Hudson River Brickyard Trail opens

KINGSTON – The just under two-mile section of the Empire State Trail that travels through the City of Kingston and the Town of Ulster is completed and open to the public.

  This section, called the Hudson River Brickyard Trail, passes through 520 acres of formerly industrial land, now known as Quarry Waters, which Scenic Hudson protected last year. 

With state funding, the City of Kingston, the Town of Ulster, Scenic Hudson, and regional and local partners collaborated to identify a new trail alignment, obtain local planning approvals and advance the project into construction. The trail’s route was chosen to minimize impacts to natural resources, maximize views of the Hudson River, and access future recreational amenities. 

  “Having the Empire State Trail through the City of Kingston will have enormous benefits for our community, and this section will be especially dynamic,” said Noble. “The Hudson River Brickyard Trail showcases our city’s former industrial life, yet introduces the visitor to beautiful vistas and unique geology of the area.”

The remainder of the Quarry Waters property currently is closed to the public while Scenic Hudson continues to evaluate its natural and industrial features with a team of consultants led by the landscape architecture firm OLIN. 

To learn more about the property, visit

  The Empire State Trail is the largest multi-use trail in the nation. This network of trails will contain 750-miles of pathways for walking/hiking and bicycling along scenic vistas and through New York’s historic communities.

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