Harlem Valley Rail to Trail to Falls
  • 46 miles, moderate hilliness (2500 vertical feet, hill index 3.1) -- gentler variations of 25, 31, 43 miles.
     
  • Immersion in beautiful farm country of Columbia and Dutchess counties on quiet roads with good pavement.
     
  • Food stops in two interesting hamlets -- Ancramdale and Millerton.
     
  • Option to sample the prettiest paved "rail trail" around.

 

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And it might have been a longer time since some of the Variations of the route were last checked by us.  Some roads and intersections might be different since then, or closed -- so be prepared to find alternatives -- a good reason to carry a detailed map. Other people may have more recent experiences with parts of the route which could help prepare: see the Reports page linked below.

Route not checked by us since October 2003 -- Learn more | see Reports

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  • Directions to Start: 

By train:  Take Metro North (Harlem Valley line) to Wassaic.

By car:  The Wassaic train station is right next to the east side of Route 22 in western Dutchess county.  The station is about 3 miles South from the intersection of Routes 44 and 22 in Amenia NY.  Wassaic station is about 19.5 miles North from the intersection of Routes 55 and 22 in Pawling NY.  As of July 2001, parking is free on weekends.

Alternate starts:  Amenia, Millerton, Copake Falls, Sharon CT.

  • Maps:  You should have a detailed road maps of Dutchess County and Columbia County to do this route (see Road Maps). 
     
 
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places: Hudson river valley, New York state, NY

 
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