Recreation: Hiking, Biking, & Kayaking
Hudson River School Art Trail
The Hudson River School Art Trail is a project to map the painting sites of the artists Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church, one of the most accomplished painters of the movement, and their contemporaries including Asher B. Durand, Sanford Gifford and Jasper Cropsey.
Located just 90 miles north of New York City, the Mohonk Preserve provides visitors access to over 6,500 acres in the Shawangunk Mountains – including cliffs, forests, fields, ponds, and streams – and to a network of over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Also, the internationally renowned “Gunks” cliffs offer over 1,000 technical rock climbing routes.
New York/New Jersey Trail Conference
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a federation of 104 hiking clubs and environmental organizations and 10,000 individuals dedicated to building and maintaining marked hiking trails and protecting related open space in the bi-state region.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, or OPRHP, minds the state's public lands. It oversees state parks and state historic sites in 13 regions, and works with the New York State Historic Preservation Office to preserve historical locations.
Palisades Park Conservancy
This corporation is established exclusively for charitable objectives to receive and maintain funds and apply such funds for the improvement of and activities in the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and for the purposes of promoting and expanding the preservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources in the Park for the benefit of the public.
Parks and Trails New York
Parks & Trails New York works statewide to protect New York's parks and help communities create new parks.
Columbia Land Conservancy
The Columbia Land Conservancy maintains nine Public Conservation Areas throughout Columbia County. Each of these sites is open year-round, dawn to dusk, free of charge to the general public for outdoor recreation including hiking, bird-watching, fishing, and snowshoeing. These sites showcase the county’s natural resources including the highest waterfall in the county, unique tidal wetlands, and spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. CLC manages these properties for wildlife habitat and holds numerous outdoor education programs at the sites throughout the year.
Hudson River Watertrail Association
The Hudson River Watertrail Association is a coalition of small boaters, primarily human and wind powered, who are actively interested in the Hudson River as a treasure of natural and human history. The HRWA was formed in 1992 as an all-volunteer, non-profit environmental and recreational action group, with the specific goal of building a river trail from the Atlantic Ocean to Canada and promoting a low impact approach to the river. The group was born of the realization that the Hudson River was difficult to access or actively use by small car-top boaters, including those interested in multi-day trips on the river.