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Hudson Valley Hikes To Add To Your Bucket List

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

There is something about getting outside and enjoying the fresh air that always makes us feel so rejuvenated. The Hudson Valley has some of the most gorgeous hikes to explore. From waterfalls to rock scrambles there is a little something for everyone. We've compiled a list of our favorite hikes that are all within a 30 minute drive from our Bed & Breakfast.

1. Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks- Mohonk Preserve- 5.1 miles

This hike starts at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. From the parking lot you will travel through open fields and woods and hike to the top of a prominent, stark-white crag overlooking the valley. This hike includes an optional rock scramble, for the adventure seekers. If rock scrambles aren't your thing there is a path that will lead you around the edge of mountain and to the top where you will get to equally enjoy the amazing views!

2. Minnewaska State Park Preserve

If waterfalls and lakes are what you are seeking then Minnewaska State Park is the place to for you to explore. Only a 20 minute drive from our Bed & Breakfast this park boasts miles and miles of carriage roads and foot paths. The best part about is that you can choose to make your hike as strenuous or leisurely as your please. From the Awosting parking lot you can do a 6.4 mile loop that will bring you through the forest to the gorgeous views of Awosting Falls and around Lake Minnewaska.

3. River to Ridge- New Paltz- 6.2 miles

The River to Ridge trail is a new favorite of ours since its opening in the fall of 2018. The 6.2 mile loop is great for all skill levels and the best part is that it is free! Starting at the base of downtown New Paltz (less than 10 minutes from Watergrasshill Bed & Breakfast) the trail crosses over the Wallkill River and through beautiful open farm fields. It continues through gentle rolling hills and towards the Shawankgunk Ridge. The top of the loop includes close up views of Mohonk's ridge.

4. Rail Trail

The Rail Trail is a linear park that winds along a former Hudson Valley railway system. You can start less than a quarter mile from our driveway on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and travel through the town of Gardiner to New Paltz, Rosendale and beyond. After a farm fresh breakfast served at Watergrasshill, we recommend leaving right from our driveway on a bike and traveling to the Rosendale Trestle. The Trestle is a 940 foot continuous truss bridge that spans 150 feet above the Rondout Creek. You will enjoy traveling through farmland and nature preserves. The quaint towns that you pass through make a perfect pit stop for lunch or a quick snack.

5. Walkway Over The Hudson

Though this may not be considered a hike, we really feel that it is worth being added to your bucket list. Located 30 minutes from Watergrasshill B&B, the Walkway over the Hudson is the worlds longest elevated pedestrian bridge. Spanning over the Hudson River between Highland and Poughkeepsie, a walk along the 1.28 mile old railroad bridge offers panoramic views of the river.

If you haven't already pulled out your phone and started adding these hikes to your bucket list then now is the time! Whether you decide to visit in the Spring, Summer or Fall, the Hudson Valley will always be a perfect destination for a weekend hiking getaway. Start planning your trip now and feel free to give us a call with any questions or recommendations before your arrival. We hope to host you soon!

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