Next year, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from Amenia to Copake Falls without dealing with traffic or detours.
The final stage of construction on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will connect the two segments of the former Harlem Valley rail line turned hiking and biking trail.
The eight-mile segment, the construction of which began last month, will create one continuous, 23-mile trail. The newest segment will begin begin at Main Street on Route 44 in Millerton and end at Under Mountain Road in the Town of Ancram.
Tree clearing to begin the project is underway, with October 2020 slated as the estimated date of completion. The total trail will begin at the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia and end at the Copake Falls area of Taconic State Park in Columbia County. Dick Hermans is the Chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association.