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The Hudson Valley follows the scenic and historic Hudson River giving visitors a great opportunity to explore while enjoying the sunshine and breezes.

Hudson Valley Outdoor Fun

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    Dutch Apple Cruise

    Begin your tour “on” the Hudson with a scenic narrated cruise with Dutch Apple Cruise in Albany. It’s an ideal way to see the sights. (518) 537-4240

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    Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

    Back on shore, enjoy spectacular river views as you ride, jog or walk along the various sections of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. (518) 458-2161

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    Kaaterskill Falls

      Take a hike in the majestic Catskill Mountains to experience Kaaterskill Falls, the highest cascading waterfall in New York State and source of inspiration for many Hudson River school artists. There are marked trails along the falls area. 518-589-5058

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    Hunter Mountain Sky Ride

    Get an unusual aerial view from the Hunter Mountain Sky Ride offering breathtaking views. Hunter is also host to many special festivals throughout the spring, summer and fall. 888-486-8376

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    Catamount Adventure Park

    A trip east via Route 23 will bring you across the Hudson River to the Catamount Adventure Park in Hillsdale. Get a birds eye view of nature as you challenge yourself with fun treetop courses for all levels. (518) 325-3200

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    Clermont State Historic Site

    Following a tour the grand home of the Livingston Family in Germantown, stroll around the grounds of the Clermont State Historic Site. The Lilac Walk, wilderness garden and nature trails area are a bird watchers delight. (518) 537-4240

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    Dutchess Rail Trail Park

    Bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and roller blades will enjoy weaving through farms, wetlands, forests, historic settlements and village centers along two linear paved rail trails comprising the Dutchess Rail Trail Park. Enjoy the fresh air and the countryside while getting some exercise. (845) 298-4600

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    Walkway Over the Hudson

    The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was recently transformed into a linear park known as the Walkway Over the Hudson. Treat yourself to majestic views as you walk across the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge. (845) 454-9649

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    Town Tinker Tube Rental

    For a real adventure in the outdoors, try a whitewater tube ride on the Esopus Creek, a tributary to the Hudson River. Town Tinker Tube Rental also has wet suits and transportation available. (845) 688-5553

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    Mohonk Preserve

    Or, visit Mohonk Preserve, where you’ll find 60 miles of well-marked trails and roads for hikers and bikers as well as rock climbing along the Shawangunk Ridge. (845) 255-0919

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    Storm King Adventure Tours

    Paddling the Hudson in a kayak will give you a whole new perspective on the river. The experienced guides at Storm King Adventure Tours will outfit you and escort you past special sites like Bannerman’s Castle. (845) 534-7800

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    Appalachian Trail

    Serious hikers will love the 35-mile trek from the ridge above beautiful Greenwood Lake along the famous Appalachian Trail to the Hudson River. Casual hikers can stroll along shorter sections of the 35-mile distance from one of the many trailheads with parking access. (201) 512-9348

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    Fahnestock State Park

    On the east side of the river, the trail continues through Clarence Fahnestock State Park. In addition to hiking, the park offers fishing, swimming, and camping facilities. In winter, it’s open for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating and sledding. (845) 225-7207

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    Thunder Ridge Ski Area

    More cold weather fun can be found on the slopes of nearby Thunder Ridge Ski Area, a perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. A shuttle from this family-friendly facility makes stops at the Patterson Metro-North train station for added convenience. (845) 878-4100

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    Bear Mountain State Park

    The landmark Bear Mountain State Park, is chock full of outdoor activiities. There’s a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, and many trails including a nature trail with trailside museums that runs through the wildlife center. The outdoor ice-skating rink is open during winter months. (845) 786-2701

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    Haverstraw Bay Park

      Get up close to the Hudson for a day of relaxation at Haverstraw Bay Park. The picnic facilities, boat launch, fishing access, paved walking trails and large children’s playground. (845) 364-2670

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    The North/South County Trail

    The North/South County Trail, a paved bicyle and pedestrian path, spans more than 35 miles across the southern Hudson Valley. Travel the train route dating back to 1881 where many of the historic stations still stand. (914) 864-PARKS

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    Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond

    Try out a game of disc golf on the course near the picnic area at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park before cooling off in the huge pool. Lovely Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, can be enjoyed with rental rowboats in summer or ice skates in winter. (914) 245-4434