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 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.
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