Things to do on the Monroe NY Rail Trail

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Officially named the Orange Heritage Trail, but unofficially and simply called the "Rail Trail" by those who live in the area, this 15 mile route stretches from Monroe, NY to Goshen.  The mostly paved and flat trail passes through Monroe, Chester and Goshen. There are multiple uses for this trail as outlined below:


Walking and Running:  One of the most obvious uses is to take an afternoon stroll or a healthy run. The trail is relatively easy to access, with various parking areas in Harriman, Monroe, Chester and Goshen. The relative flatness and multiple shady areas makes it a fun place to run. 


Bicycling: Bicyclists use this trail often. Going from end to end would provide a nearly 30 mile round trip ride. Please note that if you start at the south end, and work your way north, the return route is almost all slightly uphill (you can't see the incline, but you'll feel it!).  Starting in Goshen and going south, then turning around and finishing on the slight decline is a little easier. Equipping your bike with a warning bell would be a great idea so you can navigate if necessary around joggers.


Dog walking: The rail trail is a great place to take your dogs for a walk (just remember the doggie poo bags!). The dogs will meet other dogs, and they go nuts smelling all the past visitors.


Historical aspect: Along the full length of the trail are not only corn and wheat fields, but a few historical stops: There is a saber fighter jet in the Monroe Airplane Park, a restored stone train station and museum in Chester, as well as a cemetery from the 1800s along the way.


Participate in marathons and other races:  There are often races and charitable walks that start at the Park & Ride in Monroe. 5K runs happen throughout the year.  


Flora and Fauna: If checking out plants and animals is more your style, there are various trees, flowers, berries, birds and butterflies for investigation. In fact, there are some of the biggest examples of poison ivy I've ever seen (I'm allergic and keep an eye out). The poison ivy is off the trail though, so as long as you stay on the trail, you'll be safe. It's the non-attack kind.


Picnics: Another fun idea would be to start on the north end, and bike down to the Monroe gooseponds area for a picnic. 


Cross Country Skiing: In the winter, the trail is not cleared of snow. Usage declines dramatically although there are still some people who continue to walk through the winter. However, because it's basically snow covered, the trail becomes a great place for cross country skis.


The bottom line, there is plenty to do year-round on the Monroe NY to Goshen NY Heritage Trail. Take advantage of the gorgeous Fall weather we've been having and get out there and check it out!



Comments (15)

Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

This is my idea of a great Localism post!  A destination with something for everyone, including our dogs, and the picture of the trees canopying over the trail made it very inviting.  Looking forward to someday visiting your area.  Good job & thanks for sharing!

Sep 25, 2015 10:09 PM
Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Florida Realty Investments - Sarasota, FL
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kat Palmiotti I love these converted railbeds for recreation. We have the Legacy Trail here in Sarasota County and it is very popular. Watch out for the poison ivy!

Sep 25, 2015 10:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Susan - Thank you for your comment!  It really is such a fun place to spend time.

Sandy/Norm - Running or walking on the streets around here is dangerous - for the most part, there are no sidewalks. It's great to have a safe place to exercise. And I ALWAYS am on the lookout for those "leaves of three."

Sep 25, 2015 10:33 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kat - the Rail Trail would be great for bicycling.  I would be using it it I live in the area.

Sep 25, 2015 11:40 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Kat Palmiotti 

Great local post on things to do. Beautiful pictures too. 

Sep 26, 2015 12:32 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kat. So many area have done such a great job with the old rail lines that have been taken up. The one you described is in such a beautiful area.

Make it a great weekend!

Sep 26, 2015 12:35 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I would do any and all of those things on the Monroe NY Rail Trail! All of that stuff is right up my alley!

Sep 26, 2015 02:00 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Howdy Kat.  These type of biking and walking trails are so nice in any community.  As you have pointed out so well with the 'Rail Trail', there is so much to enjoy for so many people.   Make it a great weekend.  Mark

Sep 26, 2015 06:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kat- I love what you've shared about the Orange Heritage Trail.  I could see having a picnic along the way.  It's such a treat when communities provide these outdoor areas. 

Sep 26, 2015 06:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Grant - The rail trail is great for biking!  I love it.

Alan - Thank you!

Joe - The great thing is they are really long, so the scenery changes, and they can be great for a full day of activities.

Nicole - Mine also!

Mark - In Spring, Summer and Fall, there are almost always people on the trail. In the Winter, it's rare.

Kathy - I agree; it is a treat. I'm surprised more people don't take advantage.

Sep 26, 2015 11:03 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kat.  The rail trail offers so many different options for people in your area.

Sep 26, 2015 09:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Conrad - It sure does!

Sep 26, 2015 10:41 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Great post Kat Palmiotti ....great options for area residents! I bet you get calls from this ....Have a great day!

Sep 27, 2015 06:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kat.  I would love to ride that trail on my bike.  Definitely uphill first, though.

Sep 27, 2015 09:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Rob - Thanks for your comment!  Have a great day also.

Gabe - Haha, yes, you can't even see the grade, but you can definitely feel it.

Sep 28, 2015 12:21 AM