Clean up planned for Kingston Trail Corridor

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is organizing a cleanup of the corridor for the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

The Kingston Land Trust is working with the city to help develop the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad bed into a multi-use trail. The Land Trust envisions that this trail as a part of a network of area trails, establishing Kingston as a trail hub for the Catskill region.

When completed, the Kingston Point trail section will allow users to travel from midtown Kingston to the Hudson River with only a 3% grade throughout the 1.5 mile trail. To most, 3% may not seem like an extreme grade, but for rail-trails 3% makes for an extraordinary climb that freight and passenger trains once made as they chugged up from Kingston Point. The Land Trust believes the trail will help tell the story of Kingston and the City’s role as a transshipment point for Catskill-bound visitors from NYC and goods coming back down the valley.

The city, once a hotbed of steamship and rail activity, could be transformed into a trail hub for New York’s Hudson Valley, with connections to the Catskills, the Walkill Valley Rail Trail (and it’s newly re-purposed Rosendale Trestle), the D&H / O&W Trail, and the Walkway Over the Hudson via the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.

The clean-up is one of a series of Saturday morning cleanups that the Kingston Land Trust has organized. The cleanups will continue throughout the summer and fall. Cleanup dates will be posted on the website www.kingstonlandtrust.org.

Parks & Trails New York is working with Kingston Land Trust and the Rail Trail Committee to engage the community in exploring the feasibility of connecting existing rail trails outside the city to the mid-town area.  The Land Trust has been awarded several grants and has held several clean up events on the Kingston Point Rail Trail that would connect the city to the waterfront.

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