The Hudson Valley Trail Network, including the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson, and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, is the newest member of Rails-to-Trails Conservatory’s (RTC) Rail Trail Hall of Fame.
In a public vote, which was held for 10 days in June, our local trail network received nearly 54 percent of the 19,885 total votes from across the nation.
“The way that the Hudson Valley Trail Network seamlessly connects three unique trails is a prime example of how integrated trail systems can produce important benefits for communities—for transportation, tourism and economic development,” said RTC President Keith Laughlin.
The Dutchess County Rail Trail connects 13 miles of pathway that stretches across Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger, and East Fishkill which then directly connects to the Walkway over the Hudson—a bridge which runs 212 feet above the river and gathers over half a million visitors per year. The Hudson Valley Rail trail stretches for 18 miles from Highland, across the river into Poughkeepsie then directly to Hopewell Junction.
The Rails-to-trails Conservatory, as the largest trails organization in America, works to protect, provide, and promote the use of trails all around the country. Whether it’s through a small town or a large city, trails have a unique way of uniting the community and promoting healthy, non-automobile travel.
Each year, the Conservatory elects Rail Trails into its Hall of Fame that have qualities such as outstanding scenic value, exemplary use, historical significance and well kept maintenance. As a new Hall of Fame inductee, the Hudson Valley Trail Network will receive trail signage, an unveiling event, and coverage in the national Rails to Trails magazine.