WRS Dutchess Rail Trail

Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie
  • 13.5 miles
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 13.5-mile Empire State Trail section is an off-road paved trail, dedicated to bicyclists and walkers only. This section begins at a trailhead parking area in Hopewell Junction, several hundred yards west of Route 82, which includes a railroad depot museum and public restrooms. The trail follows the William R Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail northwest from there, passing through wooded areas, local parks, and residential communities. This section ends in Poughkeepsie at Walkway Over the Hudson State Park, which is a spectacular 1.5-mile park built on an historic railroad bridge high above the Hudson River. Parking, visitor centers and public restrooms are available at both ends of the Walkway. Trail users can access a variety of local businesses in Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, and smaller communities along the route.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 6 mph N
Humidity: 58%
Feels like: 83°F
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Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Best Western Plus: The Inn & Suites at the Falls

Overlooking a scenic waterfall on the banks of Wappingers Creek, this 40-room hotel includes eight modern suites. Included in the stay, guests are welcomed to enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast as well as a nightly glass of wine or bottle of beer in their cocktail lounge. 

Courtyard by Marriott - Poughkeepsie

149 rooms incl. 12 suites, 2 meeting rooms. Indoor pool, free WiFi, free parking, fitness room, media pods, lobby lounge area with home theater. Spacious rooms with luxury bedding, flat-screen TVs with premium channels/HBO. The Bistro serving breakfast and dinner, 24/7 Starbucks, evening bar, 24-hr. market, landscaped outdoor courtyard. Business center with boarding pass printing station. Smoke-free environment.

Days Inn By Windham Poughkeepsie

After an activity-filled day in Dutchess, make yourself at home in Poughkeepsie in one of the 66 guest rooms. During your stay, guests can enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, served daily, an indoor pool, and access to a fitness center - plus, you'll be centrally-located to explore the area!

Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie

Enjoy a comfortable stay in Poughkeepsie in one of the 129 guest-rooms and suites. Conveniently located off of Route 9, guests are within minutes of major local attractions. During your stay, take a part of the complimentary hot breakfast, or make a splash in the indoor heated pool.  

Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie

Enjoy your stay in Poughkeepsie in one of the 121 fully renovated rooms in this hotel that is conveniently located near Route 9. Kick start your day with a Smart Start Breakfast which includes a full complimentary hot breakfast buffet featuring pancakes and is available daily. On a beautiful day guests are also welcomed to enjoy the outdoor pool and patio that is opened seasonally. 

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center

Enjoy a stay in Poughkeepsie in this newly renovated full-service hotel with the on-site restaurant The Market Street Bar and Grill. Guests can choose from 200 rooms including suites and ADA accessible rooms. Available daily to all guests is a complimentary full hot American style breakfast. This hotel also provides shuttle services to the nearby Poughkeepsie Train station. Tour groups welcome. 

Residence Inn Marriott Poughkeepsie

Make yourself at home during your stay in Poughkeepsie in one of the 128 rooms and spacious suites. Whether you are staying for a night, a weekend, or a few weeks, spread out in one of the newly renovated hotel suites with fully equipped kitchens, ergonomic workstations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. After a night of rest, fuel up for the day with a free hot breakfast buffet. Guests are also welcomed to use the fitness center and then spend time at the indoor pool, hot tub, outdoor Sport Court®, and fire pit. On select evenings, head to The Residence Inn Mix™ for complimentary beer and wine while meeting with fellow travelers.