Rail Trail News

Rail Trail News

Latest Updates

Follow the Friends of the Rail Trail Facebook page for the latest Rail Trail news.

July 7, 2020: Phase One of the South End Connector, a connection between the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and the Mohawk Hudson Hike-Bike Trail, is complete! Read more in the Times Union article.

July 11, 2018: Albany County,  in cooperation with the Town of Bethlehem and MHLC, announced rail trail improvements: the final paving schedule,  bike repair stations and sunscreen available along the trail, and CDTA Cycle! bikes for rent on the south end at Pearl Street in Albany. There are now three workout stations between Bethlehem and Voorheesville. MHLC has also implemented a bench program, selling benches that can be dedicated to a loved one for $500 that will be placed along the rail trail for users to take a break, relax and enjoy their surroundings.

Learn more: read the Spotlight News piece from July 11.

June 16, 2018: In a press release this morning, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced the paving schedule for the final portion of the Rail Trail! We have the full press release with details on the MHLC blog.

May 18, 2018: We had a fantastic turnout for our annual Bike to Work Day, a celebration of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. Visit the MHLC Facebook page  to see photos from this fun event.

June 19, 2017: MHLC is offering three outings on the Rail Trail for our 2017 Hike-a-thon on July 22. Join us for a Botany and History Accessible Hike, a Fun Ride for all ages, or a bike-hike that encompasses the entire length of the trail! Register today!

May 19, 2017: Join the us on May 19 for Bike to Work Day! Walk, stroll, ride, or glide along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail on Friday, May 19th and show your appreciation for this treasured community resource. You are invited to join Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, New York State Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson, and the New York Bicycling Coalition at this free event, which begins a light breakfast at 8 AM at our office at 425 Kenwood Avenue. At 8:30, guests will hit the Rail Trail to ride. Bike to Work Day is open to anyone, whether or not they are able to bike to their place of work from the Rail Trail. Join in for free refreshments and a bit of outdoor exercise before you start your day. Register today!

May 15, 2017: Albany County will be closing the trail at the Hilton Road intersection at some point in the next month for a construction project with the Town of New Scotland. This section is expected to be closed for a week. There will be signs at Upper Font Grove and Voorheesville Ave. There will be hard barricades at the project site please keep in mind that anyone crossing these barricades onto the construction site will then be trespassing. The trail will be useable up to those points. We will post firm dates as soon as we have them for this closure.

May 5, 2017: MHLC is thrilled to announce the creation of Art on the Rail Trail (ART), a new committee of volunteers! The dedicated and inspired volunteers of ART work to support and improve the Albany County Helderberg- Hudson Rail Trail by creating public works of art along the trail, enriching the lives of visitors and engaging the community. To learn more, visit our Art on the Rail Trail page

January 28, 2017: Congratulations to Stewart Dutfield, Rail Trail Ambassador Coordinator! Stewart organizes over 50 volunteers to monitor the Rail Trail and provide weekly reports on Rail Trail conditions and issues. At the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Annual Dinner, Mr. Dutfield was presented with the inaugural Dan Driscoll Leadership Award for his dedication and hard work to protect and promote the Rail Trail. This award is named in memory of Dan Driscoll, founding member, past board chair, and dedicated volunteer. Read more about Stewart’s award and the Annual Dinner.

December 14, 2016: The Town of New Scotland’s Town Board officially approved the creation of the Captain Joseph Hilton Town Park, the new home of the historic Hilton Barn. The creation of the park completes a multi-year collaboration between town government, dedicated citizens, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, and generous donors Peter and Barbara Kelly and Jennifer Hilton. The park will provide an attractive setting for the Hilton Barn and will enhance the ACHH Rail Trail by creating a new recreational and educational destination for pedestrians and cyclists. Read more about plans for the Hilton Barn on MHLC’s blog.

May 23, 2016: A crowd of enthusiastic individuals joined Albany County to officially open the paved portion of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail. County Executive Daniel P. McCoy was joined by state and local officials, and MHLC Executive Director, Mark King. Three common themes were heard from the speakers; giving thanks to everyone involved in making the Rail Trail a reality; excitement and joy for this tremendous achievement; and the need to maintain momentum and energy for the Rail Trail and it’s continuous improvement. Visit our blog for photos and a description of the event.

January 11, 2016: More than 130 enthusiastic people braved a cold snowy evening to learn about progress on the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail. There was standing room only at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Voorheesville, as representatives of Albany County discussed the progress and status of the project. County Public Works Commissioner Darrell Duncan, William Anslow, County Engineer, George Penn, Acting Director of Operations and Scott Siegel, Policy Analyst with the County Executive’s office spent nearly two hours providing details on the many aspects of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail project. Download the full meeting minutes.

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