Welcome to the Beacon Line Rail Trail website. The Beacon Line Rail Trail will be a shared-use bicycling and pedestrian path running along a 25-mile portion of the Metro-North Railroad (MNR) Beacon Line Corridor from Brewster, NY to Hopewell Junction, NY. The Beacon Line does not currently have active train traffic, the project proposes building a “rail with trail” on the Brewster to Hopewell Junction segment. The Trail is set to be completed in 2020.
The Beacon Line Rail Trail is an important part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Putnam Trailway and the Dutchess Rail Trail and Walkway Over the Hudson State Park. The Empire State Trail, when completed in 2020, will create a 750-mile trail bike and walking pathway from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo.
The Trail crosses through two counties (Putnam and Dutchess), five towns, and one village. Along the route, the trail goes through rural landscapes and wooded areas featuring seasonal waterfalls and crossing of the Appalachian Trail along the way.
At the southern end, the Beacon Line Rail Trail will connect to the Putnam Trailway and the Maybrook Trailway, and to the north, the Dutchess Rail Trail. There is MNR station access nearby at Poughkeepsie and in Brewster, providing multi-modal access to transit along the trail.
View the entire route below or click on the following sections to see more detailed maps:
The Beacon Line Rail Trail can bring a number of benefits to surrounding communities (click a benefit below to learn more.):
Public informational meetings were held in Dutchess on November 13, 2017 and Putnam on November 14, 2017. The meetings included a presentation of the Draft Concept Plan followed by workshops to engage attendees and receive their questions and concerns. Future public meetings will be held as the design progresses and are expected to be scheduled for the Summer of 2018. Meetings will be advertised in newspapers and on our website. Please check the website periodically for updates. Thank you.
The project is seeking public comment on the Draft Beacon Line Rail Trail Concept Plan. Please provide your email address and comments through the form below. Your comments, observations, and concerns will be incorporated through the public engagement process.