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Thanks to your help, the Rosendale Trestle OPENED June 2013! 150 feet high, 940 feet long, and a iconic landmark of this extension of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

Together  the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and Open Space Institute completed the $1.5 million fundraising for the restoration of the trestle! 

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust, in partnership with Open Space Institute, acquired 11.5 miles of rail bed in Rosendale and Ulster including the Trestle in 2009, and since then we focused on restoring the trestle. The $1.5 million campaign for the Trestle restoration was celebrated a grand opening June 29, 2013 and the trestle is now open dawn to dusk every day.

The Rosendale Trestle Parking Lot
(also Parking for the Rosendale Section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail) is located at Binnewater Road.

 Where is the best place to park?

The closest  (and most available and most legal) place to park near the Rosendale Trestle is on Binnewater Road. We do not recommend parking at Saint Peter's Church.

  • From Main Street, Rosendale (St. Route 213), travel West (under the Trestle).
  • Make a Right (caution: this is a sharp turn) onto Binnewater Road.
  • Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot will be about 1/3 mile up the road, on the Left.
  • Once out of your car, use the crosswalk to access the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
  • Make a Right onto the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and walk (or bike) 1/3 mile down to the Trestle.

 What's the best way to get there on foot/by bicycle?

There are a few ways to get to the Rosendale Trestle on foot/by bicycle:



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Help support the ongoing maintenance of the Rosendale Trestle by donating to this campaign of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Celebrate a loved one, a memory, or show your business support through your design.

For a donation of $1,500 or more, you decide what you want on your plaque, and work with our designer to ensure the text and/ or image meets your expectations.

The one of a kind Trestle plaques are a bronzed 4 ¾” x 4 ¾ “ and 3/16” thick. The recessed surface is patinaed, and the entire plaque lacquer sealed. Each plaque is riveted to the Corten-steel railings, spaced apart (approximately 8 feet).

To donate to the Trestle Fund click here.

Click here to download the plaque design form.

The Connector Trail is a safe way to travel up to the Rosendale Trestle and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, from Main Street Rosendale, while avoiding the dangerous turn of Keator Avenue.

To access the Trestle using the Connector Trail From Town:

You can park in the Town of Rosendale, at the public parking lot behind the Rosendale Theater, and walk on the sidewalk towards the Trestle on Route 213. Turn onto Keator Ave Bridge (remaining on the sidewalk). Once you cross the Bridge, turn right before the Church and walk along the old Fairview Ave roadbed (this looks like a dirt road), along the Rondout Creek. Once you reach the base of the Trestle, you have reached your destination.

To access Town using the Connector Trail From the Trestle:

Park at the Binnewater Kiln Parking Lot. Travel along the Rail Trail towards the Trestle. Cross the Trestle. Once you reach the south end of the Trestle, you will see the Connector Trail to your right. Travel down the Connector Trail to where it ends at a dirt road. This is the old Fairview Ave roadbed. Travel to your right, remaining on the roadbed until you reach the Keator Ave Bridge. Cross the Bridge using the sidewalks and head into Town, using the sidewalks on Route 213.


  • Please do not park under the Trestle- the Connector Trail is not a parking area!
  • Please do not ride your bike up or down the Connector Trail. You can carry it up or down. The Connector Trail contains stone steps, and is NOT safe nor appropriate for bicycle riding.
  • Temporary signage is in place, and WVLT cannot place signage anywhere that is not our property, so please be patient as we work with the Town and County to improve signage in the area. The Town has received a wonderful grant to improve signage and linkages throughout Rosendale, and we are working with them so that the Trestle, the Rail Trail, and the Connector Trail fit into the larger picture.