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Directions & Location

Rosendale & District

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1 hour and 45 minutes north of NYC
4 hours south of Boston
30 Minutes West of Metro North / Amtrak Railway Station in Poughkeepsie, NY
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Cross George Washington Bridge (upper level); take an immediate right onto the Palisades Parkway; continue several miles to the interchange of Exit 9 West to NYS Thruway 87/287, toward Albany. Follow all signs for 87N. After a drive of about 1 1/2 hour, take exit 18, New Paltz; after toll booth take first left at traffic light onto Route 299 toward New Paltz. Proceed through New Paltz and follow signs to 32 North. Turn right onto route 32 North and continue 7 miles toward Rosendale. Turn left onto 213 West immediately after the blue bridge. Proceed 2.5 miles out of town to Mossy Brook Road and turn left. Take the first immediate left after the bridge onto Mountain Road. Continue up and around for .8 of a mile and make a hard right into the driveway. Take the right fork in the driveway. Follow signs for the Sanctuary - 333 Mountain Road.


Take exit 19 from I-87 to 209 South. Proceed 10.5 miles, through Stone Ridge, then turn left at the 2nd light onto 213 East toward Rosendale. Go 2.5 miles though High Falls and turn right onto Mossy Brook Road. Take the first immediate left onto Mountain Road and up .8 of a mile. Make a hard right into the driveway. Take the right fork in the driveway.


NOTE: By far the easiest public transportation mode from NYC
Call Trailways, 800.858.8555, for information and departure times to Rosendale, NY. Bus ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City, to Rosendale takes less than 2 hours and round-trip fare is $40.60.

Buses leave NYC Port Authority Terminal at 41st Street and 8th Avenue, PURCHASE your ticket BEFORE going to the gate; you can purchase tickets at Pine Hill Trailways or a Greyhound kiosk in the South terminal. Make sure you arrive at the gate 20 minutes before departure time to ensure getting a seat.

NOTE: There is no Taxi service in Rosendale. A Taxi is available from NEW PALTZ bus station (before the Rosendale stop) and a reservation is suggested (LOCAL Taxi SERVICE is in New Paltz call 845.255.1550 for fares and service.) Pick up from Rosendale bus stop may be arranged through your group.


METRO NORTH Train Service HUDSON LINE to 41 Main Street, at the Route 9 interchange Poughkeepsie NY, 12602 (73.5 miles to Grand Central Terminal) . Call Metro North, 212.532.4900, for information and train schedules, Poughkeepsie, NY. Train ride is about 1 ½ hours from New York City. At the Poughkeepsie station taxis are available to Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale. Call

AMTRAK Call Amtrak, 800.872.7245, for information and train schedules to Poughkeepsie, NY. Train ride is about 1 ½ hours from New York City. Reservations are advised.

NOTE: Taxis to Rosendale are available at the Poughkeepsie station. Call Delroy Taxi: 845.452.1222. Cabs meet most trains. Some taxis will pick you up in Rosendale for your return trip - though they may require you to prepay for your return service. Call in advance for detailed information. There is a $2.00 shuttle bus with a limited schedule between Poughkeepsie train station and Rosendale Park and Ride - it takes about 45 minutes. You will need to coordinate your arrival with your group leader, the Park and Ride is 5 minutes from Lifebridge. Call in advance 888.827.8288 for shuttle schedule and fees. Ask for dispatch.


STEWART/NEWBURGH AIRPORT is 45 minutes south of the Sanctuary: Car service is available to Lifebridge Sanctuary from the airport. We recommend Visconti Limousine from Stewart 845.562.5671.

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is 1 hour 30 minutes North of the Sanctuary: Click on the airport link for ground transportation information to the Sanctuary. We recommend a car rental although car service is available from the airport.

All NY Metropolitan area Airports connect to Port Authority Terminal for Trailways Bus service to Rosendale.

Rosendale & District

Rosendale and the Surrounding District

Rosendale rail bridgeThe Town of Rosendale was founded in 1844. Rosendale was once famous for the cement it produced. Once known for the best quality cement available anywhere in the world, cement from Rosendale was used in the construction of many National landmarks, including: the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the bases of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam, and many others, including New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

One of the most interesting sites to visit in Rosendale is the Century House Historical Society the A.J. Snyder Estate, featuring the Widow Jane Mine an old cement mine, now a museum. These folks preserve Rosendale's history. The area is rich in limestone deposits and rosy quartz conglomerate.

Shawangunk Ridge

Shawangunk RidgeRosendale is located at the northern terminus of the famous Shawangunk Ridge widely known for its impressive biological diversity and unique geology. There are numerous notable features including: dramatic cliffs and outcroppings; ice caves; and talus fields. The Shawangunk Ridge is an important resource for all the surrounding towns that border the ridge as it contains the headwaters of numerous mountain streams and provides a pristine watershed for aquifer recharge and public drinking water supplies. The ridge is also a very significant ecological habitat containing: globally significant dwarf pine forests, rare pitch pine forests, numerous rare plant and animal species, and large segments of unbroken forest communities.

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