Rail Trail Net­work earns honor from con­ser­vancy

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Mid-Hudson News Net­work

POUGH­KEEP­SIE >> The Hudson Val­ley Rail Trail Net­work — which in­cludes the Walk­way Over the Hudson, Dutchess Rail Trail and the Hudson Val­ley Rail Trail — was in­ducted into the Rails-to-Trails Con­ser­vancy’s Hall of Fame.

The trail net­work is the 30th such in­ductee to re­ceive this na­tional recog­ni­tion. This year also marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the con­ser­vancy.

A cer­e­mony took place Tues­day on the walk­way to cel­e­brate the net­work’s in­duc­tion. Ul­ster County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein and Dutchess County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein both ac­cepted the Hall of Fame award.

The con­ser­vancy is the largest trails or­ga­ni­za­tion in Amer­ica, rep­re­sent­ing more than 160,000 mem­bers and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing 33,000 in New York. The con­ser­vancy se­lects Hall-of-Fame trails based on such mer­its as scenic value, high use, trail ameni­ties, his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, ex­cel­lence in man­age­ment and main­te­nance, com­mu­nity con­nec­tions and geo­graphic dis­tri­bu­tion.

“The way that the Hudson Val­ley Trail Net­work seam­lessly con­nects three unique trails is a prime ex­am­ple of how in­te­grated trail sys­tems can pro­duce im­por­tant ben­e­fits for com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion, tourism and eco­nomic devel­op­ment,” Rails-to-Trails Con­ser­vancy Pres­i­dent Keith Laughlin said.

The Hudson Val­ley Trail Net­work cov­ers 18 miles and con­nects the three rail trails, stretch­ing from High­land, over the Hudson River and through Pough­keep­sie, to Hopewell Junc­tion.

On the west side of the river, the flat, paved Hudson Val­ley Rail Trail stretches nearly four miles through hard­wood forests, over Black Creek and un­der two stone-arch bridges. Walk­way Over the Hudson runs 212 feet above the river along the steel can­tilever truss Pough­keep­sie-High­land Rail­road Bridge (which was once the long­est bridge in the world) and draws 500,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

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