On any given day in the center of the hamlet of Wallkill you’re apt to find young mothers with children gathered on the ample grounds of the public library, which also serve as a large shady playground for the kindergarten set. Wallkill is one of the few small towns in the area which offer play spaces inside the town proper and five-star outdoor recreation activities on its immediate outskirts.
The Wallkill Rail Trail and the Wallkill River Walk are just two examples of fresh-air diversions on hand for residents of this town of about 2,500 bordering the Ulster side of the Ulster/Orange county line. A gateway to the rural pleasures of the Shawangunk Mountains, Wallkill attracts fly fishermen, rock climbers, kayakers, hikers and backpackers who come to enjoy the simple pastimes offered by the Wallkill River and the Shawangunk Ridge, whose cliffs form the western edge of the Appalachian valley.
After a day outdoors, head to the Magnanini Winery to experience simple, authentic Italian food and good Hudson Valley wine grown on 13 rolling acres of vineyard in the Wallkill country side. Started in 1970 by the brother of a famous Italian painter – Magnanini’s works hang in The Hermitage – the winery has become popular with locals and day-trippers alike. Dinners can become boisterous affairs, with lively music and entertainment frequently scheduled.