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Celebrate Spring: Hike the Hudson Valley

  |   April 3, 2014  |  Comment

Contributed by the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

The Northeast is awakening from its long winters rest, and spring fever has many of us itching to get outside to soak up the season. As the weather warms, the birds return, and the wildflowers begin to bud, there’s no better way to celebrate spring than to lace up your boots and get out on the trail!

Choose from five unique nature preserves just minutes from Hudson Valley Resort. The Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains offer visitors an exceptional range of hiking terrain and wild habitats with a variety of trails to reward any skill level or ability.

All this  outdoor exploration is the perfect way to get out and stretch your legs without stretching your budget!

Minnewaska State Park
Situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Ridge, Minnewaska features waterfalls, crystalline sky lakes, clear streams, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views.  Visitors enjoy rock climbing, 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths while hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and swimming.

The Mohonk Preserve
This famous climbing destination encompasses 7,000 acres of impressive cliffs, forests, streams and ponds, the best technical rock-climbing in the Northeast (The Trapps), 30 miles of carriage roads, and 40 miles of hiking trails. >> Click to View Trail Descriptions

Sundown Wild Forest
The 29,000 acre Sundown Wild Forest, which includes the formerly private Lundy Estate, now offers the public miles of gorgeous hiking trails and opportunities for hunting, fishing and camping.  Home to many threatened species, terrain varies from deep forest bottomland to rocky ridges with wind-twisted Pitch Pine forests.

Sam’s Point Preserve
Perched atop the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge, Sam’s Point Preserve shelters one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world. Home to 40 rare plant and animal species, the preserve features cliffs, ice-caves, summits, and plateaus that form a unique landscape of extraordinary ecological significance.

The Catskills
700,000 acres of pristine wilderness and rugged mountains legally declared “forever wild”, the Catskills offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, including over 300 miles of hiking and muli-use trails, primitive camping, canoeing, hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, cross-country and downhill skiing and more!

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