The Andes Rail Trail
begins in the quaint town of Andes in the beautiful Catskill Mountains region of southeastern New York and follows a branch of the former Delaware and Northern Railroad.
At the end of the rail-trail portion, you continue on the Bullet Hole Spur Trail
, which offers a more challenging hike. This addition climbs the ridge above the rail bed through hardwood forest high above Bullet Hole Creek and the Tremperskill valley.
Need to Know
The trail surface is natural, with grass, dirt, roots, stones and sometimes mud in spots. Faint track ties can still be felt under foot in many areas of the first 0.8 miles on the rail trail section.
The Andes Rail Trail
is an easily accessible trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages.
The trail starts at 266 Depot Street at a the beautiful pergola and gate. Hikers will pass the historic Depot Building which was constructed in 1907. The first section of the trail is very flat and continues for one mile along the old rail bed. This section provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views.
In June 2013, the Bullet Hole Spur Trail
was opened. This trail extends an additional 2 miles, bringing the mileage for the hike to 4 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.
Bullet Hole Spur Trail
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.
Description courtesy of Catskill Mountain Club. For more information on this hike and other hikes in the area, visit their website
History & Background
At the trailhead, you'll find a lovely pergola and a 1907 train depot. A pit which once housed the railroad “Armstrong turntable” is still visible. Signage recalls the interesting history of the railroad line, including how it was used during the silent movie era.
Shared By: Mark Ballou