Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley


  |   September 13, 2011  |  Comment

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is offering a special event as part of the Twelfth Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble in September.  The Ramble is sponsored by the Hudson River National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway, the New York State Department of Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. On the weekends of September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2011, more 180 events will be hosted from Saratoga in the Capital Region to New York City.

The Harvest MoonWalk is a unique event that features a nighttime walk on the trail and includes a bonfire and a storyteller.  Refreshments including popcorn, donuts and cider are served during the event.  There is $5.00 admission fee for participants.  Children under 6 are free.  This event is held rain or moon shine.  Please bring a flashlight.  Please note:  Bikes, scooters and pets are not allowed on this walk. Registration for the event will take place at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland.  For more information, visit our website at hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net.  Day of the event information can we obtained by calling 845-691-2066.

The Ramble aims to bring people outside to enjoy our distinct cultural heritage and the natural resources of the Hudson Valley during the Northeast’s most beautiful time of the year. Nearly 200 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events, and many are free of charge and family friendly. Guided hikes, cycling and kayaking tours, historic site walks, festivals and river explorations are an example of some of the types of events that will be available for every ability level.

Several event series offer an in-depth exploration of themes that earned the region its designation as one of only 49 National Heritage Areas that tell a unique story about our country.  They include the role of the Hudson Valley in the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River School of Art, the Great Estates and the importance of the coastal habitat of the Hudson Estuary.

In 2010, more than 160,000 people participated in Ramble events and we expect a great turnout again this year,” said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. “If it’s September, then it’s time to Ramble.  The event provides people of all ages an opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of the Hudson River Valley by hiking a trail, visiting an historic site or paddling on the river. The Ramble demonstrates that celebrating our natural and cultural resources also provides a big boost to our regional economy.”

For a complete listing of events, visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com . The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year. Copies of the program guide can be found in the August issue of Chronogram magazine or at various tourist destinations throughout the Hudson Valley. Program guides may also be downloaded from the website.

The Hudson River Valley Ramble is presented by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway, in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and over 180 organizations hosting Ramble events throughout the Hudson River Valley.  The 2011 Ramble is sponsored by the NY-NJ Trail Conference and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Turkeybush Fund.

For more information on the Harvest MoonWalk, call 845-691-2066 or visit www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net.

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