MILLERTON – The completion of phase IV of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail was celebrated on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting at the trailhead at the Village Green in Millerton.
The project, which has been open since November, is an eight-mile segment that links Dutchess and Columbia counties. The completion of this section provides 23 miles of continuous trail from the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia to the Copake Falls area of the Taconic State Park.
“This extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Train traverses some of the most picturesque landscapes and wetlands, giving safe, environmentally friendly access for residents and visitors alike to explore all that northeastern Dutchess has to offer,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail was Dutchess County’s first rail trail with the first section built in 1996.
“For almost two decades, residents and visitors have been drawn from all over to enjoy nature and the communities along the HVRT,” said Board Chairman Richard Hermans.