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Explore the Hudson Valley - Hiking

Spring has finally sprung in the Hudson Valley. After a blustery winter and a few feet of snow, the sunshine and 60-degree weather has been a welcome relief. It’s time to get outside and get moving. and fortunately there are plenty of parks, trails, and waterfronts right in our backyard. Here are just a few local places where you can have some socially distanced fun.

Poets Walk – Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)

Description: An inspirational 120 acre walking trail with views of the Hudson River and Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

Things to Do: Birdwatch, Walk, Picnic, X-Country Ski, Snow Shoe, Bike

Dog Friendly: Yes

Lake Minnewaska – Kerhonkson (Ulster County)

Description: A rustic park situated in between the Shawangunk Mountains.

Things to Do: Naturewatch, Bike, Walk, Hike, Swim, Picnic, Scuba-Dive, Rock Climb, and more!

Dog Friendly: Yes, in most areas

Buttermilk Falls – Clarkstown (Rockland County)

Description: A hiking trail through a steep woodland, leading to an almost hidden waterfall near the end.

Things to Do: Walk, Hike

Dog Friendly: Yes

Fahnestock State Park – Carmel (Putnam)

Description: Enjoy the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, hiking through over 10 miles of trails with varying difficulty.

Things to Do: Walk, Hike, Snow Shoe, X-Country Ski

Dog Friendly: Yes

Storm King Mountain – Cornwall (Orange)

Description: Snap photos from several beautiful overlooks on this 2.5 mile trail.

Things to Do: Hike, Walk, Naturewatch

Dog Friendly: Yes

Lake Superior State Park - Bethel (Sullivan)

Description: Splash around at a beach that’s close to home. A good place to enjoy in both spring and summer months.

Things to Do: Picnic, Rent Paddle Boats, Walk, Fish, Swim

Dog Friendly: Yes, in most areas

RiverWalk Park – Tarrytown (Westchester)

Description: A waterfront public park with 5.2 acres of enjoyable space.

Things to do: Fish, Bike, Walk, Picnic

Dog Friendly: Yes

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