Cold-weather hiking spots in the Hudson Valley



Take a walk in a winter wonderland with these great winter hiking spots

Snow, kids playing in the snow, cold weather hiking

carousel I recommend some of my favorite area spots to hike, so that you can enjoy walking in the Hudson Valley’s own winter wonderlands:

Bear Mountain (Orange County)

Hike up the mountain or on easy roads around the lake and enjoy resort amenities like a carousel, zoo, and ice skating rink.

Clermont (Columbia County)

Stop by the historic house, enjoy the views of the Hudson River, and explore the grounds, from formal gardens to carriage roads to steep hills leading to the river.

Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park (Sullivan County)

Step into the history of this 45-acre park, and travel along three and a half miles of trail that passes through the remains of original locks, drydock, and waste weirs.

Dutchess County Rail Trail (Dutchess County)

Enjoy this 13 mile trail which runs from the old train depot in Hopewell Junction to the Walkway Over The Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Check out woodland views on your journey to the Walkway.

Esopus Meadows Preserve

Esopus Meadows Preserve (Ulster County)

Look for herons and swans, skip rocks on the river, and walk the network of easy trails; my favorite leads to a pedestrian-and boat-access-only beach with a great view of the lighthouse.

Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail (Sullivan County)

Walk these level trails, and stop by the visitor’s center for an exhibit on historical trains.

Franny Reese Park (Ulster County)

Enjoy a stunning view of the Walkway Over the Hudson and an impressive bluff perched above the western shores of the Hudson. 

Heritage Trail Entrances (Orange County)

Follow the former Erie Railroad as it winds past historic graveyards, onion farms, a wildlife sanctuary, and the villages of Monroe, Chester, and Goshen.

Manitoga: The Russel Wright Center (Putnam County)

Go on an adventure through the forest at the home of Russel Wright, American home-furnishing designer. The 75-acre landscape has links to the Appalachian Trail that even your dog can enjoy.

Minnewaska (Ulster County)

Stroll around the lake and watch for hawks flying beneath you on these steep carriage trails lined with craggy rocks.

Indoor playMohonk (Ulster County)

Explore the extensive network of carriage roads and trails, or stay close to the visitor’s center and check out the children’s forest and indoor educational facilities.

Norrie Point Train (Dutchess County)

Hike along the Hudson River and enjoy the breathtaking views, and make sure to stop at the Mill's Mansion- an elegant country estate built during America's Gilded Age.

Poet’s Walk (Dutchess County)

Follow easy trails to the gazebo and add on loops to the summer house and flagpole lot, and see why these views inspired nineteenth-century writers.

Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail (Dutchess County)

Hike these packed-gravel trails connecting the historic Roosevelt sites and watch for birds and wildlife along the way.

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (Ulster County)

Enjoy hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and other outdoor recreation at this linear park that was transformed from an abandoned Railroad in 1983.


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