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 Hudson Valley  Hiking Trails | Places To Hike

Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Albany Albany County
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Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Columbia Columbia County
      [7 listings over 5 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Dutchess Dutchess County
      [23 listings over 14 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Greene Greene County
      [16 listings over 6 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Orange Orange County
      [30 listings over 13 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Putnam Putnam County
      [19 listings over 6 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
      [8 listings over 7 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Rockland Rockland County
      [44 listings over 15 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Ulster Ulster County
      [30 listings over 12 locations]
Hiking Trails | Places To Hike | Westchester Westchester County
      [79 listings over 33 locations]


Places to Hike | Hiking Trails
Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam
Rensselaer, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster
Hudson Valley


Visit this current list of the best places to hike in the Hudson Valley. Hiking trails are listed by county and town in the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. Find the best hiking trails from southern to northern Hudson Valley. Experience hiking at its best at www.HudsonValleyAttractions.com where you will find over 200 hikes to satisfy all levels of hikers.

Pack plenty of water, snacks, and your hiking gear, and visit Hudson Valley Hiking Trails where you can experience the thrill of a challenging hike; or for beginners, the satisfying feeling of spending a day outdoors surrounded by nature.

Although hiking and walking may appear to be the same activity; hiking usually refers to the experience of walking on trails and paths away from the noise and pollution of an urban area. Hiking trails are often surrounded by fresh air, trees, the sounds of birds, small animals, and the wonderful breadth of nature. In contrast, you can walk just about anywhere, including busy streets in the city. Hudson Valley hiking offers a wide range of trails for all levels of hikers. The beginning hiker, intermediate, and experienced hiker can find places to hike that are suitable for their level of expertise.

Plan a day, weekend, or vacation in the Hudson Valley where you can experience the best hiking has to offer. Take short hikes, challenging, and scenic hikes, and immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

Hiking with Kids
Hiking is ranked among the best activities for kids. Almost all kids can enjoy a hike. When planning a hike, let the child's ability guide you. Some kids are more active and have more energy than other children. Let the age of the child and each individual child's ability to walk distances be your guide.

The benefits of hiking with kids are many. Hiking allows you to share an experience or adventure with your child where you can discover nature and the great outdoors, breath fresh air, learn about birds, small animals, wild flowers, trees, and more about the natural world around us. You can work together with your child to map out and determine the hiking route that best suits you and your child's ability. In addition to the many benefits listed above, is the fact that hiking is good for your mental and physical health, and hiking is often free. A hike is within reach of most people that are reasonably healthy, regardless of financial circumstances.

Involve your child in the planning stages of a hike. Select a trail together, and then create a simple map that your child can read while on the trail. You can also teach the child how to read trail markers. If your child is not initially interested in hiking, you may want to reward your child at the end of a hike for helping to find the hiking markers and the way forward or back to home base. This added incentive may encourage your child to become a hiker.

During the preparation phase of the hike, give children a list of hiking essentials and let them pack their own backpack. The backpack should include gear similar to your own such as a whistle, rainwear, compass, and first-aid kit. In addition to involving the children in "the adventure of hiking" they will feel grownup and responsible as you work together to make the hike a success.

Supplies for your hiking adventure should always include plenty of water, healthy snacks that your child enjoys, and a map that your child can read. Involve them in decisions of where to hike as you would involve another adult. Here are some suggestions toward building a successful hiking experience with kids:

  • Invite your child's friend so they can share the adventure together; as we all know, "Grownups can get boring."

  • Find a trail that has something exciting at the end of the hike. For example:
  • Pack protein snacks that are good for the kids and that they enjoy eating.

  • In cool weather, pack warm dry clothes and backup clothing.

  • The most important thing to remember is that hiking should be fun. Don't stress if you cannot complete your hike, or if it starts to rain, or if it's too hot. Just enjoy the day together. These memories will last a lifetime for both you and your children.

    Westchester Hiking Trails
    Places to hike in the lower-Hudson Valley include: Hiking trails in Westchester offering some of the best hiking opportunities for the beginning hiker to the experienced hiker looking for a challenge. Although Westchester borders New York City, it offers many beautiful places to hike that are secluded from noise and pollution. Westchester abounds with beautiful mountain, lake, and Hudson River landscapes. Immerse yourself in the natural world and plan a day hiking the trails of Westchester County.

    Hiking Trails in the lower-Hudson Valley include: Hiking trails in Rockland; offering hikes for beginner, intermediate, and experienced hikers, including an opportunity to hike on the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Check this list of places to hike in Rockland.

    Hiking Trails in the mid-Hudson Valley include: Hiking trails in Putnam where several state parks offer miles of trails for the beginning, intermediate and advanced hiker. Check this list of places to hike in Putnam.

    Hiking Trails in the mid-Hudson Valley include excellent Hiking in Orange County offering beginner, moderate, and advanced hiking paths for all levels of hikers. Check this list of places to hike in Orange County, New York.
    The mid-Hudson Valley offers hiking for all levels of hikers at Hiking in Dutchess County. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, you'll find trails that you can comfortably and confidently hike. Check this list of places to hike in Dutchess.
    The mid-Hudson Valley offers hiking trails for hikers of all levels, at Hiking in Ulster County. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, you'll find trails to match your experience. Check this list of places to hike in Ulster.
    The mid-Hudson Valley offers hiking for all levels of hikers at Hiking in Columbia County. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced hikers will find many hiking paths and trails. Check for places to go hinking in Columbia.
    The mid-Hudson Valley offers hiking for all levels of hikers at Hiking in Greene County. Find trails for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, Check for places to hike in Greene.
    The upper-Hudson Valley offers hiking for all levels of hikers at Hiking in Rensselaer County. Find trails at all levels for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, Check for places to hike in Rensselaer.
    The upper-Hudson Valley offers hiking for all levels of hikers at Hiking in Albany County. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiker, you will find many trails at all levels. Check for places to hike in Albany.
    Hiking trails can vary in difficulty and in the time it takes to hike a trail. Hikes can be as short as an hour or take several months. Hikers attempting the world-famous Appalachian Trailcan spend as long as a year hiking this difficult and challenging trail, spanning a distance of 2,144 miles - from Maine to Georgia, along the Appalachian Mountain range.

    Although hiking trails vary in difficulty, a common thread is that hiking is good for your physical and mental health as well as your spirit. Many hiking trails are located in large parks; allowing you to breath fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature such as the sounds of birds and small animals running about; and hiking trails usually run through scenic landscapes offering great photo opportunities. Before starting your first hike, review essentials for hiking.

    Essentials for Hiking Safety

    Tips for Safe Hiking.



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