Trail traverses OSI-protected land, honors area’s agricultural heritage;
Will connect New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge
NEW PALTZ, NY (September 08, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the official opening of the River-to-Ridge Trail in New Paltz, New York. The completed section of trail runs along the Wallkill River from the Carmine Liberta Bridge to Butterville Road.
The trail, built in partnership with Mohonk Preserve, will provide a connection from the Village of New Paltz to the pathways and carriage roads of the Shawangunk Ridge, once the Preserve’s Foothills Loop section is complete. The opening of the River-to-Ridge Trail was celebrated by a community first bike and hike.
“The Open Space Institute is ecstatic to open the River-to-Ridge Trail,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “River-to-Ridge showcases how protected land not only safeguards our natural resources and provides terrific recreational opportunities, but how it can also strengthen communities and support local economies.”
Elliman thanked the community for its support and patience as the OSI trail work progressed. He also expressed appreciation for the many partners who have supported the effort, including Mohonk Preserve, Ulster County, the Village of New Paltz and the Town of New Paltz. He also expressed deep gratitude to the Butler Conservation Fund, which directly supported the visioning and construction of the trail.
“Gil Butler shared our vision of creating a trail along the Wallkill River and rolling foothills just west of New Paltz and creating a connection to the Shawangunk Ridge. This project is a great example of partners working together toward the goal of protecting land for public benefit and enjoyment,” Elliman added.
The $1.7 million project includes construction of the 6-mile loop trail, as well as improvements to an existing parking lot on Springtown Road, which serves as the project’s trailhead. The trail traverses 360 acres of land, all protected by OSI over four years.