Ashokan Rail Trail’s final stretch opens on Thanksgiving

By Michael Randall Times Herald-Record
OLIVE — The final section of the Ashokan Rail Trail will open to the public on Thanksgiving, Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan has announced.

“I am thrilled to open the final stretch of this trail and new parking facilities, and make this treasure fully accessible to the public for the first time in over 100 years,” Ryan said in a statement.

The new parking mentioned by Ryan is at two new trailheads that will open: the Ashokan Station Trailhead, 3045 Route 28 in Shokan, and the Boiceville Bridge Trailhead, 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville. Combined, they will add more than 100 new parking spaces along the trail.

County Legislator Kathy Nolan said the trail section includes the multi-purpose Boiceville Trestle, which spans the Esopus Creek.

Paul Rush, deputy commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, said the new access points “will provide visitors with easy access to the westernmost parts of the trail, where they will find amazing views of the Ashokan Reservoir, the Catskills and the Esopus Creek.”

The reservoir is part of New York City’s watershed, which the DEP administers.

The trail runs about 11.5 miles along the northern edge of the reservoir between Basin Road in West Hurley, where another trailhead was opened in October at 1285 Route 28, and Route 28A in Boiceville.

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset all year for non-motorized uses, including hiking, bicycling, running, nature observation, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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