Hudson River Valley
Hudson River Valley

Albany County

Scenic Hudson Valley

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 Albany County Scenic Hudson Valley

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 | Albany Hudson Highlands

  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 | Albany  website and more . . .

Long Path Trail 27 - 31: Hiking / Biking Northern Catskills

  Long Path Trail 27 - 31: Hiking / Biking Northern Catskills

"As the Long Path heads west and then north, the tall mountains of the Catskills are soon left behind; they become lower and lower until they are mere hills standing above the plain. Much of the trail now parallels the Schoharie Valley, an important route into the Catskills from points north. Early Dutch settlers made their homes here; there are many reminders of their past in the names of the places one passes. A major feature of the area is the reservoir complex maintained by the New York State Power Authority. In addition to hydroelectric power, the Schoharie Reservoir is a member of the great Catskill water reservoirs that supply distant New York City with clean drinking water." Long Path Trail 27 - 31:  Hiking / Biking Northern Catskills | Albany  more . . .

Long Path Trail 32 - 36: Hiking / Biking Capital District

  Long Path Trail 32 - 36: Hiking / Biking Capital District

"These northern sections of the Long Path slope down from the edge of the Catskills into the Mohawk River Valley. The hills of the western sections give way to gentle rises and falls shaped by glaciers and water punctuated by sharp cliffs of escarpments formed by tilted rock layers. Most of the lands have been settled for a long time and have remained productive farm or forest. Much of the trail passes through nature that has been coerced by civilization to behave in certain ways, either by being farmed for generations, or used as a managed forest for the supply of lumber." Long Path Trail 32 - 36:  Hiking / Biking Capital District | Albany  more . . .
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 Berne Scenic Hudson Valley

12023, Berne, NY 12023, Albany County, Wildlife Management Area, Helderberg Escarpment, scenic winter views of the Catskills, Things to Do, Birding, Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowmobile Trails, Snowshoeing | Albany Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area

  Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area is located in Berne, NY 12023 in Albany County.

Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area
"High on the Helderberg Escarpment, the trails at Partridge Run offer scenic winter views of the Catskills. Snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers travel through pine forests, past small lakes and streams. Some of the trails are part of the Long Path, a 343-mile trail from Fort Lee, New Jersey to Altamont, outside of Albany." Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area | Albany  website and more . . .
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 Latham Scenic Hudson Valley

12110, Landing Park, Latham, NY, Albany County, Mohawk Riverside Park, newest park, 12.3-acre passive park, Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path, download park map, Things To Do at Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, 
Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Scenic Views | Albany Mohawk Riverside Landing Park

  The Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, 12.3-acres in size, is located at 4071 River Road, Latham, NY 12110 in Albany County.

From Mohawk Riverside Park: "Colonie's newest park, Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, is located on River Road in Latham near the Niskayuna border. Constructed in 2013, this peaceful, 12.3-acre passive park connects to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path and features scenic views, picnic tables, and restrooms. The park was built by the Town at the site of the former Latham Water Treatment Plant, which had been vacant for decades. Following demolition of the plant, the Town repurposed the site as a park, with new landscaping, plantings, trees, and parking." Mohawk Riverside Landing Park | Albany  website and more . . .
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 Loudonville Scenic Hudson Valley

12211, Park, playground, playing fields, basketball courts, Loudonville, NY, farmer's market, biking, hiking and walking trails, nature walks, ice skating, Things to Do at Crossings of Colonie, Picnicking | Albany Crossings of Colonie Park

  The Crossings of Colonie, a 130-acre passive park, offering playground, playing fields, and basketball courts, is located at 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 in Albany County.

About Crossings of Colonie: "Welcome to The Crossings. Whether you are a town resident looking for an extraordinary setting in which to walk, bike, fly a kite or enjoy a relaxing picnic with friends or family, or a local company seeking a tranquil, yet convenient location to hold an important business meeting, The Crossings of Colonie has it all. Situated in the heart of Colonie just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Wolf Road, the 130 acre passive park features a pond, acres of meadows, marshy wetlands and extensive wooded and wildflower areas - all of which are connected by 6.5 miles of multiuse trails for walking, running, biking and in-line skating that wind across the natural landscape. The Crossings of Colonie is a place that must be visited and explored to truly appreciate its peacefulness, diversity and beauty." Crossings of Colonie Park | Albany  website and more . . .
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 Voorheesville Scenic Hudson Valley

12186, Indian Ladder Trail, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling, Things to Do, Biking, Hunting, Nature Trails, Picnic Tables,  Playground, Playing Fields, Winter Activities, Cross-County Skiing | Albany John Boyd Thacher State Park

  Thacher State Park aka John Boyd Thacher State Park, is located at 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186 in Albany County and the Capital District of New York.

"Thacher State Park is situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Even as it safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields, the park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The park has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas with nine shelters that can be reserved. Interpretive programs are offered year-round, including guided tours of the famous Indian Ladder Trail. There are over 25 additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking, and winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and snowmobiling. John Boyd Thacher State Park | Albany  website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Scenic Hudson Valley

Scenic Hudson Valley | Columbia Columbia County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Dutchess Dutchess County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Greene Greene County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Orange Orange County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Putnam Putnam County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Rockland Rockland County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Ulster Ulster County
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Scenic Hudson Valley | Westchester Westchester County
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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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