Heritage Trail extended in Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN – Orange County and Middletown officials, Thursday, cut the ribbon on a 3 ¼ mile extension of the Heritage Trail from Hartley Road in the Town of Goshen to Palmer Avenue in the City of Middletown.

“The Heritage Trail is one of the most popular recreation destinations in the county and the extension of the trail will greatly benefit residents who utilize it for exercise and wellness,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “This project has been talked about for more than 20 years.”

The Palmer Avenue project included grading and paving a 10-foot-wide asphalt shared use trail including constructing a tunnel under Dolsontown Road and repairing four existing railroad bridges.

The Heritage Trail now runs some 18 miles from Middletown to Harriman with approximately 500,000 people using it each year for running, biking, hiking and environmental and natural studies.