"Natural Beauty Close to New York City" New York State Favorite Tip by dino335

New York State General: 31 reviews and 46 photos

Favorite thing: The Hudson River Valley and nearby is an area of great natural beauty. It inspired an entire school of American Artists.

The second largest state park in New York, Harriman State Park begins only 30 miles from New York City, this park has high hills, over 20 lakes and miles of hiking trails. Bear Mountain State Park is adjacent to it and is only 50 miles. Harriman is also close to Woodbury Common Factory Outlets, which has bus service form NYC.

There are farms, wineries and Orchards around the New Paltz area, which also has the Shawangunk ridge. The Shawangunks contain mostly public lands as well as several small residential areas. Most of the northern Ridge is protected and held as the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Preserve with more than 100 miles (160 km) of hiking trails and several climbing areas. There are several old carriage trails on the Ridge including; Smiley Road from Ellenville into Minnewaska State Park Preserve; and Old Plank Road and Old Mountain Road in Shawangunk State Forest. There are also lots of waterfalls in this area. This area is only 90 miles from NYC.

Not mention that the Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park is a famous Cooking school in the area and some graduates have opened some excellent restaurants, especially in and near the town of High Falls.

North of that you have the Catskill Mountain Preserve, only 2 1/2 hours from NYC.

B&B's all over the place, Check some of the towns I already mentioned and in Sullivan, Ulster and Columbia Counties.

On the other side of the river, you have the Taconic Mountains FDR State Park, more waterfalls, farms and Orchards. Also, old mansions like Hyde Park and Boscobel. Rhinebeck is a nice village on the River.

Not to mention this area was first settled by the Dutch in the 1620's has lot's of site of historical interest like West Point.

Metro North Trains do go to Cold Spring on the Hudson and as far as Peekskill on the Hudson line and 82 miles north of NYC to Wassaic in Duchess County.

There are also companies that offer cruises up and on the Hudson River itself, at least one leaves from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

Still, a car is your best option to get the most out of this kind of trip.

If you do decide to rent a car, I suggest comparing prices between New York City and North White Plains, NY you can take a train there (14.50 roundtrip) and walk to the Hertz place, you might save a little money.

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2010
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