Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

New Paltz to South Kingston
  • 13 miles
  • 4 - 7 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes

Trail Overview

This off-road Empire State Trail section begins in New Paltz (various public parking options are available in the Village). The route follows the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail 13 miles north to where the trail ends at a parking area at the intersection of Route 32 and Rockwell Lane (2 miles south of downtown Kingston). The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail has a new stonedust surface, welcoming hikers and bicyclists of all ages and abilities (although some cyclists who ride road bikes with narrow, high-pressure tires prefer not to ride on stonedust). The scenic trail winds through mature woods, past historic iron works, and over the historic Rosendale railroad trestle. There are a number of parking areas along the route; however public services are available only in New Paltz and Kingston. Horses are allowed on this trail section.

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: 3 mph S
Humidity: 53%
Feels like: 84°F
Trail Elevation




B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

1850 House Inn and Tavern

The 1850 House Inn & Tavern provides a unique travel experience, allowing guests to go back in time to the historic downtown Rosendale of the 1800s, while enjoying the contemporary comfort and convenience of this lovingly restored inn. Featuring a mixture of vintage decor and modern furnishings, there are 11 stylish guest rooms, which include a spacious two-bedroom suite, all with Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as private bathrooms. Located just 90 miles from New York City and nestled in the Hudson Valley between the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains, the 1850 House Inn and Tavern is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. It is at the center of the region’s historic sites, arts, music, dance, and nature. The inn overlooks the Rondout and is just a few minutes walk from the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and just a few miles from Minnewaska and Mohonk Preserve.

Hungry Ghost Guest House

3 rooms on quiet 20 acre property. Hot tub. Gym. Extra outdoor shower! Rail trail. Pond. Robes and flipflops. Vegan/glutenfree cooking lessons, swim lessons, running instruction. Guided runs.

Moondance Ridge Bed & Breakfast

All suites are equipped with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, cable TV and high speed internet. Common area. Guest rooms are decorated in the theme of some of the most famous people of Hollywood's golden era, making your stay interesting as well as fun.

The Stone House Bed & Breakfast

5 Rooms. 4 Private baths. Early Hudson Valley Dutch Estate with architectural features dating from the original Dutch settlement of the New Netherlands. Whirlpool tubs in some rooms. Many antiques. Dining room, lounge and Wi/Fi.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Mohonk Mountain House

An award-winning National Historic Landmark Resort and Historic Hotel of America, this grand 265-room Victorian castle resort is located just 90 miles north of NYC. Owned and operated by the Smiley Family since its founding in 1869, the resort has provided guests with recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in a beautiful natural setting for 148 years. In addition to the award-winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House, the resort features a wealth of year-round recreation including a spectacular Skating Pavilion, rock climbing, and 85 miles of trails for seasonal hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The grounds feature exquisite gardens, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and stables for horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner prepared by award-winning chefs or a signature cocktail from our Carriage Lounge crafted by our in-house mixologists. Overnight rates at Mohonk Mountain House include charming accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, and most resort activities. Reservations are required for overnight, spa, and meal guests. Day passes available.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Clove Cottages

Relax, refresh and recharge when you stay in one of our eight seasonal housekeeping cottages, located just eight miles from the village of New Paltz, NY in a scenic, peaceful and private rural setting. We offer homemade granola, organic coffee and Sunday homemade scones delivery. Each is simply and comfortably furnished. There is a kitchen, bed, bathroom, A/C and heater in each, and a fireplace, screened porch and jetted bath in some. Linens are provided. Free WIFI. Pet & Eco-friendly. Solar powered. Llamas and chickens onsite. Near wineries, historic attractions and fantastic hiking at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Preserve. Open May-November.


The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House

Relax and renew in the award-winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House. The 30,000-square-foot Spa wing includes 16 treatment rooms, solarium with stone fireplace, outdoor heated mineral pool, indoor heated swimming pool, comprehensive fitness center, and yoga/motion studio. Popular treatments include the Solutions for Modern Living services that address the stresses of daily life and Signature Elements of Nature treatments inspired by Mohonk's natural surroundings. In addition, treatments for men and teens are offered, as well as private yoga, meditation, or Peace in the Pool sessions. The eco-friendly Spa uses a geo-thermal system to heat and cool the building, features a "green roof,” and was built to bring the outside in by incorporating nature into all aspects of architecture, design, and decoration. Reservations are required in advance.