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Hudson Valley state parks, hiking trails, kayaking & natural preserves

If you like outdoor fun, you’ll love the Hudson Valley. The famous Appalachian Trail (that was actually started here) is just one of the thousands of miles of trails enjoyed by hikers. Destination ski resorts, executive golf courses to PGA, white water rafting, world-renowned rock climbing, boat cruises, and fantastic fishing are just the beginning of the excitement you’ll find in the Hudson Valley outdoors.

Albany

John Boyd Thacher State Park
A favorite of residents and travelers and one of the best selfie spots in the county, John Boyd Thacher State Park is the place for hiking, snowshoeing, and adventuring of any kind.

1 Hailes Cave Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186
(518) 872-1237 • www.nysparks.com/parks/128
 

Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Meander through 18 miles of trail with a guide or on your own at The Albany Pine Bush Preserve. This unique Inland Pine Barren ecosystem is open for year-round exploration and adventure. 

195 New Karner Rd #1, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 456-0655 • www.albanypinebush.org

Columbia

Catamount Ski & Snowboarding Area
33 trails, 3 terrain parks, 1,000’ vertical drop, 128 acres of terrain, 6 lifts- including summit quad, novice triple, 2 Wonder Carpets, 99% snowmaking, private and group lessons, ski & snowboard rentals, night skiing. Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages children’s lessons and a children’s playroom.

3290 NY-23, Hillsdale, NY 12529
(518) 325-3200 (Snow conditions call 800-342-1840) • www.catamountski.com

 

Lake Taghkanic State Park
Taconic State Parkway or 1528 Route 82, Ancram Camping: tent, trailer, cottages, and cabins; swimming, boat rentals, trails, ice fishing, skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing & snowmobile trails; deer & turkey hunting(bow only) in designated areas in season. Camping Season: May-October; park open YR - fee to enter Memorial Day - Labor Day.

1528 New York 82, Ancram, NY 12502
(518) 851-3631 • www.nysparks.com/parks/38/maps.aspx

Dutchess

Mountain Tops Kayaking
There is no better place to launch your kayak and explore than at Scenic Hudson Long Dock Park! Mountain Tops Kayaking offers kayak rentals seven days a week and various tours perfect for those who love adventure.

144 Main St # 1, Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 831-1997 • www.mountaintopsoutfitters.com/pages/kayaking-on-the-hudson-river
 

Orvis
Orvis is the oldest licensed shooting grounds in the nation offering sporting clays, shooting and fly fishing schools, private shooting lessons, and a pro shop.

3047 Sharon Road, Millbrook, NY 12545
(845) 677-9701 • www.orvis.com/Sandanona

Greene

Windham Mountain Bike Park
Open daily for riders of a wide variety of skills, ages, and interests, the Mountain Bike Park features flow style trails accessible from “A Lift,” with a detachable quad serving Windham Mountain peak.  Intermediate level terrain complements the UCI World Cup and Race The World trails. The park offers rentals, lessons, guided tours, retail, food and beverages.  

19 Resort Dr., Windham, NY 12496
518-734-4300 • www.windhammountain.com


Kayaking /Riverview Marine Services
Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Catskill Creek, the Audubon Preserve or if conditions permit the Hudson River. Canoe and kayak rentals. Open 7 days in season.

103 Main St., Catskill, NY 12414
518-943-5311 • www.riverviewmarineservices.com/miscpage_003.asp

Orange

Appalachian Trail
Spanning from the New Jersey border to the Hudson River, the trail was founded here in 1923, at Bear Mountain State Park, the most popular section of the entire trail. Scenic views of Warwick, Greenwood Lake, Hudson River. 

(304) 535-6331 • www.appalachiantrail.org

Pride of the Hudson Sightseeing Cruises
2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise. Bar/snack bar aboard. Private charters for corporate events, etc. (charters: 845-220-2120). Climate controlled.

Office: 100 Brower Road, Monroe, NY 10950
(888) 442-5211 • www.prideofthehudson.com

Putnam

Thunder Ridge
Thunder Ridge is a small ski area located in Patterson, NY. Because it is located just 75 minutes from New York City, the mountain attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the New York area.

137 Birch Hill Rd, Patterson, NY 12563
(845) 351-1122 • www.thunderridgeski.com

Constitution Marsh 
Travel down the trails of Constitution Marsh. The hiking trail ends at a spectacular 700-foot boardwalk built in memory of James P. Rod. Sit on one of their several benches and take in the habitat, its wildlife and unmatched view of the surrounding Hudson River Highlands. The Constitution Marsh was chosen to be one of the featured spots for Eagle watching in the Hudson Valley.

127 Warren Landing Rd, Garrison, NY, 10524
(845) 265-2601 • www.tourputnam.org/putnam-county-outdoors/ 

 

Rensselaer

Grafton Lakes State Park
Grafton Lakes State Park contains 2500 acres of forest and lakes on the Rensselaer Plateau with 25 miles of hiking trails, enjoyed throughout the seasons. Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082
(518) 279-1155 • www.nysparks.com

Tri-City Valley Cats
Affordable family fun & professional baseball! Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Two-time New York-Penn League Champions! Site of the 2017 NY Penn League All Stars game.

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-2287 • www.tcvalleycats.com

Rockland

Hook Mountain State Park
676 undeveloped acres for hiking, biking, picnicking. Located behind Rockland Lake State Park, can be accessed from the end of North Broadway in Upper Nyack. Open dawn to dusk.

End of North Broadway, Upper Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 268-3020 • www.nynjtc.org/park/hook-mountain-state-park
 

Bear Mountain State Park
Fishing, picnicking, swimming, boating, ball fields, basketball courts, hiking paths, hiking and biking trails, ice skating, sledding, cross-country ski trails, carousel, Trailside Museum/Zoo, Lodge/Inn. Open dawn to dusk.

Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North, Bear Mountain, NY 10911
(845) 786-2701 • http://nysparks.com/parks/13/details.aspx

Ulster

Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center
The Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center has paths for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, horseback riding, bouldering and rock climbing cliffs. The Visitor Center has free admission and is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come enjoy nature’s beauty in the majestic Shawankgunk Mountains! The Preserve is the perfect destination for recreation, reflection and restoration.

3197 US Highway 44, Gardiner, NY 12525
(845) 255-0919 • www.mohonkpreserve.org
 

Kingston Waterfront
With an artsy, industrial and maritime vibe, the Kingston Waterfront is a destination known for art, antiques, food, and culture; but the fun doesn’t stop there! Downtown Kingston Waterfront is the place for boating and kayaking along the Rondout Creek or Hudson River, walking or jogging the promenade or a visit to Kingston Point Beach.

20 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 340-3567 • www.thekingstonwaterfront.com

Westchester

The Cliffs at Valhalla
More than 13,000 sq. ft. of indoor rock climbing. Parties, events, instruction and outdoor trips.

1 Commerce St, Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 328-ROCK (7625) • http://thecliffsclimbing.com

 

Elmsford Raceway
Slot-car racing for all ages. Indoor model car racing. General racing, parties and corporate events.

342 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-5375 • http://flatoutfun.com