Welcome to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, two sections totaling 15 paved miles through stunning rural Dutchess and Columbia County landscapes. Since the mid-1980’s, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has dreamed of a 46-mile rail trail in the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York. The first segment of the trail opened in 1996.

Since then, the trail has grown in 1997, 2000, 2005 and 2014. Another 13 miles of abandoned rail bed are in different development stages, and most of another 18 miles have been acquired to take the Trail north into the Village of Chatham.

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  • Sandhill Crane Sighting (11/5/2019) - These magnificent Sandhill Cranes were spotted between Upper and Lower Sharon Station Rd on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Please send us your photos of wildlife spotted along the HVRT. hvrta@fairpoint.net Photo credit to Jane Rossman  

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