Autumn is an awesome time to visit the Hudson Valley. The crisp air, the myriad of colors on the trees, the scenic views. What’s not to love?
Hudson Valley Luxury Resorts wants you to get the most out of your stay. And no visit to our beautiful area of the country would be complete without a hike to immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty.
Below you’ll find a list of some of our favorite Hudson Valley hikes. As a bonus, we’ve also included nearby places of interest to explore once you’re done with your hike.
Storm King Mountain
One of the most popular hikes in the area, the Storm King Mountain Loop is a moderate 2.5 miles. Be sure to go clockwise to tackle the rock scramble first. There are some steep spots. Luckily, you’re not starting at the bottom of the mountain, so you don’t have to work too hard to get those awesome views at the top. (The bonus viewpoints along the way don’t hurt either.) From there, you’ll see the Hudson River below, surrounded by the Hudson Highlands.
While you’re in the Storm King spirit, check out the Storm King Art Center. It’s located in nearby New Windsor and features a massive collection of outdoor sculptures.
Mt. Beacon Fire Tower
If you’re not afraid of heights, don’t miss out on the magnificent views from the Mt. Beacon fire tower. Four miles out and back, the trail follows the path of the past Mt. Beacon Incline Railway. Expect a generous amount of steps on the way up as well as some old casino ruins. From the tower, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the Catskills, Hudson Highlands, Shawangunks, and, of course, the mighty Hudson River. You can even make out the Manhattan skyline on clear days.
Don’t pass up the unique Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon when you’re done. Look around, shop, or sign up to blow your own ornament!
Named for the unique rock formation at the peak, this trail is a short two miles out and back. Don’t let that fool you, though. A lot of it is a steep, rocky climb. It’s part of the Appalachian Trail, so you can say you’ve walked on part of it. One-of-a-kind views of the Hudson and Bear Mountain Bridge await directly below you and the mighty Bear Mountain across the way.
After you take in the scenic views, head over to Bear Mountain State Park for even more great hiking. Or grab a beer or two during Oktoberfest!
Fishkill Ridge: Lambs Hill
The title “hill” is a misnomer. You’ll be climbing a mountain and can expect some steep and rocky climbs. Clambering up some especially vertical rocks is extra challenging. Enjoy the leisurely ups and downs through the forest before ascending yet again to the top. Some occasional scenic views on the way are a nice treat. From the summit, you’ll see Mt. Beacon as well as the distant Catskills and the not-so-distant Hudson River and Mid-Hudson Bridge. The total trail length is a little over four miles out and back.
If you’re up for it, visit the Van Wyck Homestead Museum on your way back through town. History buffs will love learning about the area’s involvement in the Revolutionary War.
With all of the wonderful scenery in the Hudson Valley, we’re sure you’ll love whichever trail you choose. Let us know which one is your favorite.