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.
- HVRTA COVID-19 Update (4/21/2020) - After careful contemplation, Dutchess County Parks has decided to delay placing out the port-a-lets on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail while the COVID pandemic is on-going and still a strong concern. We feel the use of port-a-lets without proper sanitary disinfection in ...