Everyone living in New York should do the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail through New Paltz at least once. This trail goes through New Paltz, Gardiner, Kingston and Rosendale NY. You get to see a little bit of everything. From nature and wood trails to farm animals, bridges, and gorgeous views, you’ll see it all when you visit New Paltz rail trail.
New Paltz NY Trail Difficulty
Whether you are walking or biking on the trail, it’s pretty easy. If you are a newbie and have a cheap bike like I do, then I suggest taking a few extra breaks. Plus you want to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. The most difficult part is probably after the Ice Caves. This is when the trail gets more “bumpy” and you’re going up a hill without realizing it.
Places to Eat in New Paltz
Village Pizza– After a long bike ride, you want to grab a bite and get those calories back before heading home. (Seriously, who wants to come home exhausted after a bike ride and start cooking after their shower?) What we like to do is grab pizza (of course!) at Village Pizza. There is a bench outside and it’s right by the trail (how convenient). The pizza was good, especially when you’re hungry. This way, when you come home, you can take a shower and take a nap. That’s what we like to do, while other people might be more productive.
Lagusta’s Luscious– If you have a sweet tooth then check out this place. It’s also along the trail and has a wide assortment of handmade chocolate products. The prices are a little on the higher end but YOLO and you deserve to treat yourself after a successful bike ride. Am I right or am I right?
Rail Trail Cafe– Did you ever think you could have pizza in the woods? Well, you don’t have to think anymore. This place is open later in the day on the weekends but it’s absolutely amazing. It’s authentic, cute, and in the woods! We enjoyed our garden salad and whole wheat pizza while listening to some live music.
What to see in New Paltz NY
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is one of the most scenic trails. Not only will you see plenty of wildlife and people’s livestock you will also see:
Historic Huguenot Street– Just before your ride (if you parked at the free parking lot at 53 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561) you will get to see some historic homes. The area is closed off to cars so you can either walk or bike through it. This area holds 7 stone houses which were built by 1700s. Every time we visit New Paltz trail, we make sure to take a little stroll by these homes.
Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary– If you park at the free parking lot and go to your left, you’ll find a community garden area. Behind the garden is the Nyquist-Harcourt wildlife sanctuary. You should definitely take a little walk through this sanctuary and enjoy the wildlife, pond, and wild berries!