Ribbon cut on final link in 24-mile Hudson Valley rail trail

ROSENDALE (AP) – The final stretch of a 24-mile pedestrian trail in the Hudson Valley has official opened.

Local media outlets report that officials cut a ribbon Wednesday to open the last link in the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a path that runs from the southern border of the Ulster County town of Gardiner to the city of Kingston.

The final section to open is a 1.5-mile stretch near Williams Lake in the town of Rosendale, about midway between Kingston and Gardiner, in the Shawungunk Mountains. The trail includes a 940-foot long former railroad trestle over the Rondout Creek that opened in June.

The rail trail can be used by pedestrians, horse riders and bicyclists. Local officials hope the trail will draw visitors to the area and boost local tourism.

In the Adirondacks, some people want the state to convert a railroad corridor it owns – from Remsen to Lake Placid through Old Forge, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake – into a multi-use trail. The state has agreed to revisit its 1996 unit management plan for the corridor; a series of four public meetings begins Monday.