The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages.
The trail starts at the beautiful pergola and gate, at 266 Depot Stree. Pass the historic Depot Building, erected in 1907. The first section of the trail continues for one very flat mile (2 miles round trip) along the old rail bed, and provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views.
In June 2013, the Bullet Hole Spur addition to the hiking trail was opened. The Spur extends the rail trail an additional 2.2 miles, bringing the option of the total walk to 3.9 miles round trip. The Spur climbs the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek. The Spur is a bit more strenuous…there are a couple of well-designed moderately steep sections but they are followed by relatively flat sections so you get a nice breather after working a little harder. There are many wonderful views of the Tremperskill valley from the Spur.
The land along the trail is home to a variety of animal species and plant life, including raccoons, deer, coyotes, fox, turtle, bobcat, hawks, owls, and many kinds of birds.
The Andes Rail Trail offers a wonderful experience in every season. Spring brings an explosion of wildflowers, followed by the wild grasses and Joe Pye weed of summer, breathtaking fall foliage and austere and previously hidden views in the winter.
Enjoy a virtual walk on the trail created by one of our neighbors!
A big THANK YOU goes to the Common Ground Garden Club and the other volunteers and contributors that made the entry to the rail trail a very successful and beautiful community project. The entryway was designed by Mel Bellar, Garden Club member and owner of Zone4 Landscapes, and constructed with donations and labor from the Garden Club, and members of Andes Works!, the Catskill Mountain Club and generous Andes citizens. It is truly a wonderful addition to the trail.
Click the above map for a larger version or Click here for live full size topo map of the trail (online map software provided by www.MappingSupport.com)
Rail Trail Accessibility
Very easy: 1 mile (2 miles round trip) is flat, travelling on the old rail bed. Moderate: The second mile climbs up Hemlock Knoll with a switchback with stone steps in places ending above the Bullet Hole Creek. This portion is a moderate climb and makes the trail approximately 4 miles in total, round trip. Trail surface is natural, with grass, dirt, roots, stones and sometimes mud, in spots. Track ties can still be felt under foot in many areas. A small bog boardwalk spans the muddiest area. There may be wet and muddy spots during rainy or snowy spells.
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We received a grant from Parks and Trails, NY to erect a kiosk and create a brochure that people will be able to pick up in town to learn more about the trail. Check out our trail brochure.
Temporary content can already be seen in our lovely kiosk that echos the architecture of the train station.
We were featured in an article in the national magazine, Rails to Trails. Read about our little trail here.
We are currently working on:
The layout of the second section of trail.
A landscaped entry to the trail
Click on one of the links below to see more on……
We’d love to continue the project by adding additional benches, connecting the trail to Ballantine Park and restoring the historic Train Depot Building.
You can help support our efforts by:
- Donating to:
The Andes Rail Trail and Depot
115 Delaware Avenue
Andes, NY 13731
- spreading the word throughout our community about the benefits of the rail trail
- For more information or to volunteer for trail building and trail maintenance, send an email to: AndesTrails@AndesWorks.com
To volunteer for trail building and maintenance throughout the Catskills, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This Trail was created with the generous permission of many individual landowners.
PLEASE RESPECT THE LANDOWNERS’ PROPERTY AND PRIVACY
Please Preserve our Trail by adhering to the following:
- STAY ON TRAIL – Please Respect Private Property
- Entry to Adjacent Land is Prohibited
- Foot Travel Only
- Keep dogs on leash and pick up after them
- Pack Out Your Trash
- Do not disturb or feed wildlife or farm animals
- No Hunting, Trapping or Fishing
- This trail has a natural surface with rocks, roots and holes in spots. Hiking on the trail is at your own risk
- Note: There is no cell service on the trail.
- Open 7 am to Dusk
The Andes Rail Trail would not be possible without the generous permission of many individual landowners.
The Trail is a cooperative effort between Andes Works!, the Catskill Mountain Club, and the Town of Andes. Together, volunteers from these groups built a bog boardwalk, put a railing on an existing bridge and cut and trimmed their way to a beautiful path right in the village of Andes.
Thanks to the Landowners!
This trail is open with the generous permission of the landowners. Thank you for your generosity:
- Wayne and Diane Decker
- Michael Orio and Karen Bornarth
- Gary and Carol Swett
- Tom and Bunny Muzzonigro (Muzzy)
- Nicholas Burton and Maureen O’Reilly
- David Capps and Gina Lefferts
- Vincent Scinta
- Harvey and Judy Morse
Thanks to the Trail Team!
In addition to our gratitude to the landowners, we thank the trail team, who has spent many hours creating and maintaining the trail, creating the logo, kiosk and brochure/map
Trail Team as of 12/1/2012
Gary and Carol Swett
Silvia Morales, graphic design – Morales.email@example.com
Jake Rosa, sawmill
Black Dog Studios, kiosk
Be sure to visit the fine shops and eating establishments in the Town of Andes before or after your visit to the trail!
Welcome!Andes Works! is dedicated to finding a way to make Andes thrive in a frack-free economy. Please check out the links above to learn what we’re doing and why it matters, scroll down through the blog posts below to see the latest news, and visit the forum at the link below to find out ways you can get involved.
The Andes Ban on Fracking
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- Community Development
- DEC Documentation
- Economic Development
- Fracking and Health
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- Fracking and the Environment
- Fracking and Water
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