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LeafDo you enjoy the Dutchess Rail Trail?   So do we!   That is why we are working to make the Dutchess Rail Trail even better!

Ever since we first began planning the Dutchess Rail Trail, our goal has been to make a true community park.   That is why we held community outreach meetings in each of the towns the DRT passes through, to get feedback and input from residents.   That input has been invaluable to us as we have developed the DRT and opened each Phase for use.

So many people have enjoyed the Dutchess Rail Trail and many have asked how they can help to continue to make it better.   That is where the Dutchess Rail Trail Advisory Council comes in.  The DRT Advisory Council is a group of volunteers who are working to improve the Dutchess Rail Trail and make it even better for all of us.  This brochure will give you some ways that YOU can help get involved with the Dutchess Rail Trail and support this recreational gem.

~ About the Dutchess Rail Trail Advisory Council ~

The Dutchess Rail Trail (DRT) Advisory Council is a committee of volunteers working to promote and enhance the Dutchess Rail Trail.   Council membership includes representatives from a variety of trail users including walkers, bicyclists and runners as well as residents   representing the trail host communities of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill.

The Dutchess Rail Trail is being constructed by the County, with federal transportation grants funding 80% of the cost. However, very few amenities can be obtained with federal funds.

The goal of the Dutchess Rail Trail Advisory Council is to provide trail amenities  to help make the DRT a world-class multi use trail, a true community asset.

Functions of the DRT Advisory Council include:

  • Build partnerships and solicit sponsorships to improve and promote the DRT.
  • Coordination of volunteer activities.
  • Outreach communication  to DRT users and host communities.
  • Recommend possible DRT improvements.

Values of DRT Advisory Council members are:

  • Views the DRT an environmentally friendly transportation alternative for people to get to work/school commitments.
  • Views the DRT as a way to connect communities and individuals.
  • DRT promotes healthy exercise and living for all ages and abilities.
  • DRT provides a safe outdoor experience in both urban and suburban settings.

For more information on the Dutchess Rail Trail Advisory Council, contact Steve Olsen, Dutchess County Director of Parks and co-chair of the Dutchess Advisory Council at (845) 298-4600 or email


~ How Can You Support the Dutchess Rail Trail? ~

You can help make the Dutchess Rail Trail a world-class facility with a monetary donation or with a donation of your time and talent in the following ways:


Fern Adopt-A-Trail Sponsorship*

As an Adopt-A-Trail sponsor, your organization will be responsible for litter clean-up along a designated half mile section of the DRT four times per year.   The Dutchess County Department of Public Works will provide safety vests and garbage bags and will remove the collected garbage afterwards.    Your sponsorship and efforts will be recognized with signage at each end of the assigned segment as well as on the Dutchess Rail Trail website,

Adopt-A-Trail is a perfect opportunity for scout or youth organizations, schools, civic or  environmental clubs, town committees, local businesses as well as fraternal or religious  organizations to make a positive contribution to the health and well-being of our Dutchess County community.   Additionally, this project allows your organization to gain name recognition and exposure to thousands of trail visitors.


Fern Adopt-A-Garden Bed Volunteers*

Do you have a green thumb?   Would you like to put your gardening talent on display for  thousands of trail users?   Why not Adopt-A-Garden Bed along the Dutchess Rail Trail?

The Adopt-A Garden Bed responsibilities include purchasing appropriate annual or perennial plants, bed preparation and planting, occasional weeding and watering as needed to keep the garden area in good condition.  

Signage would be posted at the garden bed to recognize the adopting group.


Rail Trail Leaf *Information About Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-A-Garden Bed

Maps with designated trail sections or garden bed areas are available. To learn more about either DRT’s Adopt-A-Trail or the Adopt-A-Garden Bed programs,  please contact Brad  Barclay, Park Planner at (845) 486-2059 or email


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