Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to introduce the future addition of the Dutchess Rail Trail to the offerings of the Dutchess County Parks Division. This initiative will give the majority of Dutchess County’s population access to a significant recreational amenity within minutes. This new facility will run through the very heart of Dutchess County. This $5-6 million dollar project, funded primarily with federal funds, will span from Morgan Lake in the City of Poughkeepsie to the former Hopewell Junction Depot in the Town of East Fishkill. The rail trail will follow the path of the Central Dutchess Utility Corridor Waterline, which has been constructed by the County and is nearing completion. This extraordinary undertaking involves the conversion of over 11 miles of the abandoned Maybrook Rail Line of the Penn Central Railroad to a paved bikeway/walkway with appropriate access in the City of Poughkeepsie and the Towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger, and East Fishkill. Existing structures carrying the proposed rail trail will be rehabilitated as necessary to safely carry bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Stage 1 from Bridge Street (Rt. 376) to Lake Walton Road in East Fishkill, is open for use. Stage 2 from Morgan Lake in the City of Poughkeepsie to Overocker Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie opened on July 9, 2009.
Directions to Rail Trail Parking:
Overocker Road Parking
Traveling East on Rt. 44/55 from the Mid-Hudson Bridge - continue on Rt. 44 bearing left at the Rt. 44/55 split. Proceed .6 miles on Rt. 44 to Peckham Rd. (Arlington Auto and Tire will be on the right.) Make a right turn onto Peckham Rd. and continue .2 miles to Overocker Rd. Turn right onto Overocker Rd. Rail Trail parking is on the left.
Traveling West on Rt. 44 from the Taconic State Parkway - continue on Rt. 44 for 8.5 miles to Peckham Rd. (Arlington Auto and Tire will be on the left.) Make a left turn onto Peckham Rd. and continue .2 miles to Overocker Rd. Turn right onto Overocker Rd. Rail Trail parking is on the left.
Creek Road Parking
From the intersection of Pendell Rd. and Creek Rd. (Dutchess Community College Campus) travel South .5 miles. Rail Trail parking is located on the right by Morgan Lake.
Route 376 Parking
From Route 9 in Fishkill turn East onto Rt. 52. Proceed 1.7 miles to Rt. 82 East. Travel 4.3 miles to Rt. 376; turn left onto Rt. 376 North. Proceed .5 miles to the Rail Trail parking lot on the left.
For additional project information, please click here
or visit the following address: http://www.dutchesscountytrails.com/.
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