Dutchess Rail Trail
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Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie, NY
The announcement came in January that Dutchess County and CSX Transportation Corp. had finally struck a deal for the sale of eight-tenths of a mile of former railroad property in Poughkeepsie. Big deal, you say? Well, it is — that tiny piece of land is slated to connect the 12-mile-long Dutchess Rail Trail with the Walkway Over the Hudson and, by extension, the western side of the Valley. By September 2013, says Dutchess County Parks Director Steve Olsen, both this short connecting section, as well as the bridge that carries the rail trail over Route 55, should be complete — meaning that bikers, hikers, and other outdoor types can traverse more than 16 automobile-free miles between Hopewell Junction and Highland. The completed project is expected to boost local tourism — and the bank accounts of the stores, restaurants, and other local businesses that regularly offer services to out-of-towners — exponentially.
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About: Currently under construction, this new trail will extend about 12 miles, from Hopewell Junction to the city of Poughkeepsie. In some sections of the route, the 10-foot-wide paved pathway will run alongside a softer surface just right for walkers, runners, and even horseback riders. Best of all, 80 percent of the funding for the project is being paid using federal -- not county -- tax dollars.
Best of Hudson Valley History:
2012 Editors' Pick — Best News For Outdoor Enthusiasts (Planned Extension)
2011 Readers' Pick — Best Bike Trail
2008 Editors' Pick — Best New Hiking Trail