Friday, May 9, 2014

Hiking in The Hudson Valley: Summer Trails and Tips

Two people hiking up a mountain with packs on their back
Are you feeling the need to leave life behind for a moment and do something that brings life to your senses once again? Hiking is the answer! Oh, you might say that you have never done it or fear you can’t handle the challenge but we want to not only share how accessible this great activity is for anyone at any age but also how it may hands down be the best way to see the beauty of the Hudson Valley. 

Hiking is great because it can be a relaxed walk or a strenuous climb that challenges every ounce of your willpower. Whether you are looking for a gradual climb, a steep ascent, a stroll along a ridge, a rocky and rugged challenge or an easy trek through an untouched wooded terrain, the Hudson Valley has it all! There are many experts and avid hikers who have put together some fantastic trail options and we’ve pulled a few to highlight for you:

Alander Mountain – A 5.4-mile loop with steep climbs that will give you amazing panoramic views after you have ascended 1,822 feet.

Anthony’s Nose – A 2.6-mile round trip hike with a great reward at the Bear Mountain Ridge overlook.

Constitution Marsh & Indian Brook Falls—A 1.7-mile round trip trek that takes you on a scenic boardwalk through the marsh or an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. 

Walkway over the Hudson—This is the longest raised pedestrian walkway in the world and offers beautiful views when you look out being 200 feet over the Hudson River. It is flat and paved so it makes for a really great place to walk.

Vanderbilt Mansion—This is a great hike for someone who also loves history. The 3-mile loop is a pleasant hike that will provide great views of gardens, a man-made waterfall and of course the mansion itself.

Close to The Caldwell House

Schunemunk Mountain State Park—hike the highest mountain in Orange County. The 7.1-mile hike will offer beautiful landscape for miles.

Black Rock Forest—this hike right near Cornwall, NY is a moderate 4.3-mile trek that takes you through the beautiful Hudson Highlands preserve.

Storm King Trail—this is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Hudson Highlands. Open ridges and dramatic views will make the 3-hour moderate level loop worth every step.

Long Path Trail—in this difficult 7-mile hike you will gain 1,130 feet in elevation and walk around conglomerate rock and ridges. It stretches from the George Washington Bridge north to Albany. Only the fittest should apply to this one!

Fitzgerald Falls and Mombasha High Point—this moderate hike is 4.6 miles round trip and offers views of a beautiful waterfall and the great NYC on a clear day.

A Few Hiking Tips:

Choose a hike suitable to your fitness level
Hike with a partner and carry enough water for the day
Eat small snacks often to keep your energy up
Bring sunscreen and a hat
Use trekking poles for extra stability, especially if carrying a heavier pack
Make sure someone at home knows your plans and expected time of return
Always carry an emergency first aid kit
Good footwear and appropriate clothing will make all the difference


Challenge yourself, renew your soul and make a true hiking getaway by staying at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast. Owners John and Dena can direct you to the trails closest to the Caldwell House if you just want a little mid-day getaway. You will not find a more relaxing and peaceful place to rest your head after a day on the trails and the three-course homemade breakfast you will be treated to in the morning we will be one you will not forget. Contact us today to book a stay at our award-winning, historic New York State bed and breakfast—call us at (800) 496-2954.