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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a detailed description of various volunteer opportunities that exist for those of you who wish to help build and maintain the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. We always welcome willing workers. Also below is a list of specific dates of planned activities. If you can work on any of these dates contact the Rail Trail office at 518-789-9591 or hvrta@fairpoint.net and leave your name and contact information. Keep checking the website as dates will be added.