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Support the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

Do you enjoy the Dutchess Rail Trail? So do we! That is why we are working to make the Dutchess Rail Trail even better!

Ever since we first began planning the Dutchess Rail Trail, our goal has been to make a true community park. That is why we held community outreach meetings in each of the towns the DRT passes through, to get feedback and input from residents. That input has been invaluable to us as we have developed the DRT and opened each Phase for use.

How Can You Support the Dutchess Rail Trail?

You can help make the Dutchess Rail Trail a world-class facility with a monetary donation or with a donation of your time and talent in the following ways:

Adopt-A-Trail Sponsorship

As an Adopt-A-Trail sponsor, your organization will be responsible for litter clean-up along a designated half mile section of the DRT four times per year. The Dutchess County Department of Public Works will provide safety vests and garbage bags and will remove the collected garbage afterwards. Your sponsorship and efforts will be recognized with signage at each end of the assigned segment.

Adopt-A-Trail is a perfect opportunity for scout or youth organizations, schools, civic or  environmental clubs, town committees, local businesses as well as fraternal or religious  organizations to make a positive contribution to the health and well-being of our Dutchess County community. Additionally, this project allows your organization to gain name recognition and exposure to thousands of trail visitors.

Adopt-A-Garden-Bed Volunteers

Do you have a green thumb? Would you like to put your gardening talent on display for  thousands of trail users? Why not Adopt-A-Garden Bed along the Dutchess Rail Trail?

The Adopt-A Garden Bed responsibilities include purchasing appropriate annual or perennial plants, bed preparation and planting, occasional weeding and watering as needed to keep the garden area in good condition.  

Signage would be posted at the garden bed to recognize the adopting group.

Information About Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-A-Garden-Bed

To learn more about the DRT’s Adopt-A-Trail and Adopt-A-Garden-Bed programs please contact Sandy Washburn, Parks Director at 845-298-4600, email, or complete and submit the online Comments form.