A beautiful rail trail along the shores of the Ashokan reservoirs.

Statistics

3 - 4

hrs

158

m

144

m

2

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Easy

Description

The Ashokan Rail Trail runs along the shores of Lower Ashokan and Upper Ashokan reservoirs, providing an incredibly scenic natural escape in the Catskills.

Taken together, the Ashokan Reservoir "is one of the largest reservoirs in the NYC water supply system," according to [GothamBikeTours.com](https://gothambiketours.com/riding-the-ashokan-rail-trail/). This wide rail trail runs for just over 11 miles one-way along a finely crushed stone surface.

It measures 12 feet wide in most places, providing plenty of space for all of the trail users that flock here. Even though this route has been uploaded for hiking, the Ashokan Rail Trail is open for many types of non-motorized uses, "including hiking, walking dogs on leash, bicycling, running, nature observation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing," [according to AshokanRailTrail.com](https://ashokanrailtrail.com/).

"The ART trailheads are plowed in winter, but the trail itself is not," they continue. Sources: https://ashokanrailtrail.com/ https://gothambiketours.com/riding-the-ashokan-rail-trail/