About Us


The story of the HVRT starts with a mysterious fire and ends with a small town and group of founders who believed in the Rail Trail concept and the value it would bring to the community. In the 1970s, the railroad bridge to Poughkeepsie burned and led to
a redirection of rail traffic. The railroad tracks and the old bridge fell into disrepair. Over the years, there were hopes of making it a vital link in the Hudson Valley Trail system and ultimately the bridge becoming Walkway Over the Hudson.

Today the Hudson Valley Rail Trail stretches 7.1 miles through forests, over Black Creek, and under two spectacular stone-arch bridges. Connecting the towns of New Paltz and Highland, the rail-trail follows the former right-of-way of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. Two cabooses, one dating to 1915 and the other to 1926 offer a nod to the corridor’s railroading past, and the one closest to Walkway Over the Hudson serves as a miniature seasonal museum.

HVRT is proud to be a part of the Empire State Trail that stretches from New York City through the Hudson Valley and north to the Adirondacks and west to Buffalo along the Erie Canal.

HVRT is managed by the HVRT Board and association on behalf of the Town of Lloyd.