These are the places we love to go.
Each offers its own unique character, distinctive challenge and remarkable reward.
Only an hour's travel by train from New York City or a short drive from Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties, the Hudson Highlands offers gorgeous river views, steep ascents and gentle rambling woods trails with a perfect combination of natural beauty and human history. Opportunity here ranges from the most ambitious elevation and destination challenges as well as leisurely walks to historic ruins or scenic vistas. Most hikes in the Highlands also offer the opportunity to discover the secrets of the local communities they surround. Outstanding culinary and cultural activities await those who seek.
Catskill State Park
The Catskill State Park ups the ante on solitude and true wilderness feel. With less accessible trailheads and taller peaks, the Catskills are a great place to leave the world behind for a bit. Peaks over 3500 feet tall offer a challenge and ruggedness that will push your feeling of accomplishment to a new level, while in some areas groomed trails and old woods roads allow easier passage to some of the best views in the Hudson Valley. While savory bounty is a bit more difficult to come by in the rural Catskills, our experienced pallets know the path to satisfaction.
Minnewaska State Park
There is simply nowhere on the planet quite like Minnewaska. The bright white quartzite conglomerate rock and horizontal banding lend itself to some of the best rock climbing in the world and also some of the most unique yet accessible scenery available in the Hudson Valley. It's rare plant species, abundance of delicious berries, array of flowering plants and expansive views from crystal white ledges make this park a must for any outdoor enthusiast. The eclectic blend of eateries, breweries, vineyards, distilleries and farm stands offer sweet rewards for a hard days work.