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Rosendale Railroad Trestle

MapRosendale, NY
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  • Rail Trail Improvement


The 940-foot continuous truss bridge and former railroad trestle located in Rosendale was originally constructed by the Wallkill Valley Railroad in order to continue its rail line from New Paltz to Kingston. The bridge rises 150 feet above Rondout Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River, and, when the bridge opened to rail traffic in 1872, it was the highest span bridge in the US. The rail line closed in 1977, and, in the ’80s and ’90s, there was a series of failed attempts to use the trestle as a platform for bungee-jumping. The county later purchased it for the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and, after an extensive restoration project, pedestrians can now hop on the trestle and enjoy views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Binnewater Lakes region, and Rosendale.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2015 Editors' Pick — Best Follow-Up to the Walkway

2013 Editors' Pick — Best Rail Trail Improvement

Additional Information:

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2013
County: Ulster
Pick: Editors' Picks
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