The Hudson Valley offers wonderful hiking opportunities for the avid hiker to the occasional hiker longing for a nice walk in the woods. When you get the desire to become one with nature while visiting the Hudson Valley, it can be difficult to know which hike would be best for you. Below are several options with varying levels of difficulty that are close in proximity to Cromwell Manor Inn. Before you begin any hike make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers and carry water, a light snack for energy, cell phone, insect repellent and sunscreen, as well as a trail map/directions.
Scenic Drives & Hiking
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www.hikethehudsonvalley.com – Check out this website for details, pictures and descriptions of local hikes.
www.nysparks.com – Check out this website for Park (times, directions, activities).
These 6 trails are a great way to begin discovering the beauty that the Hudson Valley offers for hikers.
For more trails go to the New York New Jersey Trail Conference website.
Storm King State Park
With 9.7 miles of moderate to strenuous trails, the views one receives at the top of Storm King Mountain are the hiker's reward!
Black Rock Mountain and Sphagnum Pond Loop
This 5-mile moderate hike leads you to the top of Black Rock Mountain with panoramic views of the area. The trail begins just one mile from the inn!
Highlands Quest Trail
This easy 1.8 mile trail is part of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum located directly across the road from Cromwell Manor Inn. You might see Great Blue Heron or wood ducks fishing in the Muskrat Pond. A great trail for the occasional hiker.
The highest mountain in Orange County and just a 10 minute drive from the Inn, this
25 mile trail system contains many geologic features from the rocks you will walk on to the interesting megaliths you can investigate.
Arden Point and Glenclyffe Trail
Across the river in Putnam County, this is an easy 3.7 mile hike in the Hudson Highlands State Park, a 25 minute drive from Cromwell Manor. The trail offers views of the Hudson River and West Point Military Academy. It follows an historic road used by Benedict Arnold in the Revolutionary War.
Breakneck Ridge Loop
This is a very strenuous hike across the river in Cold Spring, about a 20 minute drive from the inn. The 2.8 mile trail contains very steep climbs and offers several panoramic views up and down the river!