Wawarsing O&W Rail Trail
West of the Shawangunk Ridge, OSI’s acquisition of several stretches of the O&W Rail Trail in Wawarsing is now part of a growing 29-mile rail trail and recreation corridor in the Rondout Valley. Once connected to other trails in the area, the former railroad bed and canal bed will contribute to the creation of a unified trail network spanning much of Ulster County—from the Village of Ellenville to the City of Kingston, and east to the Walkway Over the Hudson.
The O&W parcels in Wawarsing are the fourth important stretch of railbed acquired by OSI since 2009. In addition, OSI has also protected 9.1 miles of O&W railbed in the Catskills, the Rosendale Trestle, four miles of rail trail in the Town of Mamakating, and 11.5 miles of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is slated to be included as part of the Empire State Trail.
The goal for the rail trails in the Shawangunk Region is to create a multi-use recreation corridor which will run through much of Ulster County’s varied scenery — extensive farmland, forest, and wetlands — as well as its numerous hamlets.
As OSI looks to the future, our ultimate vision, the creation of a trail network linking regions across the mid-Hudson River Valley, is within reach. The acquisitions and restorations being pursued by OSI and many other partners are changing the way that communities in Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange Counties work, play, explore, and connect to the outdoors. As OSI works to enhance and transform beloved parks and other recreational spaces, they are helping to connect families and people of all ages to the outdoors while creating a healthier, more vibrant future.