Bring your bike, lace up your boots, grab the bridle for an adventure outdoors in upstate New York. Make the most of the Hudson River Valley landscape. Outdoor recreation in Dutchess County includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, archery and skeet shooting.

There’s plenty to explore and hike in Dutchess County. Visit trails, mountains, walking paths and more! Try the Appalachian Trail, hike to the top of Ferncliff Forest or see a stunning rock formation at Dover Stone Church.

Appalachian Trail - The Harlem Valley AT Community

30 miles of the National Appalachian Scenic Trail passes through southeastern Dutchess, and includes 4,000 acres of protected parkland with hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, ...

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Barton Orchards Treetop Adventures

Experience Barton Orchard's aerial obstacle course, Tree Top Adventure in Poughquag. Spend the day climbing, swinging, and zipping from tree to tree in one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful loca...

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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A not-for-profit scientific research center offering Thursday science seminars (Sept.-May), public education programs and lectures, nature trails, fern glen, and a children's summer ecology camp. ...

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DEC Hudson River Research Reserve

Tivoli Bays site: 1,700 acres/6 miles of trails. Joint DEC Wildlife Management Area (hunting allowed in season) and field laboratory for research and education. Freshwater tidal marsh and forested upl...

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Dover Stone Church

A nature preserve whose highlight is a stunning rock formation and waterfall in a cave. It was used by Native Americans as a hideout in the 17th century, and then for weddings in the 19th century. Dov...

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Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill

One of the highest points in the Town of Rhinebeck with views of the Hudson River, the spires and silos of the surrounding countryside, the Catskill Mountains to the West, and the Taconic Mountains ...

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Dutchess County Parks and Trails

There are nearly 400 miles of trails varying in length, difficulty and surfaces in Dutchess County. Discover nearly 200 parks throughout the county using interactive maps, photos and search options on...

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Ferncliff Forest

200-acre forest preserve and game refugee for camping (w/permit), picnicking, and pond for fishing. Hiking trails and firetower offering Hudson Valley views. Ferncliff Forest Parking Lot off Mt. Rust...

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail

23 miles (15 open) of scenic paved walking, rollerblading, biking and cross-country skiing trails, linking towns, villages and state parks on the rail bed from Wassaic Metro North Station to Copake Fa...

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Hike New York

We empower people to live a fun, healthy, and connected life through nature-based adventures and outdoor education.  Hike, run, paddle, and play throughout the Hudson Valley!  Private, group, and co...

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Historic Hyde Park Trail, NPS

More than 10 miles of trails link several parks and historic sites. Maps and information at trail heads, park visitor centers, and on-line. QR codes allow hikers to access audio podcasts about each tr...

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Hyde Park Trails

Hyde Park is home to over 30 miles of trails, including National Parks, State Parks, Town Parks, and a nonprofit nature preserve. All trails are open free to the public year-round, from sunrise to sun...

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