Hudson Valley, NY, Hiking Trails and Paths with the Best Easy Routes
Hudson Valley hiking trails and paths with the best easy routes
Poet’s Walk Park is an easy — and beautiful — route
Photograph by Robert Rodriguez, Jr.
The Dutchess Rail Trail
A 12-mile multiuse linear “park” that runs through the center of the county along the former Maybrook Rail corridor, passing through the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger, and East Fishkill.
Esopus Meadows Preserve, Town of Esopus
A two-mile trail that parallels the Hudson and skirts through woodlands, alongside wetlands, and above the Klyne Esopus Kill.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Currently stretches 12.2 miles south from the New Paltz/Rosendale town line to Gardiner.
Putnam County Trailway
A 12-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail, mostly through Mahopac and Carmel; an extension to Brewster is planned.
Orange Heritage Trailway
A 12.4-mile rail trail that runs along the former Erie Railroad Main Line from Harriman to Middletown.
Poet’s Walk, Red Hook
Nearly two miles of trails through meadows and woods.
Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Dutchess County
A paved trail that weaves through farms, wetlands, forest hillsides, historic settlements, and several villages.