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What it’s like to walk the new Ashokan Rail Trail

What it’s like to walk the new Ashokan Rail Trail

Having heard enthusiastic reports from friends who’ve walked or biked the Ashokan Rail Trail since the October 18 opening of the West Hurley trailhead, I was curious to get a look at the western section, which opened on Thanksgiving Day. I live in Phoenicia, so the trailhead on Route 28A near Boiceville is only eight minutes away.

Take the Secret Saugerties photo challenge

Take the Secret Saugerties photo challenge

Now, every town has its cool stuff, but some of these discoveries are mind-blowing. Did you know that the first stained-glass window commission undertaken by the William Morris Company for an American client, with panels designed by Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Morris himself, was the 1867 Vanderpoel Window that hangs in Saugerties’ Trinity Church?

Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail opens

Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail opens

The Mohonk Preserve Foothills Loop Trail is now open, expanding the Mohonk Preserve Foothills trail network and extending the River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz. The 2.2-mile loop trail, which is free and open to the public, begins near the intersection of Pine and Butterville Roads, follows the newly established Ridgeview Road to Lenape Lane and continues around the White Oak Bend Path to Pine Road.

New 11.5-mile rail trail promises great fall foliage views

New 11.5-mile rail trail promises great fall foliage views

The Ulster County-built Ashokan Rail-Trail, a long-awaited public recreational walkway (the county prefers the term “shared-use path”), will be opened to the public on Friday, October 18. First proposed in 2012, the 11.5-mile trail is ten to twelve feet in width, with a compacted crushed-stone surface that allows accessibility to persons with disabilities and limited mobility.

Rail-trail party this Saturday in Kingston

Rail-trail party this Saturday in Kingston

The Kingston Land Trust will celebrate the opening of the Kingston Point rail-trail’s first phase from Jansen Avenue to Garraghan Drive with a free community block party this Saturday, September 21 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rondout Savings Bank parking lot at 300 Broadway in Kingston.