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 All Chester Village ListingsOrange

 Chester Village Scenic Hudson Valley

Heritage Trail, Orange Heritage Trail, scenic vistas, roller blading,Things to Do on the Orange Heritage Trail, Audubon (birding), Biking, Hiking / Walking, Inline Skating, Scenic Views, Wheelchair accessible, Winter Activities | Orange Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Chester

845-615-3830 
  The Heritage Trail, aka, Orange Heritage Trail, is a multi-use 11.5 asphalt trail offering attractive scenic vistas and access from the Village of Goshen to the Village of Monroe for walking, biking and roller blading.

"The Heritage Trail is a 10-foot wide trail on the right-of-way of the former Erie Railroad. When completed, the trail will extend from the City of Middletown to the Village of Harriman. The trail features sections of both asphalt and limestone surface. The current trail winds through a bird/wildlife sanctuary, historic landmarks, murmuring streams, rolling meadows and friendly communities. Trail users may enjoy biking, walking, rollerblading, nature study as well as shopping and dining in the local villages. Access points are in Monroe, Chester and Goshen, all with convenient parking." Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Chester | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Cornwall ListingsOrange

 Cornwall Scenic Hudson Valley

field station for scientific research, education, dramatic topography, lakes and streams, Things to Do, Birding, Hiking Paths, Scenic Views, Additional Activities, Hiking Bear Mountain, directions to Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, New York Highlands | Orange Black Rock Forest

 
  Black Rock Forest is a nearly 4000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research, conservation, and education. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a unique alliance of colleges and universities, public and independent K-12 schools, and leading scientific and cultural institutions that operates the Black Rock Forest, located 50 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Highlands. Black Rock Forest | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Cornwall-on-Hudson ListingsOrange

 Cornwall-on-Hudson Scenic Hudson Valley

Storm King Mountain, Cornwall-On-Hudson, Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead, Things to Do, Bird Watching, Hiking and walking trails, Picnicking, Scenic views of Hudson River and Hudson Highlands, birding, hiking, nature study, restaurants in New Paltz | Orange Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead Storm King "Scenic Hudson Valley"

845-534-7900 
  Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead
Storm King Mountain
Cornwall-On-Hudson, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State


The Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead provides access to Storm King Mountain, where Scenic Hudson got its start in the fight to Save the Land that Matters Most. Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead Storm King  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Orange  website and more . . .

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Nature trails, Things to Do, Hiking / Walking Trails, Nature Study, Scenic Views, dine at restaurants in Orange County, restaurants in Orange County, New York, Cornwall, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, New York State | Orange Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

845-534-5506 
  Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Cornwall, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State


"Scenic Hudson originally protected these 178 acres, once part of historic Kenridge Farm. Today 3 miles of trails winding through or along forests, meadows and wetlands enhance activities at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center. There is a universally accessible bird-observation platform, and four interactive trail quests are available to guide wildlife exploration." Hudson Highlands Nature Museum | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Fort Montgomery ListingsOrange

 Fort Montgomery Scenic Hudson Valley

photo, Bear Mountain Bridge, photo Popolopen Creek, Hudson River Valley,  Appalachian Trail, bridge, Popolopen Suspension Bridge,  Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge,  Hudson River, suspension foot bridge,  Fort Montgomery | Orange Popolopen Creek at Bear Mountain "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Creek from Bear Mountain Bridge.

Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Creek from the Bear Mountain Bridge The Bear Mountain Bridge offers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. The bridge's roadway has eight-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail. Crossing the bridge on foot offers magnificent views, wonderful photo opportunities, and an invigorating walk.

On the walkway facing northeast, you can see 3 bridges from the Bear Mountain Bridge: the Popolopen Suspension Bridge, the Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge, and the train tracks. These bridges cross Popolopen Creek. Popolopen Creek at Bear Mountain  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Orange  more . . .

10922, photo, Popolopen Creek, Popolopen Footbridge, Orange County, American Revolutionary War, Hudson River, history, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Appalachian Trail, Bear Mountain Park, American Revolutionary battles | Orange Popolopen Suspension Footbridge "Fort Montgomery"

 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Suspension Footbridge.

Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Suspension Footbridge Popolopen Creek
Popolopen Creek is a stream, mostly fed by Lake Popolopen, Stillwell Lake, and Weyant's Pond, that drains into the Hudson River. In 2002, New York's Governor George Pataki, dedicated a long suspension footbridge that spans Popolopen Creek. The footbridge connects the trail between the twin forts of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, carrying the Appalachian Trail across Popolopen Creek. Popolopen Suspension Footbridge  "Fort Montgomery" | Orange  more . . .
 All Goshen ListingsOrange

 Goshen Scenic Hudson Valley

Heritage Trail, Orange Heritage Trail, scenic vistas, roller blading,Things to Do on the Orange Heritage Trail, Audubon (birding), Biking, Hiking / Walking, Inline Skating, Scenic Views, Wheelchair accessible, Winter Activities | Orange Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Goshen

845-615-3830 
  The Heritage Trail, aka, Orange Heritage Trail, is a multi-use 11.5 asphalt trail offering attractive scenic vistas and access from the Village of Goshen to the Village of Monroe for walking, biking and roller blading.

"The Heritage Trail is a 10-foot wide trail on the right-of-way of the former Erie Railroad. When completed, the trail will extend from the City of Middletown to the Village of Harriman. The trail features sections of both asphalt and limestone surface. The current trail winds through a bird/wildlife sanctuary, historic landmarks, murmuring streams, rolling meadows and friendly communities. Trail users may enjoy biking, walking, rollerblading, nature study as well as shopping and dining in the local villages. Access points are in Monroe, Chester and Goshen, all with convenient parking." Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Goshen | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Monroe ListingsOrange

 Monroe Scenic Hudson Valley

Heritage Trail, Orange Heritage Trail, scenic vistas, roller blading,Things to Do on the Orange Heritage Trail, Audubon (birding), Biking, Hiking / Walking, Inline Skating, Scenic Views, Wheelchair accessible, Winter Activities | Orange Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Monroe

845-615-3830 
  The Heritage Trail, aka, Orange Heritage Trail, is a multi-use 11.5 asphalt trail offering attractive scenic vistas and access from the Village of Goshen to the Village of Monroe for walking, biking and roller blading.

"The Heritage Trail is a 10-foot wide trail on the right-of-way of the former Erie Railroad. When completed, the trail will extend from the City of Middletown to the Village of Harriman. The trail features sections of both asphalt and limestone surface. The current trail winds through a bird/wildlife sanctuary, historic landmarks, murmuring streams, rolling meadows and friendly communities. Trail users may enjoy biking, walking, rollerblading, nature study as well as shopping and dining in the local villages. Access points are in Monroe, Chester and Goshen, all with convenient parking." Heritage Trail (aka) Orange Heritage Trail - Monroe | Orange  website and more . . .
 All New Windsor ListingsOrange

 New Windsor Scenic Hudson Valley

12584, Historic Site, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, General George Washington, War of Independence, fun for children, kids, children, Attractions, Educational Services, Hiking, Picnic Area, Scenic Views | Orange New Windsor Cantonment "State Historic Site"

845-561-1765 
  New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is located at 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY 12553 in Orange County.

From New Windsor Cantonment: "New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is where the Continental Army under General George Washington spent the last winter and spring of the Revolutionary War. In October 1782, General Washington moved his northern army to New Windsor to establish winter quarters. Some 7,500 soldiers and 500 women and children civilian refugees encamped here. By late December 1782, they had erected nearly 600 log huts into a 'cantonment,' a military enclave. It was at the New Windsor Cantonment that the cease fire orders were issued by Washington ending the eight-year War of Independence on April 19, 1783." New Windsor Cantonment  "State Historic Site" | Orange  website and more . . .

Orange County, Hudson Valley, trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, dog training, skiing, snowmobiling, bird watching, fishing, Things to Do, Mountain biking, Hunting & Trapping, Wheelchair Accessible, Winter Activities | Orange Stewart State Forest

845-256-3000 
  Stewart State Forest, 6,700-acres in size, is located in New Windsor, Montgomery, and Newburgh in Orange County, New York. The forest is unique in the northeast and increasingly rare in the Hudson Valley. A mix of wetlands, fields and forest, the site includes 18 miles of gravel roads and more than 22 miles of major trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, dog training and trials, skiing, snowmobiling, bird watching and fishing. Stewart State Forest | Orange  website and more . . .

Things to Do, Birding, Hiking, Nature Study, Picnicking, local farms in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Orange County, New York, New Windsor, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands, hikers | Orange Stewart State Forest - Snake Hill

 
  Stewart State Forest
New Windsor, Orange County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

Snake Hill is a mountain summit in Orange County in New York State. Snake Hill climbs to 692 feet (210.92 meters) above sea level. Bushwhackers who explore this 500-foot hilltop outside of Newburgh are rewarded with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands. Stewart State Forest - Snake Hill | Orange  more . . .
 All Newburgh ListingsOrange

 Newburgh Scenic Hudson Valley

Park, Historic Places, recreation, Fishing, Orange Mill Historic District, Things to Do at Algonquin Park, Picnic tables, Playground, Playing Fields (ball fields), Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Orange Algonquin Park

845-615-3830 
  Algonquin Park, a 41-acre park listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at Powder Mill Road and Route 52, Newburgh, NY 12550 in Orange County. The park offers areas for both passive and active recreation in a historic setting featuring powder mill buildings and remains from the Civil War era. Algonquin Park | Orange  website and more . . .

12550, New American cuisine, Waterfront Dining on patio overlooking the Hudson River, Scenic views overlooking the Hudson, Waterfront Dining on patio overlooking the Hudson River | Orange River Grill

845-561-9444 
  River Grill, serving New American cuisine, is located at 40 Front Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, Orange County in one of the River Towns of the Hudson River Valley.

From The River Grill: "The River Grill is nestled on Newburgh's Historic Waterfront, with picturesque views of the Hudson Valley and the magnificent Hudson River banks just off its elegant main dining room." River Grill | Orange restaurant review, website and more . . .

General George Washington West Point Father Country Continental Army American Revolutionary Revolution War President 

Constitutional Convention French Indian militia Expedition British Continental Congress Second Thomas Paine Common 

Sense Colonists | Orange Washington's Headquarters "State Historic Site"

845-562-1195 
  Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is located at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12551 in Orange County.

"Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic. It was here that Washington rejected the idea that he should be king after the war; ended the Newburgh conspiracy, preventing military control of the government; created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution." Washington's Headquarters  "State Historic Site" | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Orange County ListingsOrange

 Orange County Scenic Hudson Valley

Appalachian, Trail, hike, hikers, hiking, Scenic Trail, National Trails System Act, public footpath, Appalachian Mountain range,  linear park, trail clubs, Hudson River  Bear Mountain Bridge,  Fahnestock State Park, National Scenic Trail, National Park | Orange Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain - Orange County

 
 
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, designated a linear National Park by the 1968 National Trails System Act, is a continuous, marked public footpath extending approximately 2,144 miles from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia along the Appalachian Mountain range.

Click to enlarge photo of Appalachian Trail Sign.

Click to enlarge photo of Appalachian Trail Sign.from the bear Mountain Bridge. The sign reads:
"APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Footpath for Hikers
2100 Miles Georgia-Maine
Maintained by Volunteers
NY - NJ Trail Conference"

Note: Look for this sign on the Rockland side of the Bear Mountain Bridge tollbooths.

Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain - Orange County | Orange  photos and more . . .

photo, Bear Mountain, Hudson River Valley, Hudson River, hiking, suspension bridge, Bear Mountain Park, Appalachian Trail, Popolopen, longest suspension bridge, photo Bear Mountain Bridge, Metro North train, MTA train, American Revolution, Historic Site | Orange Bear Mountain Bridge Walkway - To Orange County

 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Bear Mountain Bridge Walkway

Click to enlarge photo of Bear Mountain Bridge Bear Mountain State Park is located in Bear Mountain, New York within the Hudson River Valley, about 45 miles north of New York City. Bear Mountain Park, approximately 5,067-acres (20.51 km2), is heavily forested and is primarily a day-use park offering magnificent scenery, photo opportunities and hiking trails for all levels of hikers.
Bear Mountain Bridge Walkway - To Orange County | Orange  photos and more . . .

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Orange Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Orange  website and more . . .

photo of Lake Askoti, hiking trails, great hiking, excellent fishing, fisherman, ice fishing on the lake, bird watching, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Scenic Drives | Orange Lake Askoti - Harriman State Park in Orange County

845-786-2701 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Askoti in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, approximately 41-acres in size, is located in Harriman State Park. Lake Askoti, a tributary of Lake Skannatati River in Orange County, is surrounded by hiking trails offering beautiful vistas and great hiking. Enjoy excellent fishing throughout the year, including the winter freeze, when many fisherman return for ice fishing on the lake. Lake Askoti also offers excellent bird watching sites.
Lake Askoti - Harriman State Park in Orange County | Orange  more . . .

Lake, reservoir, Orange County, New York, scenic Harriman State Park,  Rockland and Orange counties, hiking trails, bird watching, fishing, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing spots, Hiking trails, Scenic Drives | Orange Lake Nawahunta - Harriman State Park

 
  Lake Nawahunta, a reservoir in Orange County, New York, is part of the beautiful and scenic Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties. Lake Nawahunta offers fishing, hiking trails, and is a top location for bird watching. Lake Nawahunta - Harriman State Park | Orange  more . . .

Lake Skannatati, lakes and reservoirs, Harriman State Park, parking, boat launch site, Launch your boat, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boat launch site, fishing, ice fishing, hiking trails, Birding, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing | Orange Lake Skannatati - Harriman State Park in Orange County

845-786-2701 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Skannatati in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Skannatati in Harriman State Park. Lake Skannatati, approximately 36.3 acres in size, is located in Orange County in the Town of Tuxedo, New York. Lake Skannatati is located very near Lake Askoti and is one of 31 lakes and reservoirs in Harriman State Park.

The parking lot, located adjacent to Lake Skannatati, provides convenient parking close to the boat launch site and provides easy access to several hiking trails.
Lake Skannatati - Harriman State Park in Orange County | Orange  photos and more . . .

Long Path Trail 5 - 8: Hiking / Biking Hudson Highlands

845-256-3000 
  Long Path Trail 5 - 8: Hiking / Mountain Biking Hudson Highlands

"The Long Path makes its first foray into genuine mountains as it passes through the Hudson Highlands. It is the first time that the trail reaches higher than 1000 feet elevation above sea level. As part of its journey north through this region, it traverses the length of two major New York State Parks, Harriman, one of the oldest, and Schunemunk Mountain, one of the newest. It also enters a part of New York State that is steeped in Trail Conference history. Many of the trails created by the Trail Conference in its infancy are contained in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. The very first section of the Appalachian Trail lies in Harriman and that first section crosses the Long Path near Island Pond Mountain in Section 6. There are many, many trails throughout the Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks, making endless loop possibilities incorporating portions of the Long Path." Long Path Trail 5 - 8:  Hiking / Biking Hudson Highlands | Orange  photos, website and more . . .

Long Path Trail 9 - 14: Hiking / Biking Orange County and Shawangunks

845-256-3000 
  Long Path Trail 9 - 14: Hiking / Mountain Biking Orange County and Shawangunks

"These sections of the Long Path provide the bridge between the low mountains of the Hudson Highlands in the south and the beginnings of the Catskills in the north. In between lie many small villages and towns set in the gently rolling hills of Orange County. Although not as exciting as sections further north or south, walking the backroads of Orange County move one into an older time and a way of life different from the frenetic pace of city living. It is only by walking the roads ordinarily driven that one can appreciate the different pace of rural living and its dependence on the pace of nature rather than the pace of people. In addition to a large portion of the southern Shawangunk Ridge these sections pass the Basha Kill, a large and beautiful wetland, on their way to Sam's Point Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve. These are one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Hudson Valley. Though certainly not the highest or the most exotic parks in New York, they are some of the most colorful in character with their rich and varied flora, fauna, and vistas." Long Path Trail 9 - 14:  Hiking / Biking Orange County and Shawangunks | Orange  more . . .
 All Southfields ListingsOrange

 Southfields Scenic Hudson Valley

photo of Lake Tiorati, Lake Tiorati Beach, Harriman State Park, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, ice fishing, Things to Do at Lake Tiorati, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Campgrounds, Winter Activities, Ice Skating, scenic ride | Orange Lake Tiorati Beach - Harriman State Park

845-351-2568 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park.

Click to enlarge photo of Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park. Lake Tiorati Beach in Harriman State Park is located in Southfields, NY in the region of Bear Mountain.

Lake Tiorati was formed by clearing swampland in Harriman State Park and constructing a concrete dam to make two ponds into one large lake. Surrounded by meadows and rolling, wooded hills, the park offers excellent swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. In winter, if conditions allow, the lake may be used for ice fishing. Bona fide groups may use the pioneer campsites near the lake. Lake Tiorati Beach - Harriman State Park | Orange  website and more . . .
 All Tuxedo Park ListingsOrange

 Tuxedo Park Scenic Hudson Valley

10987, State Park, Tuxedo, NY, Hikers, Hudson River, marked trails, directions, permits and applications,  activities at Schunnemunk State Park, Things to Do at Schunnemunk State Park, Birding, Hiking trails, Picnicking | Orange Schunnemunk State Park

845-351-5907 
  Schunnemunk State Park, 2,700-acres in size, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County.

"Schunnemunk has over 2700 acres of rolling meadow and spectacular mountain top. Hikers encounter elevations up to 1664 feet and thrilling 360 degree views of adjacent valleys, portions of the distant Hudson River and surrounding forest and farm lands. Eight marked trails include the Long Path, Jessup, Western Ridge, Trestle, Sweet Clover, Otterkill, Dark Hollow and Barton Swamp Trails totaling over 20 miles traverse the mountain and glades." Schunnemunk State Park | Orange  website and more . . .

10987, Tuxedo, NY, Sterling Lake, bird species, Hudson Highlands, biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, birding, Museum, Things to Do at Sterling Forest State Park, Birding, Nature Study, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing | Orange Sterling Forest State Park

845-351-5907 
  Sterling Forest State Park, a 21,935-acre park, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County. Sterling Forest State Park offers a nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Learn about Sterling Forest's environment and history at the Visitor Center, overlooking Sterling Lake. The visitor center also features exhibits about the local environment. Sterling Forest State Park | Orange  website and more . . .

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Scenic Drives and Scenic Views
Hudson Valley
Hudson River Valley

Take a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley of New York. Enjoy beautiful lakes, reservoirs, and mountains throughout the Hudson Valley landscape. See the stunning mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Hudson River Valley. Allow your senses to take-in the natural beauty of the rivers and mountain backdrops; photograph the views.

If you're visiting or live in New York City, in approximately one hour you can be in Westchester or Rockland County in the most southern part of the Hudson Valley where you can see dine overlooking the Hudson. Find restaurants with waterfront views in Westchester and restaurants with waterfront views in Rockland County.

    Visit the charming shops and villages in the River Towns along the Hudson River. For family fun, visit the playground in Matthiessen Park in Irvington, NY. Young kids and toddlers love the playground and older kids and adults can enjoy the coastline along the Hudson at Matthiessen Park. Picnic tables are available for a wonderful snack or lunch overlooking the Hudson River.

    Visit Cross River Reservoir where you can go boating and fishing in the quiet and serene waters of the reservoir. Don't forget fishing gear for a relaxing day of fishing in the Cross River Reservoir.

If you're taking a scenic drive through Westchester and are looking for fun things to do to keep the kids happy, plan a family day-trip to one of the beautiful parks along the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound. Go fishing in Westchester, or boating in Westchester, or just relax and picnic at a Westchester County park. On hot days of summer, cool off in one of many swimming pools and beaches available throughout Westchester County.

Moving up the river, drive along Route 202W/6W and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. Park the car at this scenic view, one mile from the Bear Mountain Bridge, and take in the magnificent views of Bear Mountain.

    Continue driving north until you reach the charming Village of Cold Spring. Spend a day in the historic Village of Cold Spring. In 1973, the Village of Cold Spring, New York was designated a Federal Historic District, and tourists have been visiting Cold Spring’s historic sites, shops, restaurants and hiking trails since.
Driving further north, up the river, visit Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. This 14,086-acre park, covering Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts
and on the hot days of summer, you can go swimming at Fahnestock beach.

    Fun things to do in the winter with the family in Putnam, NY, include visiting Fahnestock Winter Park. Bundle up and go sledding and snowboarding at Fahnestock Winter Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Driving further north in Putnam you'll enter Dutchess County. Dutchess offers many scenic spots, including,

  • Beacon Point, the future home of a cutting-edge "Green" hotel/conference center.


  • Madam Brett Park.
  • This 12-acre park in Beacon connects to the "Beacon Shoreline Trail" providing a link between Dennings Point, Long Dock Beacon and the Beacon train station. Madam Brett Park is an urban oasis along the Fishkill Creek in Beacon featuring tranquil trails and a waterfall.

  • Shaupeneak Ridge , offering great hiking and mountain biking, is a 570-acre park that can be used by educators as an outdoor classroom.


  • Poets' Walk, a 120-acre park nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District. Poets' Walk offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Catskill Mountains. A visit to this property by Washington Irving is said to have inspired his classic story "Rip Van Winkle".
North of Dutchess County is Columbia County, home to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Lake Tahkanic Park was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation. The park is nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia, New York. Columbia is also home to many local farms, CSA farms, and pick-your-own farms. While picking organic produce in Columbia County, look up at the very beautiful views and rolling hills all around you.

In autumn, the backdrop of breathtaking fall colors enhances hiking, biking, and walking in the parks of the Hudson River Valley. Explore scenic parks offering activities and attractions for the whole family. While taking a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley, visit parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, biking trails, and more; all very beautiful and abundant in the Hudson Valley of New York.




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