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The Ashokan Rail Trail (“ART”) is fully open to the public!

The Ashokan Rail Trail is open to the public from sunrise to sunset offering 11.5-miles of trail between West Hurley and Boiceville along Ashokan Reservoir. The ART can be accessed from three public trailheads:

  • Woodstock Dike Trailhead located at 1285 NY-28 in West Hurley. The Trailhead entrance is 5.3 miles west of the NYS Thruway Exit 19 Traffic Circle and approximately 1,500 feet west of the Stewart’s Shop (by Zena Road).
  • Ashokan Station Trailhead located at 3045 NY-28 in Shokan. The Trailhead entrance is 11.3 miles west of the NYS Thruway Exit 19 Traffic Circle across from Mountain Road.
  • Boiceville Bridge Trailhead located at 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville. The Trailhead entrance is off Route 28A approximately 16.5 miles west of the NYS Thruway Exit 19 Traffic Circle. Cold Brook Road is directly across Route 28A from this entrance.

The ART, which is dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible, is open throughout the winter. The trailheads are plowed, but the trail itself is not plowed.

Partnership

The ART was developed by the County of Ulster through an historic partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), which owns and operates the Ashokan Reservoir and adjacent lands.

About

Opened in the fall of 2019, the Ashokan Rail Trail (“ART”) is a shared-use recreational trail running 11.5 miles along the northern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir between Basin Road in West Hurley and Route 28A in Boiceville. The ART was developed by the County of Ulster through an historic partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), which owns and operates the Ashokan Reservoir and adjacent lands. Open from sunrise to sunset year-round, the ART has provided public access to the County’s scenic abandoned Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor without a DEP Access Permit for the first time since the Reservoir was constructed in 1911.

The ART trail surface is highly compacted crushed stone ranging from 10 to 12 feet in width, and this flat trail is ADA compliant and accessible for persons with disabilities. The ART is open for non-motorized uses, including hiking, bicycling, running, nature observation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing and offers approximately three large public trailheads from which the trail can be accessed.

Contact

For more information – Ulster County Planning Department

Christoper White, Deputy Director  Ι  Phone: (845) 340-3338  Ι  Email: ashokanrailtrail@co.ulster.ny.us

For maintenance – Ulster County Public Works

Address: 315 Shamrock Ln, Kingston, NY 12401  Ι  Phone: (845) 340-3102