Monday, February 28, 2011

Day Trip: Hudson River Valley in Autumn

People travel the world to see the fall foliage of the Northeastern United States. I highly recommend taking your first day trip to the Hudson River during September. Rent a car and drive up 9W for the most scenic views. Pack a picnic and step outside your city-slicker comfort zone to do some hiking.

As a non-outdoorsy person, I am often intimidated by hiking and nature. However, hiking during this time of year is rather enjoyable - it's not too hot, few bugs, and the air is crisp and fresh. Being in the midst of the breathtaking foliage and enjoying scenic overlooks is well worth the inconvenience of dirt and sweat.

Climb to the top of Bear Mountain. Then stop to take in the fresh air and snack on your picnic. You might see some wildlife too! Squirrels and chipmunks are quite friendly when there are snacks to be had. And if you're lucky (?) you might spot a Black Bear. Hudson Highland State Park is on the adjacent side of the Hudson River. It boasts climbing Breakneck Ridge as one of the top hikes in the U.S. As I mentioned before, I'm not much of an outdoorsy person and I was able to comfortably hike many of the trails.

Black Rock Forest in the Hudson Highlands has my favorite hiking trails as they are far less crowded and equally as beautiful. Much of the time you feel as if you have the forest to yourself. How romantic!


all photos my own

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