"I recommend the Brook Trail if you want a beautiful and very doable zen trail along the brook until you get to hidden Pine Lake. It's an out and back and takes about 2.5 to 3:00 hours.
For a more adventurous hike, I take the 7 Hills trail. I often do the first four hills, then come back along the brook, 2.5 to 3 hours. I usually do it in under two hours. There is about a 1,400 ft elevation gain. If you would like to extend the hike go to the fifth hill across the brook and loop back. The fifth hill will also add another 60-90 minutes and make the total elevation gain about 1,800 ft.
We recommend that you download All Trails App before heading out." - Michael Bruno
"It's hard to believe Harriman State Park and adjacent Sterling Forest is so close to Manhattan with 70,000 acres of forever wild parkland. There are mountain to climb and lakes to kayak" - Michael Bruno
"The Huyck Preserve is incredible with over 2000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, including the Rensselaerville Falls, which cascade over 120 feet. Amazing place to hike and explore right in my village…"
- Christopher Knight
"Walkway Over the Hudson is on my bucket list. I plan to take it on this summer and instinct tells me that early morning would be the best time to enjoy the majestic spectacle of the mighty river." - Karen Klopp
"The Columbia Land Conservancy, which I support, has wonderful ‘conservation areas’ with hiking trails throughout the County. My favorite ‘High Falls’ happens to be only a couple miles from home. It is a short hike to an amazing waterfall, and of course there are countless other beautiful options."
- Randy Correll
"Hike up overlook mountain. Climb to the top to find the ruins of an old Catskills hotel, a sky-piercing fire tower, and an awe-inspiring view of the Hudson Valley. Dogs are allowed on a leash." - Anne Foster + Suysel Cunningham
“Biking, canoeing, rafting in the warmer months, snowshoeing, hiking, and bird watching in the cooler months...and no matter what time of year, eating, drinking, and napping by the wood stove is encouraged!” - Kirsten Harlow Foster
"The Mashomack Polo Club welcomes spectators for their polo matches, so grab a bottle of rose and those snacks you picked up from the market and head up to Pine Plains to tailgate with family and friends on this 2,000-acre preserve." - Georgina Schaeffer
“What more perfect way to honor visiting “horse country” then watching a Polo match in a beautifully landscaped atmosphere and with so many fun people from all over the world.” - Alicia Adams
"One of the hidden gems of the area, Innisfree is recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens.” Landscape architect Lester Collins created this Japanese “cup” or “bowl” garden with his clients, Walter Beck and Marion Burt Beck. This iconic garden merges Modern and Romantic ideas within the Chinese and Japanese principles in landscape design, creating a “distinctly American stroll garden.” - Georgina Schaeffer
"A one mile walk around the lake and hundreds of exotic flora and fauna to see and always fun to find a frog or turtle on the side ready to take the plunge." - Ashley Whittaker
"From the moment I discovered this magical garden I was smitten. It’s the most peaceful place designed with Chinese and Japanese garden design principles — truly a treasure."
- Claudia Hanlin
"We love to take our bikes down the rail trail, or I’ll walk the dogs. It is a repurposed 19th century train line that, when active, went down to New York City and cuts through bucolic fields and farmlands." - Mieke Ten Have
"The Rail Trail runs from Amenia to Millerton and is a wonderful way to see the topography of the area while working off calories for lunch in the town." - Karen Klopp
"Pack up your family and bikes or tie up your walking shoes because these paved trails have the best views in the Hudson Valley." - Alicia Adams