Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Lloyd to New Paltz
  • 9 miles
  • 3 to 5 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 9-mile Empire State Trail section begins in the Town of Lloyd, 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 the Park. The route runs west from the Walkway for 7 miles on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, which is a paved off-road trail, dedicated to bicyclists and hikers only. The final 2 miles of this section, from where the Route 299 bridge crosses the NYS Thruway into downtown New Paltz, is an on-road section, appropriate for experienced bicyclists and walkers comfortable traveling on road shoulders next to vehicle traffic. This segment ends in the Village of New Paltz, at the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail at the intersection of Route 32 and Mulberry St.

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: 5 mph SW
Humidity: 80%
Feels like: 75°F
Trail Elevation


B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Stonegate Bed & Breakfast

A 19th Century Victorian in a village setting centrally located near New Paltz, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie and Hudson Valley Parks, Rail Trails, Wineries Mansions and Colleges. Four guest rooms with private baths, TVs, A/C, king/queen beds, tastefully decorated and restored; one room with fireplace. Full Breakfast served in dining room. Rates $120 to $170 per night.

The Inn at Kettleboro

The Inn at Kettleboro is an 1830 Dutch Colonial offering modern amenities in a beautiful historic setting. Located on a 12 acre apple and peach orchard we feature four beautiful guest rooms all with private baths. The public rooms bring you comfort and relaxation while you enjoy the warmth of a fireplace or the magnificence of a sunset. Savor a country breakfast prepared fresh every morning with local and organic ingredients. Being just 3 miles from the village of New Paltz this historic inn offers accessibility and convenience to all those traveling in the Hudson River Valley.

Watergrasshill Bed & Breakfast

Historic charm, modern convenience and scenic surroundings make our late 19th century farmhouse one of the best places to stay in the Hudson Valley. Our B&B is nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and Hudson River- placing you in the midst of outdoor recreation beyond imagination. Our four charming guest rooms with private baths offer you comfort and tranquility. Every morning we prepare a locally sourced, seasonal breakfast for you to enjoy. Inspired by our Irish heritage we invite you to stay at Watergrasshill B&B and experience a warm welcome.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Americas Best Value Inn

Americas Best Value Inn-New Paltz offers the most value for your money when staying for business, pleasure, or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms, a 24-hour front desk, free deluxe continental breakfast, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. All guest rooms include microwaves, mini-fridges, hairdryers, 32 inch flat panel cable TV, HBO, ESPN, and alarm clock radios.

Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz is your best choice within the Hudson Valley region of New York. We offer ideal accommodations and location whether you are in town for hiking, sightseeing, annual festivals, visiting SUNY New Paltz, or simply passing through on your way to Albany or New York City. At Americas Best Value Inn of New Paltz, our goal is to provide our guests a great experience, not just a place to stay.

We’re conveniently located just west of the New York State Thruway (I-87) and within walking distance to the Village of New Paltz. We offer extremely fast internet speeds for your convenience, to enable you to get work done, watch movies, or play games (up to 6 mbps download, up to .6 mbps upload).

Americas Best Value Inn

Conveniently located in Highland (NY), Americas Best Value Inn Highland Poughkeepsie is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city's top attractions: Walkway State Historic Park, Mid Hudson Bridge.

At the two-story hotel, the 21 rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi connections, so you can check email whenever you like. Flat-panel TVs with cable channels are among the amenities, as are microwaves and mini-fridges. Small pets are welcome for a nightly fee. Parking is free.

The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is about two miles from the hotel. Downtown Poughkeepsie is a 10-minute drive away. Marist College is six miles east, Vassar College is seven miles southeast and the New Paltz campus of State University of New York is eight miles west. Stewart International Airport is 22 miles south.

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz

Welcome to Hampton Inn New Paltz in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. Our hotel offers a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for your night away from home.
New Paltz has something for everyone. With shopping, hiking, and dining all nearby, there are plenty of possibilities for daily excursions. We are located close to SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College and Marist College. The Village and several restaurants are a short walk from the hotel. See our Things to Do page for more information.

We have chosen to decorate our rooms with local photography and we offer comforts of home, such as a 46-inch HDTV, microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffeemaker. Get a peaceful night’s sleep in the clean and fresh Hampton bed®. Keep in touch with free WiFi. We also offer accessible rooms.

Start the morning with Hampton’s free hot breakfast, including fresh-baked waffles, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, bacon and other favorites. In a rush? Our TREAT Shop is open 24 hours for drinks and snacks on the go, and there is always free coffee and tea in the lobby. Unwind after a busy day with a dip in the heated indoor saltwater pool, or burn calories in our 24-hour fitness center.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Hidden Cedar Inn

Large secluded estate with privacy. Accommodates 18+ people comfortably whether sleeping, dining, or partying. Six bedroom suites each with private full bathrooms, no sharing, two additional bathrooms in common areas. Fully stocked gourmet kitchen, six foot outdoor barbecue. Outdoor patio, beautiful old growth forest. Linens and towels provided. Amenities galore. 12 minutes to the town of New Paltz.

  • Visit Site
  • 98 Sinsabaugh Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

Dude Ranches

Rocking Horse Ranch

All-Inclusive Four Season Family Resort in the Hudson Valley. We’re more than just horses… We’re the most fun your family ever had! Nestled on a 500-acre spread in the heart of the scenic Hudson River Valley, Rocking Horse offers 4 seasons of activities for families of all ages. From our Winter Fun Park to Big Splash indoor waterpark, The Ranch provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s next big adventure. Enjoy three delicious meals daily, summer BBQ’s, afternoon chef’s tastings, pool parties, wine pairings and more. End the evening with our top-name family entertainment, featuring magicians, bonfire singalongs, comedians and jugglers. It’ll be the best family vacation you’ve ever had! Activities are for overnight guests only.