There’s no place quite like New York, but every once and awhile, even loyal urbanites could use an escape from the metropolitan chaos indigenous to the big city. Perhaps the best trip a New Yorker can take is one that reminds them that trees are in fact, not mythological structures and actually do exist. Luckily, only a few hours North of the five boroughs, the Hudson Valley offers nature-deprived New Yorkers a scenic getaway featuring rolling hills, scenic views and outdoor adventures—specifically hiking. While you might be thinking that dodging potholes amidst the face-paced and unrelenting hustle in Manhattan is adventuresome enough, it’s time to take your skills to the hills. Get your dose of mother-nature at one of these five hiking destinations in the Hudson Valley.
Anthony’s Nose is a 4-mile there-and-back trail from Hessian Lake offering unparalleled views of the Hudson Valley. As a part of the Appalachian Trail, this hiking route is a rocky ridge that attracts veteran and amateur hikers alike for its moderately challenging terrain. This hiking trail is thoroughly labeled, so put your map away and follow the trail. Once you reach Anthony’s Nose, embrace the scenic views casting over the Bear Mountain Bridge. Click here to check it out.
The loop at Blue Mountain Reservation is an ideal hiking trail in the Hudson Valley because it offers a variety of outdoors activities and not one, but two viewpoints throughout the duration of your hike. The park @ Blue Mountain Reservation also offers picnicking, fishing, archery and shooting ranges as well as skiing during the winter months. Here’s the best part—this 5-mile trail is dog-friendly and allows your canine companion to tag along for the hike! Click here to check it out.
At 1,653 ft above sea level, this trail is difficult, but well-worth the effort. The trail’s challengers can either trek 2.4 miles to the park’s overlook, 4.4 miles to the overlook and fire tower or a whopping 7.7-miles to view the overlook, fire tower, casino ruins, and more. After, head to Long Dock Park just around the corner. This site features some of the most killer sunset views in all of the Hudson Valley. Don’t worry– there are universally accessible, effortless paths connecting the park’s myriad amenities. Click here to check it out.
An easy 1.2 mile trail loop leads you to two magnificent, cascading waterfalls at High Falls in Hudson Valley. Surrounded by rocks and a meandering trail, this spell-binding natural wonder can be seen from various angles and altitudes. Additionally, the conservation surrounding the falls features locust groves, hemlock ravines, a picnic area, and a trout creek for fishing. The ethereal atmosphere this hiking destination offers will have you contemplating if you should even return to the ‘The Big Apple’ ever again.
Being a trail for more serious hikers, if you’re not careful, Breakneck is notorious to live up to its name. This 9.6-mile loop around the Hudson Valley is strenuous due to its steep slopes and rocky terrain, but nonetheless, an extraordinary spot for those up to the challenge. If you don’t think you can tackle the trail alone, this popular trail offers group excursions through Xcelerated Adventures day hike program–join a group, gear up, and get ready for an outdoor adventure.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while exploring the Hudson Valley, The Time Nyack is conveniently located in close proximity of these trails right on the Hudson River. There is also a Mercedes Sprinter on property that will take you to any location within a 5 mile radius from the property. Click here to make your reservation now!