Tue, 25 Aug 2015

Rail Trails #17

Bicycled 68.5 miles of rail-trail this weekend, nine rail-trails in all. In time order: Saranac Lake Recreational Path, DnH North Corridor, NYO&W Bashakill Railroad Trail, Erie Shawangunk Ridge Trail, Orange Heritage Trail Extension, Putnam Trail Extension, North County Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson, and finally the Albany County Trail Extension.

Only one rail-trail to go (in Plattsburgh) and I will have ridden every rail-trail in New York State.

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. Been working on it since June of 2004. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Trails I've ridden:

  1. Albany County Rail Trail (Elsemere west to Slingerlands),
  2. Albany County Rail Trail (Elsemere east to Normanskill),
  3. Albany County Rail Trail (Normanskill to eastern end),
  4. Andes Rail Trail (footpath)
  5. Auburn Fleming Trail,
  6. Ballston Bike Trail,
  7. Bashakill Railroad Trail (NYO&W),
  8. Black Diamond Trail,
  9. Black River Recreational Trail,
  10. Bog Meadow Brook,
  11. Canalway Trail (Rochester/Greece),
  12. Cycling The Canalway Trail 2012, a supported ride sponsored by Parks and Trails NY.
  13. Cycling The Canalway Trail 2013
  14. Catharine Valley Trail,
  15. Cato Fair Haven Trail, (again, partially),
  16. Catskill Scenic Trail
  17. Charlie Major Nature Trail,
  18. Cheektowaga Bike Path,
  19. The Chautaqua Rails to Trails has a group of rail-trails all built on the same railroad.
  20. Clarence Akron Pathways and Clarence Newstead Trails, (earlier partial ride),
  21. Cohoes Black Bridge Trail,
  22. Corning Bike Path,
  23. Corry Junction Greenway Trail,
  24. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor North (which seems to be called the Marbletown Rail Trail now, the extended part),
  25. D&H Heritage Trail,
  26. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor South, (partially)
  27. D&H Trail Southern Section (to the VT state line, south into VT),
  28. D&H Trail Northern Section, only a tiny bit of which is in NY,
  29. D&H railbed (not a named trail, but it's a snowmobile trail and bicyclable.)
  30. Dutchess Rail Trail,
  31. The East Ithaca Recreational Trail,
  32. El Camino Rail Trail,
  33. Erie-Attica Trail,
  34. Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Rail Trail,
  35. Genesee Valley Conservancy Trail,
  36. Genesee Valley Greenway
  37. Gorge Trail, (again),
  38. Groveland Secondary Trail (not very bicyclable),
  39. Great Bend Park Trail,
  40. Harlem Valley Rail Trail
  41. Heritage Park Rail Trail,
  42. Hojack Trails
    1. Cayuga Hojack Trail,
    2. Hilton Hojack Trail,
    3. Webster Hojack Trail Extension,
  43. Hoosic Greenway Trail,
  44. Hudson Valley Rail Trail,
  45. Jim Schug Trail,
  46. Jim Tedisco Fitness Trail,
  47. Joseph B. Clarke Railtrail,
  48. Kaaterskill Rail Trail,
  49. Kennedy Rail Trail,
  50. Kerhonksen Railtrail,
  51. Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail,
  52. Kingston Point Rail Trail,
  53. Lackawanna Trail,
  54. Lancaster Heritage Trail,
  55. Lehigh Memory Trail (Williamsville),
  56. Lehigh Valley Rail Trail (Naples),
  57. Lehigh Valley Trail North (Rush),
  58. Lehigh Valley Trail North (Crittenden),
  59. Lehigh Valley Trail (Rochester/Rush/Mendon - but not all the way into Victor),
  60. Lehigh Valley Trail (from Mendon to Victor),
  61. Maple City Trail,
  62. Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail (which is also the Erie Canalway Trail),
  63. North County Trailway, again, partially),
  64. Northport Rail Trail,
  65. New York, Ontario & Western trails
    1. NYO&W Liberty Rail Trail,
    2. NYO&W Parksville Rail Trail,
    3. NYO&W Hurleyville Rail Trail,
    4. NYO&W Woodridge Rail Trail,
    5. Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail,
  66. Oneida Rail Trail,
  67. Ontario Pathways Rail Trail,
  68. Orange Heritage Trailway (the unimproved eastern end),
  69. Orange Heritage Trailway (the official paved section),
  70. Orange Heritage Trail Extension,
  71. Oswego Recreational Trail,
  72. Outlet Trail,
  73. Pat McGee Trail,
  74. Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Recreational Trail,
  75. Pittsford Railroad Loop Trail,
  76. Pittsford Rail Trail,
  77. Putnam County Trailway,
  78. Putnam County Trailway Extension,
  79. Railroad Run,
  80. Ridgeway Trail,
  81. Rivergate Trail,
  82. Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail,
  83. The Rutland Trail (many many times. Also see the Rutland Trail website),
  84. Saranac Lake Recreational Path,
  85. Shawangunk Ridge Trail (Erie),
  86. South Cazenovia Rail Trail
  87. South County Trailway (southern portion)
  88. South County Trailway (northern portion)
  89. South Hill Recreation Way,
  90. Spring Run Trail,
  91. Stillwater Rail Trail,
  92. Sylvan Beach Rail Trail,
  93. Tannersville Bike Path (Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail),
  94. Tarrytown Lakes extension,
  95. The Uncle Sam Bikeway,
  96. Town of Edwards Nature Trail,
  97. Vestal Rail Trail,
  98. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail,
  99. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail North of Rosendale,
  100. Walkway Over The Hudson (and the new part of the Hudson Valley Trail and more parts of the Dutchess Rail Trail which I hadn't ridden earlier), and again, only end-to-end this time, 40 miles in total, and again, just the walkway,
  101. Walden-Walkill Rail Trail (which I had called the Shawangunk Rail Trail),
  102. Warren County Bikeway (first rode it many years ago, before I had my GPS),
  103. Wellsville, Addison, and Galeton (WAG) Trail,
  104. White Plains Greenway (bicycles prohibited, so I walked this),
  105. Zim Smith Trail, again, and again, but this time I also rode the connected "Route 9 Bypass" trail which uses part of the Hudson Valley trolley line.

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

Trails I have no plans to ride:

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