The Windham Trail Vision
Windham Area Recreation Foundation.
The Windham Multi-Use Path is a trail designed to connect the residential, business and activity centers of Windham, Hensonville and Maplecrest along the Batavia Kill corridor. The path will be constructed over several phases and will ultimately provide a means for residents and visitors to safely and easily recreate and travel by foot, bicycle, cross country ski or snowshoe. The numerous goals of the Windham Path include offering outdoor recreational and wellness opportunities, providing public access to the natural beauty of the Catskill region and the Batavia Kill Stream, increasing reliance upon alternative means of transportation throughout the community, and increasing eco-tourism thereby providing an economic boost to the region.
Though the Town of Windham is rich in its natural resources of land, streams, mountains and vistas, the town is not easily traveled without driving. The Windham Path hopes to change this by connecting the town in an environmentally friendly fashion that establishes the area as the premier east coast destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
The first phase of the Windham Path officially opened on Memorial Day 2013. It is a 1.5 mile loop accessed by a parking area on Route 23. This first phase provides the only public access to the Batavia Kill stream in Windham and contains five beautiful bridges. The path meanders through fields and woodlands and provides fantastic views of the great northern Catskills. The trail has already proven extremely popular with the community as a leisurely walking and bicycling path.
The second phase of the Windham Path officially opened on Memorial Day 2015. This phase is a ½ mile section that connects the business area of South Street and Route 296 to the first phase loop. This phase of the path also meanders through a beautiful meadow and along the stream, however, the most significant feature of this section of the path is the magnificent and picturesque covered bridge that spans the Batavia Kill.
The timing of the next phases is dependent upon many factors including landowner permission, permitting and fundraising, among others. It is, therefore, difficult to pinpoint the timeline for construction. WARF is focusing its attention on development of phases that will link the existing path to the center of Hensonville and the center of Maplecrest. WARF is also working very closely with Greene County to plan for the construction of a bicycle/pedestrian lane along South Street which will serve as an extension of the Windham Path.
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