Research & Policy

Growing Greenways: West of Hudson Greenway Trails Vision Plan (2023)

Long-term initiative seeks to link more than 250 miles of multiuse trails through 20 communities in Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties.

With its Growing Greenways: West of Hudson Greenway Trails Vision Plan (“Growing Greenways Plan”), OSI presents a vision to connect the region’s multiuse trail network that would span more than 250 miles and connect more than 20 communities throughout Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange Counties.

The plan outlines opportunities to create new community linkages, boost economic activity and tourism, expand non-motorized transportation options, promote physical activity and public health, and make it easier for all people access to the outdoors.

The Growing Greenways Plan outlines both completed and future projects that would link the:

  • Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (Project Spotlight here),
  • O&W Rail Trail, including the D&H Canal (Project Spotlight here),
  • Catskill Mountain Rail Corridor, including the Ashokan Rail Trail (Project Spotlight here),
  • Sullivan O&W Rail Trail (Project Spotlight here),
  • Schunnemunk Rail Trail (Project Spotlight here),
  • Orange County Heritage Trail (Project Spotlight here), and
  • Shawangunk Ridge Carriage Roads, which include Minnewaska State Park Preserve’s carriage roads and the OSI-owned and managed River-to-Ridge Trail (Project Spotlight here).

The Growing Greenways Plan expands on decades of OSI’s work to protect land and build trails in partnership with local communities and builds upon local, county, and state trail investments and priorities.

Read the full Growing Greenways Plan here.

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