There are no lack of choices when it comes to hiking in the Hudson Valley. You can casually stroll a rose garden, trek deep into the woods, or anything in between. Have a look at this small sampling, then explore your own hikes.
1. Sam’s Point Preserve
Perched atop the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge, south of Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, lies Sam’s Point Preserve—5,400 acres sheltering one of the best examples of ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world. Home to the famous Ice Caves (watch for the video this summer), this area is exceptional.
Watch the video at visitvortex.com and learn about the berry picking history and Sam’s Point legends. Who jumped and why? First to email us the answer wins a prize.
2. Vernooy Kill
This is a four mile round-trip hike to visit beautiful waterfalls and a swimming hole. Blue trailblazes mark the way. The hike follows an old road as it gradually ascends Cherrytown Mountain to a series of waterfalls that drop approximately 30 feet in four stages. Access the trails on Upper Cherrytown Road in Kerhonkson.
Once you arrive at the waterfalls, enjoy the sun and the warm rocks or enjoy a cold dip in the flowing waters that lead to the Rondout Creek. Chris Hewitt tells us all we need to know during the video at visitvortex.com.
3. Bonticou Crag
Come with us for a scramble up Bonticou Crag, guided by Hank and Nadia from Mohonk Preserve. Park at the Spring Farm trailhead and travel from open fields through the woods and hike to the top of a prominent, stark-white crag overlooking the valley. Enjoy 360-degree views after scrambling up boulders on a marked trail. There is also the option of hiking up the easier back trail. One of the most talked about hikes in the area, this moderate hike is breathtaking. Watch the video at visitvortex.com to take a preview.
4. Sojourner Truth Ulster Landing Park
Port Ewen is a hamlet located on the Hudson River, south of Kingston, in an area named Rondout Klyne Esopus by the original Dutch settlers. In an effort to open up the waterfront to local travelers, the town recently created this park (named for a former slave who made great strides in women’s and civil rights). Woodland trails lead past marshes, waterfalls, and bridges to ultimately open up on the majestic Hudson.
5. Hudson Highlands
The Hudson Highlands are mountains on both sides of the Hudson River, between Newburgh Bay and Haverstraw Bay. The Highlands have played an important role in America’s military, cultural, and environmental history. In the early 20th century, in response to damage caused by quarrymen and loggers in the Highlands, local conservationists began to press for public ownership of the area’s woods and mountains. Their efforts paid off in the first of several state parks that now blanket the chain. You can explore the Hudson Highlands by visiting one of the many public parks, including Storm King Mountain, Bear Mountain, Dunderberg Mountain, Beacon Mountain, Breakneck Ridge, Sugarloaf Hill, and Anthony’s Nose.
6. Climb The Trapps
Many people around the world think about rock climbing when they hear Shawangunks. This is proven by the hundreds of climbers who cling to the cliffs on any warm day. Experience the thrill of ascending rock faces. You can inquire at Rock & Snow or Alpine Endeavors to find group or private lessons for any level of experience.
See the video of the VV crew learning to climb with Joe Vitti from Alpine Endeavors at VISITvortex.com.