River-to-Ridge hosts a record-breaking 200,000 trail visitors in 2020

River-to-Ridge hosts a record-breaking 200,000 trail visitors in 2020.

The River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz is on track to host more than 200,000 visitors in 2020. The visitorship is more than double the number of visitors from the previous year.

Said Peter Karis, OSI’s vice president for parks and stewardship, “We always knew that the trail would be popular, but more than a place to recreate, River-to-Ridge is proving to be a place to safely get outdoors, connect with family and friends, or simply rejuvenate.”

“Being able to get out of the house and into nature is a major factor in maintaining mental and physical well-being during this pandemic, said Neil Bettez, supervisor for the Town of New Paltz.

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“The trail has become a sanctuary, an invaluable ritual for many. Our community is incredibly lucky,” said village mayor Tim Rogers.”

Throughout the year, the River-to-Ridge Trail has continued to host community gatherings and outdoor events, including the release of rehabilitated peregrine falcons and tree plantings to benefit the Wallkill River, while closely adhering to public health and safety guidelines.