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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dutchess County Rail Trail

This is something Dutchess County has done right.

We have the Walkway, which is to be part of this, but the newly opened Hopewell Junction part of the trail is really great. First, there is ample parking at Gold's Gym (thank you for providing this) as well as quick access. Once on the trail, there is a 12 to 15 foot wide paved bike path and a dirt walking path that is easy to navigate. You roll along some of the higher sections of the trail, past streams, lakes (I never saw Lake Walton before and I have lived here all my 53 years). You can go for about 8 miles from Page Lumber in LaGrange off Route 55 to Route 82 in Hopewell Junction. Hear and see the airplanes as they come in or take off from the County Airport.





The view down the trail. Tree lined and some really nice rock cuts from early last Century. Like the Walkway, the grade is gentle, so riding along is really easy. Pass on the left after you announce your intentions.


There are crossings over 376, and a grade crossing at Didell Rd., that test your hill climbing speeds and downhills.

Spout Creek


Swans and young


Much beauty along the way. Swans and their young at Lake Walton. The Whortekill Creek, Sprout Creek.

 You end at Hopewell Depot. We did 14 or so miles on our bikes. Families, kids learning to ride, people walking, dogs, friends, exercise.

Lake Walton
Big thanks to the people who were behind this. Easy access to getting outdoors and exercising. Yes, it took me 53 years to get interested in this, but spending two hours with my wife on bikes is one of the best things. No cell phone, no laptop, no TV. Feeling much better.

When the County gets the CSX piece, it will be truly groundbreaking. Hopewell Junction to New Paltz, and maybe connections to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Find your way across the County quietly, simply, and beautifully.

It is kind of like Field of Dreams. They built it. Now they will come. Get out and enjoy.

Check back often for random thoughts on Photography, Digital Asset Management, or other things that catch my eye. Thanks.

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