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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.
Trail leading up to Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Discovery Center

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Albany County

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

Hiker on the Appalachian Trail, Pawling, Dutchess County

Appalachian Trail

Dutchess County

Sixteen miles of the National Appalachian Scenic Trail passes through Dover and Pawling, in southeastern Dutchess, and includes 4,000 acres of protected parkland with hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, as well as five overnight use areas. The A.T. is accessible by car on Route 22 in Pawling and by train on the Metro-North Harlem Line, which offers limited service to its Appalachian Trail stop.

991 Route 22, Pawling, NY

Trail next to water in the fall at Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

Rockland County

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

Two women ziplining over the mountains, Catamount Mountain Resort

Catamount Mountain Resort

Columbia County

Family oriented Ski Area with 43 trails on a 1,000-foot vertical mountain plus a snow tubing park. For summer fun, families and those looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience will enjoy the Aerial Adventure Park - comprised of 9 aerial trails with 150+ challenge elements or the Catamount Zip Tour - a thrilling zipline experience including three duel zipline spans, one being an uninterrupted 1,000-foot drop of the CataMonster span.

78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, NY

Hikers in the fall, Columbia Land Conservancy High Falls Conservation Area

Columbia Land Conservancy - Public Conservation Areas

Columbia County

Public Conservation Areas are open year-round from dawn to dusk, and free to the public. These areas provide a variety of different experiences for visitors, whether you're interested in trekking up the hills at Round Ball Mountain or Drowned Lands, or watching the monarchs at Greenport Conservation Area.

Kayaking at Grafton Lakes State Park

Grafton Lakes State Park

Rensselaer County

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

Informational sign on the Putnam County Trailway

Hiking in Putnam County

Putnam County

Putnam County is a hiker's paradise. From the steep ridge of Breakneck to a gentle stroll through the woods, Putnam has something to offer hikers of every age and ability.

People walking a trail at Hook Mountain State Park

Hook Mountain State Park

Rockland County

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

People sitting and looking at the view on Hunter Mountain, Greene County

Hunter Mountain Resort

Greene County

Hunter Mountain is a four-season destination located in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County. It is known as the snowmaking capital of the world and offers challenging terrain and trails for all skill levels. In the summer, Hunter Mountain offers a scenic skyride to the summit, snow tubing, ski and riding schools, and annual festivals that celebrate the best of the outdoors, music, food and drink.

64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY

Hills of John Boyd Thacher State Park, Albany

John Boyd Thacher State Park

Albany County

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

Horseback riders, Juckas Stables, Bullville, Orange County

Juckas Stables

Orange County

Year-round horseback riding for all ages. Over 50 years in business. Beautiful trails, well-trained horses, courteous and qualified staff. English or Western lessons. Birthday parties. Call and reserve a horse or come and visit. Friendly farm atmosphere. Boarding.

1204 Route 302, Bullville, NY

Aerial view of Kingston Waterfront in the fall, Ulster County

Kingston Waterfront

Ulster County

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

View from a trail at Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Ulster County

The Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center has paths for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, 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

Rock climbing at the Cliffs at Valhalla

Movement Gyms

Westchester County

Get in touch with your adventurous side by exploring the world of climbing as knowledgeable instructors help you get started on your journey. Or, renew mind, body, and spirit in a yoga class. Reach your wellness goals while working out in the fitness facility or taking a group exercise class.

1 Commerce St, Valhalla, NY

Pickleball players, Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County

Quiet Cove Riverfront Park

Dutchess County

Quiet Cove offers something for everyone! Enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River while relaxing on the front porch. Two spacious picnic areas offer plenty of space to accommodate your next gathering. Top the day off with accessible and tranquil pathways leading to a new observation deck on the river for fishing, picnics or the perfect photograph! Test your skills on the four new pickleball courts, including an adaptive court for players in wheelchairs.

1 Clear Water Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance sign

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance Inc.

Rensselaer County

The Rensselaer Plateau is one of the largest and most ecologically intact native habitats in New York State. The Alliance offers year-round guided tours, hikes and lectures.

PO Box 790 Averill Park, NY

Boating at Storm King State Park, Cornwall, Orange County

Storm King State Park

Orange County

A favorite of hikers, this mountain inspired the ecological movement in the United States. Beautiful views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Hiking and hunting. Undeveloped with no facilities. Open: Dawn to dusk. Limited parking. Hikers must stay on the trails. No bushwhacking.

Route 9W, South of Cornwall, NY

Skiing at Thunder Ridge, Putnam

Thunder Ridge

Putnam County

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

Family on smiling on a ski lift

Windham Mountain Club

Greene County

Pairing small-town Catskills charm with 21st-century ambiance, at just over two hours from the New York metro area, Windham Mountain Club is proud to be the Northeast’s year-round outdoor lifestyle destination! In addition to 97% snowmaking on 54 trails totaling 285 skiable acres, the resort offers a charming inn, premier golf course, Alpine Spa, Tubing Park at Windham Mountain Club, and many restaurants.

19 Resort Dr, Windham, NY