Hiking in the Hudson Valley

Bring your bike, lace up your boots, grab the bridle for an adventure outdoors in upstate New York. Make the most of the Hudson River Valley landscape. Outdoor recreation in Dutchess County includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, parasailing, archery and skeet shooting.

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Appalachian Trail
30 miles of the Trail pass through southeastern Dutchess. 4,000 acres of protected parkland with hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and five overnight use areas. Location: Look for... Read More
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
A not-for-profit scientific research center offering Thursday science seminars (Sept.-May), public education programs and lectures, nature trails, fern glen, and a children's summer ecology camp. Monthly... Read More
DEC Hudson River Research Reserve
Tivoli Bays site: 1,700 acres/6 miles of trails. Joint DEC Wildlife Management Area (hunting allowed in season) and field laboratory for research and education. Freshwater tidal marsh and forested uplands.... Read More
Dover Stone Church
A nature preserve whose highlight is a stunning rock formation and waterfall in a cave. It was used by Native Americans as a hideout in the 17th century, and then for weddings in the 19th century. Dover... Read More
Ferncliff Forest
200-acre forest preserve and game refugee for camping (w/permit), picnicking, and pond for fishing. Hiking trails and firetower offering Hudson Valley views. Read More
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
23 miles (15 open) of scenic paved walking, rollerblading, biking and cross-country skiing trails, linking towns, villages and state parks on the rail bed from Wassaic Metro North Station to Copake Falls.... Read More
Hike New York
We empower people to live a fun, healthy, and connected life through nature-based adventures and outdoor education.  Hike, run, paddle, and play throughout the Hudson Valley!  Private, group,... Read More
Historic Hyde Park Trail
More than 10 miles of trails link several parks and historic sites. Maps and information at trail heads, park visitor centers, and on-line. QR codes allow hikers to access audio podcasts about each trail.... Read More
Mt. Beacon Fire/Observation Tower
Located on the summit of south Beacon Mountain, the southernmost of two peaks that form Mt. Beacon, in the Hudson Highland region.  The south peak is 1,650 feet above sea level.  One of several... Read More
Stissing Mountain Fire Tower
Elevation 1,492 feet. 90-foot tower reached by hiking trails at base of mountain. Look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and crows in flight. See the Hudson Valley from Albany south to Ulster and from the... Read More
The Nature Conservancy
Multi-acre reserves with miles of hiking trails, mountains, fields, woods and ponds. Preserve guide available. Nellie Hill Preserve, Rt. 22, Dover Plains. Pawling Nature Reserve, Quaker Lake Rd., Pawling.... Read More
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The longest pedestrian bridge in the world. The 1.28 mile long park standing 212 feet above water offers walkers, hikers, bicyclists and those with disabilities spectacular views of the... Read More
William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail
13-mile multi-use linear Dutchess County park. Park begins at the Hopewell Depot in East Fishkill, stretches through the towns of Wappinger, LaGrange and Poughkeepsie to the Walkway Over the Hudson... Read More

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