Orange Heritage Trail

photo: photo by Sean Polay Type: Rail Trail
Length: 11.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Goshen to Monroe, Railtrail connects Harriman to Middletown, west of U.S. Highway 17.
States: New York
Counties: Orange
Latitude: 41.40901   Longitude: -74.37195

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Description

The Orange Heritage Trail is a paved, 10-foot-wide trail on the right-of-way of the former Eric Railroad in Orange County, NY. It is very popular and is heavily used by local residents and visitors alike. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy listed the Orange Heritage Trail as one of the nation's "Top 10" best bets for colorful fall trips in both 2004 and 2005.

The trail is surfaced with asphalt for about 10 miles, and with crushed limestone for an additional 1.5 miles. The current 11.5 mile trail winds through a wildlife sanctuary, historic landmarks, streams, farms, meadows, and friendly communities. Trail users may enjoy biking, walking, rollerblading and nature study, as well as shopping and dining in the local villages. Access points are in Monroe, Chester and Goshen - all with convenient parking.

The trail has been established and sustained through 15 years of active partnership between the Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, who manage the trail, and two nonprofit organizations, the Orange County Citizens Foundations and Orange Pathways. When completed, the trail will extend from the City of Middletown to the Village of Harriman, growing by an additional 8 miles.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2007

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Brett Simmons
Orange County Parks Commissioner
Orange County Dept. of Parks, Rec. & Consv.
211 Route 416
Montgomery , NY 12549
(845) 457-4900
bjsimmons@co.orange.ny.us
http://www.orangecountygov.com

 

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