Corkscrew Rail Trail

The rail trail follows a section of the old Rutland Railroad which ran from Bennington, Vermont, to Chatham, New York. Due to tight turns between hills, this section was called "The Corkscrew." Although abandoned in 1952, many sections of the rail beds are in good condition. The Corkscrew Rail Trail Association was formed in 2014 by trail advocates from Stephentown and New Lebanon. Crossing the county line, this group works to open rail segments where landowners support year-round recreational use, except in deer hunting season. Starting small and building links, the group opened the first segment on June 6, 2015. It runs approximately 2.5 miles south from Knapp Road, Stephentown, past the Columbia County line into New Lebanon. We plan to work with other property owners to open additional sections in both New Lebanon and Stephentown.

Corkscrew Rail Trail Association

The trail is being developed by the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association, Inc., (CRTA) a non-profit all volunteer organization comprised of local community members. All are welcome to join. The CRTA is always looking for people to help with trail development and activities and donations of time, money or other in-kind donations. If you are interested in helping with this great community asset please contact us through this website or at our email ( or at (914) 575-2675 or at our mailing address P.O. Box 394, Stephentown, NY 12168. All donations are tax deductable. The CRTA meets monthly.

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