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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Kayak the Hudson River in Cold Spring

      North of New York City by 90 minutes lies the town of Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. Cold Spring has a hometown quality with a Main Street, a firehouse, and art galleries of local artists. Despite its proximity to NYC, locals maintain a slower pace and enjoy many outdoor activities. Just a sho...
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    • Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

      Hike the Dyckman Hill/Carpenter's Grove Loop

      4.0
      4 mi / 400 ft gain
      This loop hike can be started from several different places.  I chose to start from Allison Park which overlooks the Hudson River in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.  From the parking area, walk out to the entrance road and travel south to Saint Peter's College.  The Long Path Trail, which you join from All...
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    • New York, New York

      Explore the Met Cloisters

      5.0
      The Met Cloisters is an art museum owned by the Met that boasts religious (mostly Catholic) art from a range of time periods as the building used to function as a cloister for monks. The inside of the Cloisters museum is a castle-like building that can be visited for a small ticket fee (suggested...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Hike the Perkins/Fahnestock/Charcoal Burners Trail Loop

      7.5 mi / 800 ft gain
      This is one of my favorite hikes in the Clarence Fahnestock State Park. A real mixed bag but mostly very enjoyable. The trail starts at the Charcoal Burners Trailhead Route 301. There is only road side parking on a soft shoulder, both sides of the road.  After a short walk into the forest, you re...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill)

      4.5
      3.52 mi / 1375 ft gain
      Mt. Taurus (or Bull Hill) is a short, family and dog friendly, hike just outside the town of Cold Spring, easily accessible by car or taking the train into town. It snakes along the edge of an old quarry that is just now being retaken by nature and provides lookouts towards the Hudson, other near...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Hike the Cornish/Brook/Notch/Washburn/Undercliff Loop

      8 mi / 1500 ft gain
      This loop is a great option to avoid crowds on the west side of the Washburn trail.  Start at the same trailhead for the Washburn Trail.  The Cornish Trail is on the left and there is an obvious sign at the trail split a few feet from the parking area.  The Cornish Trail is an old road from about...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Hike the Washburn/Nelsonville/Undercliff Loop

      7.2 mi / 2000 ft gain
      This is a difficult loop hike that has several different starting points.  I chose to start at the Washburn Trail Head, which is the lowest starting point you can select.  Nearly on the Hudson River, the trail ascends immediately along a well maintained road designated by white disc markers.  Aft...
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    • Hopewell Junction, New York

      Lake Canopus Viewpoint

      4.0
      2.07 mi / 148 ft gain
      Its a great place to explore as it has a beautiful calm lake especially in the fall, the reflection of the water and the awesome colors are unbelievable. Its a short hike but you certainly could go further up. Parking is free by the road, hike towards the lake about a mile or so. The sound of bi...
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    • Hopewell Junction, New York

      Beaver Pond via Appalachian Trail

      5.0
      3 mi / 400 ft gain
      Beaver Pond is a small body of water created by a dam that was constructed during the days of iron ore mining in the area.  The pond is crystal clear and has a wonderful tree line right on the water.  The best time to visit here is early morning in the fall.  With the leaves changing color they m...
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    • Cornwall, New York

      Storm King Mountain Loop

      4.5
      2.44 mi / 400 ft gain
      This is an easy, yet very rewarding hike with a lot of viewpoints on the way up. Technically you scale up two mountains, Butter Hill and Storm King, but most people just describe it as Storm King Mountain. This is a great hike for families with younger kids, those who don't have much time but wan...
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    • Cornwall, New York

      Hike the North Point Loop

      6.5 mi / 1400 ft gain
      There is three different trailheads to access the North Point Loop.  I chose the trailhead that would give me the longest hike.  That would be the Butter Hill parking area on Route 9W north.  From the parking lot, start on the connector trail designated with white markers.  Follow this for about ...
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    • Brewster, New York

      Fly Fish the East Branch of the Croton River

      If you're craving some time away from the bustle of everyday life to enjoy some silence, broken only by the babbling sound of water flowing over small boulders and the occasional crunching of leaves-- you'll find many spots along the Croton River to satisfy your desire for stillness.  The Croton...
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    • Ridgefield, Connecticut

      Hike the Hemlock Hills & Pine Mountain Loop

      7.5 mi / 1174 ft gain
      There are several trailheads for Hemlock Hills But the least crowded is at the intersection of Ned's Mountain road and Bogus Road.  I took my 3 year old black lab. There are ton's of little ponds for your dog to jump in and do dog things.  For the most part the hike is flat but at some parts it c...
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    • Carmel Hamlet, New York

      Ninham Mountain Fire Tower

      5.0
      1.23 mi / 367 ft gain
      This is more of a stroll than a hike, which is nice because you can add it to another hike in the same day if you're in the area. From the dirt parking lot take the trail off to the right. Just stay straight and in about 15 minutes you'll see a huge fire tower (hard to miss). Feel free to climb a...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Loop

      4.7
      4.33 mi / 1562 ft gain
      The Breakneck Ridge to Sugar Loaf Loop gives rise to various bypasses that offer hikers moderate to advanced terrain and multiple rock scrambles. The loop entails a total elevation gain of 1,670 feet and a total distance of 5.5 miles. The start of the trail begins at the (white blazes) at the no...
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    • Cold Spring, New York

      Breakneck Ridge Loop

      5.0
      5.91 mi / 1526 ft gain
      This short but steep loop hike in Hudson Highlands State Park offers multiple panoramic views of the Hudson River along the way. Please note that only experienced hikers should attempt this route – although the hike seems short, the elevation gain and steep rocky scrambles offer serious technical...
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