WVRT and Plains Road starts adjacent to Sojourner Truth Park on the Wallkill River and continues south to the grand vista from the Plattekill Creek Bridge. Nearby is Taliaferro Organic Farm and Dressel Orchard, New Paltz historic cemetary and great jogging loop of 3+ miles. A few hundred feet away is Water Street Market with multiple dining options and shopping.
Nyquist Sanctuary with access to the WVRT at Mulberry Street and Historic Huguenot Street a short walk away. A pond, a wetland, meadows, a forest and a community garden with individually farmed plots. It is also connected to Historic Huguenot Street.
WVRT & Huguenot Street with Two Farms vista, birding areas and access to Nyquist Sanctuary. Mix of paved and hard-packed rock dust. Two+ miles for a jogging loop with variety and close to the Village of New Paltz.
Looking west along the Roundout from the Rosendale Trestle.
Main Street in Rosendale and looking east from the Rosendale Trestle. The Roundout Creek is below, lazily making its way north and to the Hudson River. The remains of the old Delaware & Hudson Canal hug the edge of Joppenburgh Mountain on the left.
Especially in Rosendale, where they post a bike & hike caution sign on Hickory Bush Road. You can pick up a WVRT map at the Transfer Station there too.
Marketing 1899 style. What a new idea, technology connecting a lot of folks with stuff. Heck, let's sell ads in this to the biz folks along the route. Well, actually not that bad an idea. Who isn't happy to think of quaint locomotives as the internet of their day. But could the internet be today's locomotive? Don't bother to Skype about this to anyone in California. It would be like so much Morse code to them anyway.
The original twofer: Wallkill Valley Rail Road and Ontario & Western. A lovely excursion for railroad and camera buffs alike, while in Europe, the Belgians blew all the bridges to stall the Nazi advance. By month's end, Dunkirk entered our vocabulary. Hudson Valley families must have felt the pain as Dutch cities were bombed and fell, while the Japanese were busy hammering Chungking and a man from Hyde Park had a month of sleepless nights.
The original notion that the WVRT was the gateway to eco-tourism before it was a term. Can't find a date for this promotional sheet, but the typefaces styling looks like Imagine a direct line from Grand Central to Minnewaska and Mohonk.
The Rosendale Station with the trestle and Joppenbergh Mountain. The latter named for the first settler in Rosendale, Jacobus Rutsen, in But if you ask one of the Jukes, they might tell you differently.