What is the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail (CMRT)?

A proposed scenic and recreational trail along the former Ulster and Delaware (U&D) rail corridor from Kingston along the Ashokan Reservoir to Belleayre ski center.  It will ultimately link the Walkway over the Hudson to the Catskill Park, through a rail-trail hub in Kingston. Project objectives: Create a beautiful and safe linear park Open to[…]

Why promote and build the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail?

For recreational, economic, and health benefits as well as alternative transportation options and land use protection. Recreational benefits: The rail trail will offer free, safe, year-round opportunities for walkers, runners, cyclists, roller-bladers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, dog owners, equestrians, etc, of all ages, skill levels and abilities, to experience the scenic beauty of Catskill Park and[…]

Why devote resources to another rail trail in Ulster County?

Though the existing rail trails in Ulster County are already providing real benefits to residents and visitors in the region (see below): Longer trails attract more visitors, greater usage and create destination tourism. Expanding and improving linkages between the trails in our region will cause Ulster County to emerge as a leading rail trail destination.[…]

Who owns the U&D rail corridor?

You do, if you pay taxes in Ulster County The U&D corridor is tax-payer owned throughout Ulster County. Penn Central Railroad decommissioned the line in the mid-1970s. In 1979, Ulster County purchased 38.6 miles of the corridor – from the City of Kingston to Delaware County line.

Isn’t there a tourist railroad operating on the U&D rail corridor?

YES, along approximately 4.4 of the 40 miles Ulster County signed a 25-year lease with Catskill Mountain Railroad Company (CMRRC) inc. in 1991 for tourism railroad operations. CMRRC inc. is a for-profit, part-time, tourist railroad that operates on a 2.5 mile segment of the track between Phoenicia and Boiceville, and a 1.9 mile segment in[…]

Why not build “rail-with-trail” from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir?

Ulster County Planning Department performed an engineering study that showed that the corridor is too narrow to house both rail and trail in many places and in others would require the trail to cover difficult and steep terrain.  This study was independently reviewed by the National Parks Department and New York Parks and Trails. Rail-with-trail[…]

What can I do to support the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail?

  Sign our online petition to Ulster County legislators in support of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail Like us on Facebook at Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail and share our page with others. Donate your time and expertise – Contact us here Write a Letter to the Editor.