Update on the Monroe NY Rail Trail- Heritage Trail

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

I shared the below information regarding things to do on the Orange Heritage Trail, also known as the "Rail Trail" previously. The trail is a 15 mile route that stretches from Monroe, NY to Goshen and is mostly paved and flat, passing through Monroe, Chester and Goshen. 


Currently, the northern end of the trail is in Goshen, NY, but talk has existed for years about the potential for the trail to be extended even further north to Middletown, NY. Yesterday, on December 10th, 2015, the Orange County Industrial Development Agency board approved a $1 million grant to help pay for the construction to expand the trail. In addition, on the same date, the state approved a $500K grant for the same purpose. The project does not appear to be fully funded yet, but progress is moving forward with this ten mile expansion of a wonderful Orange County resource.


The below information has been shortened from the original blog (click here to review original post in its entirety).


Walking and Running:  One of the most obvious uses is to take an afternoon stroll or a healthy run. 


Bicycling: Bicyclists use this trail often. Going from end to end would provide a nearly 30 mile round trip ride. 


Dog walking: The rail trail is a great place to take your dogs for a walk (just remember the doggie poo bags!).


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.


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. 


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 (and eventually Middletown NY) Heritage Trail. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having and get out there and check it out!



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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®


Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904


eXp Realty - New York


email: kat@thehousekat.com



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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Kat. We have a number of old railroad bed trails that have been improved and are wonderful for anyone looking to get out into nature to run, walk and bike ride.

Great to hear that the trail you described will be expanded.

Dec 10, 2015 10:20 PM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm a big fan of trail running ( with Mac) and we would use this awesome trail frequently. What a wonderful resource for locals. D

Dec 10, 2015 11:25 PM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

That is great Kat,  can never have enough trails in our country.  Have a great weekend


Dec 10, 2015 11:42 PM #3
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

We have a similar trail that runs through the entire Town of Gilbert. It's not as lush and green as yours however since we're in the desert. I used to run on it a lot for my marathon training. 

Dec 11, 2015 01:20 AM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The Monroe New York Rail Trail - Heritage Trail sounds like an amazing experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 11, 2015 12:46 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

One of my favorite programs, Kat.  I hope this extension will soon become a reality.

Dec 11, 2015 08:25 PM #6
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Kat Palmiotti , We are seeing old railway routes, used for biking and hiking trails around here. Whoever stared doing this was a genius.

Dec 12, 2015 11:43 AM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I have friends upstate that would have interest in this all this! Thank you for posting this! Love and light!

Dec 13, 2015 01:13 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'm also looking for a place upstate the bike a little bit and this might be the spot, actually! Come to think of it.

Dec 13, 2015 01:15 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Kat - that is good news for about the grant.  That sounds like a great place to take a walk or ride a bike.

Dec 13, 2015 09:03 PM #10
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kat, having a network of trails close to home opens up all sorts of opportunities for outdoor fun.  The expansion sounds like a great thing for the community.

Dec 14, 2015 10:52 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat- we would definitely use this trail if we lived up there.  What a great resource for those in the community. 

Dec 14, 2015 10:56 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

This brings back memories when my father would look for trails and it left a lasting impression on me even today...Endre

Dec 14, 2015 01:59 PM #13
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Joe - I'm looking forward to being able to bike that far! 

Debb - It sure is! A lot of people take advantage of the trail, especially on beautiful Spring and Summer days.

Will - Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole - I'm so impressed about the marathons. Those must be so difficult.

Lou - It definitely gets us out to enjoy nature more.

Gabe - I hope so also.

Larry - I agree. It was a great idea and these trails can be found all through the country.

Laura - Come on up! This isn't really that far from you.

Grant - It really is, and yes it's good news.

Pat - I agree, I think this is a great thing, even if most people only use it near their town (I bet not too many people will want to bike another 20 miles round trip but I think that would be a fun day).

Kathy - It really is a wonderful thing.

Endre - I'm glad you have good memories!

Dec 14, 2015 07:55 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the update on the Orange Heritage Trail.

Have an outstanding week.

Dec 15, 2015 01:43 AM #15
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