List of rail trails in New York

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This list of rail trails in New York lists former railroad rights-of-way in New York that have been converted to rail trails for public use.


Trail name Length Location Original Rail Road
Akron Clarence Trail ? ? ?
Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail 9 miles (14 km) Approx. 4 miles (6.4 km) are paved, 5 miles (8.0 km) unpaved [1] Albany County Albany and Susquehanna Railroad (Delaware and Hudson Railway)
Allegheny River Valley Trail 5.6 miles (9.0 km)[2] Allegany and Cattaraugus counties ?
Andes Rail Trail 1 mile (1.6 km) plus 1 mile (1.6 km) Bullet Hole Spur Andes, Delaware County Delaware and Northern Railroad
Auburn Trail 9 miles (14 km) from Powder Mills Park through Victor to Mertensia Park in Farmington Ontario County Auburn and Rochester Railroad
Ballston Bike Path 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Saratoga County Schenectady Railway Company
Black River Recreational Trail 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Jefferson County New York Central Railroad
Bog Meadow Brook 2 miles (3.2 km) Saratoga County ?
Canalway Trail ? ? Mostly towpath trails, but parts, like the Mohawk-Hudson Trail (below), use former rail beds.
Catharine Valley ? ? ?
Cato–Fair Haven Trail ? Cayuga County ?
Catskill Scenic Trail 26 miles (42 km) from Bloomville to Roxbury Delaware County Ulster and Delaware Railroad
Chautauqua Alison Wells Ney ? ? ?
Chautauqua Brocton Area Recreational Trail ? ? ?
Chautauqua Laurie A. Baer Trail ? ? ?
Chautauqua Nadine and Paul Webb Trail ? ? ?
Chautauqua Nancy B. Diggs Trail ? ? ?
Chautauqua Ralph C. Sheldon Jr. Trail ? ? ?
Chautauqua Village of Mayville Trail ? ? ?
Corning Bike Path ? ? ?
DnH Canal Heritage Corridor North ? ? ?
DnH Canal Heritage Corridor South ? ? ?
Dutchess Rail Trail 25 miles (40 km) Dutchess County Central New England Railway
Electric Trolly Trail, Pittsford 1.8 miles (2.9 km) Shoen Place to Marsh Road Pittsford, Monroe County Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway (interurban, aka the Orange Line)
Fonda, Johnstown, and Gloverville Rail Trail ? ? ?
Genesee Valley Greenway 54 miles (87 km) Jefferson Road Rt. 252 to Letchworth State Park Monroe and Livingston Counties Genesee Valley Rail Road (Pennsylvania Railroad)
Gorge Trail ? ? ?
Harlem Valley Rail Trail ? Dutchess County New York and Harlem Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
High Line 1.4 miles (2.3 km) Gansevoort Street to 34th Street Manhattan New York Central Railroad
Hojack Trail Cayuga ? ? Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (the Hojack Line)
Hojack Trail Hamlin 14 miles (23 km) Wiler Road to East Kent Road Monroe County Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (the Hojack Line)
Hojack Trail Hilton 2.8 miles (4.5 km) Salmon Creek Park to North Greece Road Monroe County Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (the Hojack Line)
Hojack Trail Hannibal 6.6 miles (10.6 km) Viele Rd. to Martville Rd. Wayne County Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (the Hojack Line)
Hojack Trail Webster 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Vosburg Rd. to Orchard Park Webster, Monroe County Lake Ontario Shore Railroad (the Hojack Line)
Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail [3] ? Tannersville, New York ?
Hudson Valley Rail Trail 4 miles (6.4 km)[4] Lloyd Central New England and Western Railroad
Jim Schug Trail 4.2 miles (6.8 km) Dryden Lehigh Valley Railroad [5]
John Kieran Nature Trail ? ? ?
Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail ? Rockland County Northern Railroad of New Jersey (Erie Railroad)
Kaaterskill Rail Trail Currently 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The goal is to connect the Village of Hunter to North-South Lake[6] Greene County, New York Ulster and Delaware Railroad
Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail ? Kings Park, Suffolk County Long Island Rail Road, Kings Park State Hospital spur
Laurel Hill Rail Trail ? Greenlawn to Northport, Suffolk County Long Island Rail Road, Northport Branch
Lehigh Valley Trail 15.2 miles (24.5 km) Genesee River to the Auburn Trail Monroe County Lehigh Valley Railroad
Lehigh Memory Trail ? Williamsville, Erie County[7] Depew and Tonawanda Railroad (Lehigh Valley Railroad)
Long Pond Greenbelt ? Bridgehampton to Sag Harbor, Suffolk County Long Island Rail Road, Sag Harbor Branch
Maple City Trail ? ? ?
Mohawk Hudson Bike/Hike Trail (part of Canalway Trail System) 86, with gaps in Watervliet, Colonie and Pattersonville Schenectady and Albany Counties. Schenectady and Troy Railroad (New York Central Railroad)from Cohoes to Schenectady. Towpath trail from there west.
Newstead Trail ? ? ?
North County Trailway ? Westchester County New York and Putnam Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Nyack Rail Trail ? Rockland County New York and Erie Railroad (Erie Railroad)
Ontario Pathways Trail (Canandaigua to Stanley) 11 miles (18 km) East Street Canandaigua to Flint Road Ontario County Northern Central (Pennsylvania Railroad)
Ontario Pathways Trail (Stanley to Phelps) 8.7 miles (14.0 km) Ontario County Pennsylvania Railroad
Orange Heritage Trailway 12.4 miles (20.0 km) Orange County Erie Railroad
Oswego Recreational Trail ? Oswego County New York, Ontario and Western Railway
Outlet Trail ? ? ?
Pat McGee Trail 12.2 miles (19.6 km) Cattaraugus County Erie Railroad
Poughkeepsie Bridge 1.28 miles (2.06 km)[8] Poughkeepsie and Highland The Maybrook Railroad Line, Central New England Railway (CNE), New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH), Penn Central (PC) and Conrail, et al
Portage Trail ? ? ?
Putnam County Trailway 12 Putnam County New York and Putnam Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Railroad Run ? Saratoga County ?
Rivergate Trail ? ? ?
Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trolley Trail ? ? ?
Rutland Trail 21.2 miles (34.1 km) from Norwood to Moira St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. Rutland Railroad
Sodus Point to Wallington Trail ? ? ?
South County Trailway ? Westchester New York and Putnam Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Spring Run Trail ? ? ?
Stillwater Multi-Use Trail ? Stillwater Boston and Maine Railroad
Tarrytown Lakes extension ? ? New York and Putnam Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Town of Edwards Nature Trail ? ? ?
Uncle Sam Bikeway 3 miles (4.8 km) Troy Boston and Maine Railroad
Vestal Rail Trail 2.2 miles (3.5 km) Broome County Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Walden–Wallkill Rail Trail 3.22 miles (5.18 km)[9] Orange and Ulster Counties Wallkill Valley Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail 23.7 miles (38.1 km)[10] Ulster County Wallkill Valley Railroad (New York Central Railroad)
Warren County Bikeway 9.4 miles (15.1 km)[11] from Glens Falls to Lake George Warren County Delaware and Hudson Railroad
Zim Smith Trail 4 miles (6.4 km), with 5 miles (8.0 km) planned Saratoga County Delaware and Hudson Railroad

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Section of Albany County Rail Trail to Open June 2". Albany County. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Allegheny River Valley Trail - Town of Allegany". Town of Allegany. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "About the Rail Trail". Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  5. ^ Jim Schug Trail (Town of Dryden, New York)
  6. ^
  7. ^ Lehigh Memory Trail (TrailLink)
  8. ^ "Fast Facts About the Walkway". Walkway Over the Hudson. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Park Description and Program Schedules" (PDF). Walden, NY: Village of Walden Recreation and Parks. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  10. ^ "Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Length Doubles". Open Space Institute. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  11. ^ "Visit Lake George; Bicycling". Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 

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