New Paltz, New York sits at the base of the Shawangunks and boasts lovely views of the Ridge’s striking cliffs. For decades, access to the beautiful wilderness on the horizon has not been easy for the community below, since hikers and cyclists setting out to explore the “Gunks” have been forced to hug a narrow and dangerous highway shoulder.
In 2015, building on our decades of work in the region, OSI announced a transformative new community project. Our “River-to-Ridge Trail” is a highly-anticipated scenic and recreational off-road loop which will meander through farm fields and over gently rolling hills, providing direct access from downtown New Paltz to 90 miles of recreational carriage roads and trails at the Mohonk Preserve and the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Currently under construction, the project will feature trailhead parking, kiosks and a picnic area.