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NY - Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Postby railtrailbiker » Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:44 am

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) has reached an agreement to acquire 14 miles of abandoned railroad bed in Columbia County for inclusion in the trail it initiated in the early 1980s.

While many smaller parcels along the route remain in private hands, the trail could eventually stretch 46 miles south from Chatham to the Metro North Railroad station at Wassaic. It follows a former rail route abandoned by the Harlem Division of the New York Central Railroad.


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Re: Harlem Valley Rail Trail, NY To Be Extended

Postby njrailwalker » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:12 pm

Hope there are many people like the Metz's along the ROW!

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Postby Otto Vondrak » Sun Mar 27, 2005 5:48 pm

I visited Wassaic on Sunday and saw the new start of the rail trail. It starts at the grade crossing by the depot, runs alongside the fence next to the track, then eventually joins up the roadbed of the former Harlem.

I will say this about the rail trail. It opened up a new photo oppotunity for me at the north end of the yard.

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Postby railtrailbiker » Wed May 18, 2005 12:51 pm

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Dutchess County just got longer.

County and local officials yesterday dedicated the new 2.6 mile stretch that connects Amenia to Millerton. This brings the total length to about 11 miles. The next step will be to extend the trail to the Columbia County line.


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Harlem Valley Rail Trail Update

Postby RussM » Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:12 am

Construction of the new section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail north of Millerton (NY) has been tied up in bureaucratic red tape for some time. The Lakeville Journal reports that the major obstacles have now been overcome, and that work is scheduled to begin in Nov. 2008.
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Postby Blazer » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:25 pm

What are the numbers included on the mile markers on the HVRT?

For example, the 86 mile marker includes "STA. 454+080" The first number goes up by 5 every mile but the second number seems to go up and down as the miles go up.
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Harlem Valley Rail Trail Improvement

Postby RussM » Fri May 02, 2008 1:05 pm

Re: Harlem Valley Rail Trail - Amenia, NY

On May 5th, work is scheduled to begin on a realignment of the HVRT where it crosses Rt. 343 in Amenia, NY. They are going to make the crossing at a 90 degree angle to the road, instead of on a slant, as it is now. This should significantly improve safety.
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Re: Harlem Valley Rail Trail Update

Postby Blazer » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:44 pm

To answer my own question, the numbers are the miles represented in feet. Milepost 86 shows 454+080. 454,080 divided by 5,280 equals 86.
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Re: NY - Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Postby RussNelson » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:17 pm

I rode this trail (both sections) in June of last year. http://blog.russnelson.com/bicycling/1307798172.html Also rode the Putnam County rail trail, which is the Old Putnam Branch.
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Re: NY - Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon May 21, 2012 8:38 am

Thought I'd add the web-site: http://hvrt.org/

Welcome to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, two sections totaling 15 paved miles through stunning rural Dutchess and Columbia County landscapes. Since the mid-1980's, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has dreamed of a 46-mile rail trail in the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York. The first segment of the trail opened in 1996.

Since then, the trail has grown in 1997, 2000 and 2005. Another eight miles of abandoned rail bed are in the development stages, and most of another 23 miles have been acquired in Columbia County that will lead the trail north into the Village of Chatham


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Re: NY - Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Postby umtrr-author » Mon May 21, 2012 2:41 pm

I rode the upper part of the trail a few years ago. It's a pleasant, easy ride, as you'd expect from a former railroad ROW.
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Re: NY - Harlem Valley Rail Trail

Postby RussNelson » Tue May 22, 2012 12:15 am

What I heard about the disconnection between the north and south sections is that there's a wetland with beaver activity, so the railbed is constantly wet and thus impassable. But if they can extend the north section north to Chatham, that would be totally awesome.
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