There’s some wonderful and recently improved running in Kingston, site of the Hudson Maritime Museum and Kingston Point Beach. We’ve put together a route combining the Kingston Rail Trail from downtown, a path along the waterfront in Kingston, and the new Brickyard Trail. Combined, this is a ~10 mile run. To save 2.6 miles, start at the waterfront. Note: Just west of the Brickyard Trail will soon be a 520-acre public park!
Our route starts in downtown Kingston, using the paved Kingston Rail Trail to head downhill to the waterfront. One at the waterfront, there’s a waterfront path that runs for 1 mile, heading south along TR Gallo Waterfront Park to the end of W Strand St. and north to just past the Hudson Maritime Museum. To reach the BrickYard Trail, continue north along Rondout Landing to E Strand St. and then connect to the Kingston Point Rail Trail, which runs right along the water for 0.8 miles to Kingston Point (note: this trail is being improved). Run through Rotary Park to pick up the paved BrickYard Trail, at North St. The BrickYard is a new 1.9-mile section of the city’s Kingston Greenline and the Empire State Trail, featuring an organic, meandering design along the shoreline of East Kingston, with views to the river and nearby cliffs. The northern end is at First St. For the return, we use North St./East Strand to the Rail Trail.
Add-Ons/Options. A nice add-on is ~0.5 miles of the Kingston Rail Trail through Kingston Point Park. To make this a shorter run, start at the waterfront instead of downtown, which saves 2.6 miles.
- Full route is 10 miles (15.8 km). To save 2.6 miles, start at the waterfront instead of downtown
- 437 feet (133m) for full route -- almost all the hills are the Kingston Rail Trail section. The waterfront sections are flat
- Kingston Rail Trail start downtown is at E Chester & Jansen Ave. Waterfront start is at the Maritime Museum or Kingston Point Beach
- Depends on where you start. Parking for the BrickYard trail is at Kingston Point Beach