"This beautiful, 12-mile hiking and biking trail (6 miles one way) passes through two quaint seventeenth-century villages, skirts farms, passes through woods, and crosses over rivers and streams. The elevated rail bed provides a view of the surrounding area, including woodland ponds, the Wallkill River, and the Shawangunk Mountains in the distance. Wood turtles, woodcocks, songbirds, broadwing hawks, great horned owls, fox, white-tailed deer, and raccoons are frequently sighted. The well-maintained cinder trail is essentially flat. It can be ridden as an out and back or as a loop by returning to the start via one of twenty-one paved roads that cross the trail. The trail passes through the New Paltz Historic District, which features seventeenth-century stone houses and the old railroad station that served the trains on this former Conrail route. There is also a Mexican restaurant, a bistro, a bakery, and several pizza parlors to top off a leisurely ride. The ride begins in the town of New Paltz, 15 miles south of Kingston and 1.5 miles from the New York State Thruway (I-87). Negligible Elevation change."