25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!

Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends


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21. Bike along the Putnam County Trailway

Making adaptive reuse of the abandoned Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad, this paved pathway is an ideal locale for bikers, runners, and walkers. The original 10-plus miles wind their way from the Westchester/Putnam border through Mahopac and Carmel; last fall, a two-mile extension opened which brought the path to just south of Brewster (an additional extension, currently in the design phase, is expected to bring the trail into town by 2012). Most of the trail is fairly flat and very scenic, with densely wooded sections and views of Lake Gleneida and the Middle Branch Reservoir (which it crosses). A go-to spot for families, the trail is also perfect for cyclists looking to get a good day’s workout: The southern end connects to Westchester’s North County Trailway, which runs from north to south for 22 miles and connects to other routes leading all the way into the Bronx.

Putnam County Trailway

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