Best Rail-Trails in New York

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York rail-trails trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

    3 Reviews

    Tarrytown, NY

    Of course many trails (and not just rail-trails) provide a connection between communities. But when you come upon a trail that has been in the ground for more than 150 years of continuous use—well, ...
    •  26.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Of course many trails (and not just rail-trails) provide a connection between communities. But when you come upon a trail ...

  • #2 Bronx River Pathway

    0 Reviews

    White Plains, NY

    Most of the trails in this book are either former railroad corridors or canal towpaths. The Bronx River Pathway is an exception. It lies in the corridor with, and alongside, the first automobile ...
    •  11.55 miles
    •  Guide

    Most of the trails in this book are either former railroad corridors or canal towpaths. The Bronx River Pathway is an exception. ...

  • #3 Warren County Bikeway

    1 Reviews

    Lake George, NY

    Glens Falls is an interesting small city in eastern New York, located on falls of the Hudson River near the resort community of Lake George. It’s the site of the Hyde Collection—a museum containing ...
    •  9.42 miles
    •  Guide

    Glens Falls is an interesting small city in eastern New York, located on falls of the Hudson River near the resort community ...

  • #4 Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail

    0 Reviews

    Glens Falls, NY

    Glens Falls is a community that ties into the memories of many people who lived through World War II. In 1944 Life magazine sent a team of photographers to this community for a multi-month series ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Glens Falls is a community that ties into the memories of many people who lived through World War II. In 1944 Life magazine ...

  • #5 Cayuga County Trail

    1 Reviews

    Martville, NY

    The Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV) was one of the “Anthracite Roads.” This was an informal group of railroads in the East that specialized in the transport of the black gold known as anthracite ...
    •  14.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV) was one of the “Anthracite Roads.” This was an informal group of railroads in the East that ...

  • #6 Pittsford Canal and Railroad Loop

    0 Reviews

    Pittsford, NY

    Here is one of the few opportunities to travel an abandoned railroad/canal and actually return to your car without seeing the same thing! This short trail is a pleasure for that reason and many ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Here is one of the few opportunities to travel an abandoned railroad/canal and actually return to your car without seeing ...

  • #7 Rivergate Trail

    0 Reviews

    Theresa, NY

    The Thousand Island region of New York is a special treat that belongs on everyone’s must-visit list. The main community of this extraordinary area is Clayton. Located on the St. Lawrence River ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    The Thousand Island region of New York is a special treat that belongs on everyone’s must-visit list. The main community ...

  • #8 Old Erie Canal Trail (Erie Canal, Middle Section)

    0 Reviews

    Canastoga, NY

    One of the best features at the beginning of this trail is the very interesting signage about the history of the canal. Be sure to read it before getting under way, as it will help make your ...
    •  35.5 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the best features at the beginning of this trail is the very interesting signage about the history of the canal. Be ...

  • #9 Outlet Trail

    0 Reviews

    Penn Yan, NY

    With all the grain mills (and, yes, distilleries also), this quaint village of Penn Yan has an interesting and storied past. Today residents realize just how lucky they are to have the rail-trail ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With all the grain mills (and, yes, distilleries also), this quaint village of Penn Yan has an interesting and storied past. ...

  • #10 Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

    4 Reviews

    Ulster County, NY

    Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Ulster County, New York. It is 10.4 miles long and begins at 338 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.8 miles with a total ...
    •  10.4 miles

    Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Ulster County, New York. It is 10.4 miles long and begins at 338 ...

  • #11 North County Trailway

    4 Reviews

    Rockefeller State Park Preserve, NY

    North County Trailway is a hiking and biking trail in Westchester County and Putnam County, New York. It is within Rockefeller State Park Preserve. It is 19.6 miles long and begins at 242 feet ...
    •  19.6 miles

    North County Trailway is a hiking and biking trail in Westchester County and Putnam County, New York. It is within Rockefeller ...

  • #12 Harlem Valley Rail Trail

    3 Reviews

    Harlem Valley Rail Trail, NY

    Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Columbia County, New York. It is within Harlem Valley Rail Trail. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 683 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.7 miles

    Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Columbia County, New York. It is within Harlem Valley Rail Trail. ...

  • #13 Orange Heritage Trailway

    3 Reviews

    Orange County, NY

    Orange Heritage Trailway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, New York. It is 12.9 miles long and begins at 430 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a ...
    •  12.9 miles

    Orange Heritage Trailway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, New York. It is 12.9 miles long and begins ...

  • #14 Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

    1 Reviews

    Corning City Preserve, NY

    Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Albany County, New York. It is within Corning City Preserve. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 9 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  5.0 miles

    Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Albany County, New York. It is within Corning City Preserve. ...

  • #15 Ontario Pathways Rail Trail

    0 Reviews

    Ontario County, NY

    Ontario Pathways Rail Trail is a hiking trail in Ontario County, New York. It is 21.4 miles long and begins at 724 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 42.7 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  21.4 miles

    Ontario Pathways Rail Trail is a hiking trail in Ontario County, New York. It is 21.4 miles long and begins at 724 feet altitude. ...

  • #16 D&H Canal Linear Park Towpath Trail

    1 Reviews

    Sullivan County, NY

    D&H Canal Linear Park Towpath Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sullivan County, New York. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 532 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 ...
    •  1.8 miles

    D&H Canal Linear Park Towpath Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sullivan County, New York. It is 1.8 miles long ...

  • #17 Genesee Valley Greenway

    1 Reviews

    Genesee Valley Greenway State Park, NY

    Genesee Valley Greenway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monroe County, New York. It is within Genesee Valley Greenway State Park and Genesee Valley Park. It is 10.4 miles long and begins ...
    •  10.4 miles

    Genesee Valley Greenway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monroe County, New York. It is within Genesee Valley Greenway ...

  • #18 Catharine Valley Planned

    1 Reviews

    Chemung County, NY

    Catharine Valley Planned is a hiking and biking trail in Chemung County, New York. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 780 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  3.1 miles

    Catharine Valley Planned is a hiking and biking trail in Chemung County, New York. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 780 ...

  • #19 Oswego Recreational Trail

    0 Reviews

    Oswego County, NY

    Oswego Recreational Trail is a hiking trail in Oswego County, New York. It is 12.2 miles long and begins at 407 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.5 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  12.2 miles

    Oswego Recreational Trail is a hiking trail in Oswego County, New York. It is 12.2 miles long and begins at 407 feet altitude. ...

  • #20 High Line

    0 Reviews

    Chelsea, NY

    Towering 30 feet over 1.5 miles of Manhattan’s West Side stands the spectacular High Line. Now a world- renowned tourist attraction and much-loved park, the High Line is constructed on a historical ...
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Towering 30 feet over 1.5 miles of Manhattan’s West Side stands the spectacular High Line. Now a world- renowned tourist ...