The Hudson Valley, located at the tip of Manhattan, spans 241 kilometers where rugged mountains meet the mighty Hudson River. Wander along the banks of the river through the Trailside Museums and Zoo, the nation’s first self-guided nature trail. Experience pedal-powered vehicles that ride on railroad tracks, walk along a short section of the famous Appalachian Trail, and enjoy the scenic beauty that the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge has to offer.
Points of Interest
Situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. Come ride the merry-go-round that features hand painted scenes of the park and 42 hand carved seats of native animals.
Experience the magic of the custom-built, pedal-powered Rail Explorers as you travel alongside the Esopus Creek through the beautiful woods of the Catskill Mountains. The 4 steel wheels with hydraulic disc brakes are comfortable, fun and easy to ride.
Walk across the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, the Walkway Over the Hudson. View the stunning panoramic view above the Hudson River. Explore the many trails, parks, historic districts, shops, restaurants, and cafes on either end of the bridge.