Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills and Hudson River Valley  by Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis

Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley Guide Book

by Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills and Hudson River Valley  by Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis
Families can escape the city for a day, breathe in fresh air, and hike some of the most splendid scenery and trails around. From Catskills State Park, Bear-Mountain-Harriman State Park, Hudson Highlands, Shawangunk Mountains, Southern Taconics, the Long Path, and the Appalachian Trail, there's something for everyone in this all-inclusive guidebook. Hikes detailed include shorter two- and four-mile hikes to six-plus miles and overnighters. Practical information on hiking with children - setting a realistic pace, playing games, and encouraging personal and environmental responsibility - make this a guidebook to recommend.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley" Guide Book
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River crossings, a series of lovely overlooks, and a shelter for overnight camping make this a super hike for families in good shape with older children. We nicknamed this one “Son of Indian Head” bec ...
Maplecrest, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
The toughest part of this trip is getting to the trailhead. If your car can manage the rutted, country back roads that lead to the gate near secluded Alder Lake, you can breathe a sign of relief. The ...
Beaverkill, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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Almost Perpendicular is almost too good to be true! This south-facing ledge on Daters Mountain, which we judged to be the “Best Overlook in Harriman State Park,” is less than a mile from the trailhead ...
Sloatsburg, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
In twenty minutes, you and your kids could watch two-thirds of a sitcom, lose $7 or $8 at a video arcade, or be halfway to Anthony’s Nose. It’s up to you. This being a hiking guide, we’ll elaborate on ...
Peekskill, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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Not only does this easy trail end in a spectacular waterfall (always a crowd-pleaser) with great wading at the base, it goes through two states! This site is also very close to the northern end of Tac ...
Copake Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
Despite the similar names, the Black Creek Forest Preserve is a long way from the massive Black Rock Forest in both size and elevation. Black Creek Forest Preserve is an intimate 130 acres that never ...
New Paltz, NY - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3
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If Robin Leach had been tracking down rich and famous folks back in the nineteenth century, he undoubtedly would have spent lots of time at the Catskill Mountain House. Considered the place to vacatio ...
Haines Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
Nine footbridges, 3000 feet of unobstructed Hudson River waterfront, a pond—what more could the kids ask for on a hike? Well, maybe a waterfall, but hey, nothing’s perfect. This is a very easy and enj ...
Catskill, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2
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The remote, unnamed pond along the Colgate Lake Trail is not for swimmers or sunbathers, but it is for kids. The wild banks beckon all types of creatures; what you don’t see firsthand you’ll likely fi ...
Tannersville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The route we’ve chosen here takes in a nearby brook and waterfall, as well as Constitution Marsh Sanctuary. This National Audubon Society property has a nature trail, an Indian rock shelter, and an ac ...
Cold Spring, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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What do a Tootsie Roll, six of the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy’s out), and the hike to Copes Lookout have in common? Give up? They’re all short and sweet! Try something a little different this time: Put the ...
New Paltz, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
If your family likes to combine hiking with history lessons, you’ll enjoy this visit to Little Fort and Denning Hills in Hudson Highlands State Park. During the Revolutionary War, British troops march ...
Peekskill, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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A waterfall is always a favorite destination for hikers, and one that is scaled down to kid-size is more appealing to families than a formidable one with limited access and dangerous drop-offs. An eas ...
Lexington, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
Whenever we ask kids what features they appreciate most on a hike, “water” is what we hear time and again. And why not? It’s pretty to look at, fun to play in, and home to a great many interesting cre ...
Mapledale, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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Whoever said that the best things come in small packages has never hiked to Giant Ledge, part of the long ridge of Panther Mountain. While the superb views from the ledge are for the big folks, the sh ...
Oliverea, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
Do you have a kid going through a bug phase? (Every kid does.) If you do, this is definitely the place to come. The beautiful meadows here are full of insects of every sort. So pack the jam jars, the ...
Greenport, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Looking for the kind of expansive views you have from a mountain summit without the demanding climb? Head for the overlook known as Huckleberry Point, where the breathtaking view extends west to Hunte ...
Phoenicia, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a lot of other neat stuff. Two hundred years ago, it bought Morgan Lewis 1600 acres in the central Hudson Valley, including the lovely riverfront property whe ...
Tarrytown, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
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Surprise! You thought Hunter Mountain was just for skiing, right? Well, when the slopes are green and the skiers are sailing, come to Hunter to explore the extensive, well-maintained trail system. Tak ...
Tannersville, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
Drumroll, please! In-n-n-troducing, the hardest hike in our book! Yes, folks, this route leads up the western side of Indian Head Mountain, traverses the thickly wooded summit ridge, and drops down th ...
Phoenicia, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
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