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.
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