"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."
"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…"
"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."
“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!”
If we are feeling up for a little vigor, a hike up Stissing Mountain is on the agenda. There is access off of Route 82, turn west at the firehouse and follow the road around until you see a path and pull off for parking. It is not a long hike and you are rewarded on top to a climb up the fire tower with 360 degree views the Berkshires to the east and the Catskills to the west. I have witnessed majestic bald eagles soaring below.
"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."