Olana State Historic Site

Catskill, New York

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Walk in the footsteps of some of America’s most celebrated artists and see the view that inspired the Hudson River School of painting. Watch the sun sink low over the Hudson River from the grounds of this majestic home, and you will understand how this magnificent view inspired an entirely new style of landscape painting in the mid-nineteenth century. Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) lived here in the castlelike mansion at Olana, and his work helped establish the American painting style that came to be known as the Hudson River School. You may want to go inside and tour the house before taking this walk around the grounds to see some of the paintings Church produced while gazing at the river, the Catskill Mountains, and the Taconic Hills from his studio. Translating these miracles of nature to canvas, Church became one of the most celebrated artists of the Hudson River School, rising to considerable popularity during his lifetime—enough to purchase this property and build the Middle East–inspired home in which he lived with his wife and children.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Walk in the footsteps of some of America’s most celebrated artists and see the view that inspired the Hudson River School of painting. Watch the sun sink low over the Hudson River from the grounds of this majestic home, and you will understand how this magnificent view inspired an entirely new style of landscape painting in the mid-nineteenth century. Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) lived here in the castlelike mansion at Olana, and his work helped establish the American painting style that came to be known as the Hudson River School.

You may want to go inside and tour the house before taking this walk around the grounds to see some of the paintings Church produced while gazing at the river, the Catskill Mountains, and the Taconic Hills from his studio. Translating these miracles of nature to canvas, Church became one of the most celebrated artists of the Hudson River School, rising to considerable popularity during his lifetime—enough to purchase this property and build the Middle East–inspired home in which he lived with his wife and children.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Catskill
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Mar–Nov
Local Contacts: Olana Historic Site
Local Maps: At Olana’s website www .olana .org/visit_tours.php
Driving Directions: Directions to Olana State Historic Site

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