudson and the regional trail network. The Dutchess Rail Trail’s new bridge over Route 55, the Wappinger Creek and Old Manchester Road, completes the 13-mile continous paved trail from the Walkway over the Hudson, to the restored Hopewell Depot at its East Fishkill Trailhead in the hamlet of Hopewell.
Building the Dutchess Rail Trail has one of our top priorities and we celebrate its final completion. So come on out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors with a stroll or bike ride with family and friends along the Dutchess Rail Trail
Rail Trails Can Build Healthier Lifestyle (.pdf) - from Aug. 14, 2011 Healthy Living Section of the Poughkeepsie Journal