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As of January 1, 2024, the Rensselaer Land Trust has merged with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. For all questions regarding donations, events, land, or other matters, please visit or call 518-712-9211. For questions about the merger, use extension 101 to speak with Jim Bonesteel. You can expect a new name and logo for our merged organization by Spring / Summer 2024 and a new website by the end of the year!

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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 county lines, this group is working to get trail segments where the landowners are supportive open for year‐round recreational use, starting small and building links and support. The first segment opened on June 6, 2015. It is over three miles long, and goes south from Knapp Road, Stephentown past the Columbia County Line. The Corkscrew Rail Trail Association plans to work with other property owners to open additional sections in both New Lebanon and Stephentown.

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The Rensselaer Land Trust and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance have partnered with and fostered this project. For more information, trail map, photos, and more please see.