Hikers Head to Orange County Trails

The Hudson Valley’s diverse terrain draws hikers of all abilities.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (September 19, 2017) – From rugged climbs with scenic views to leisurely nature walks, Orange County has parks and trails to satisfy hikers of all experience levels. There’s no better place or time to take a hike than the Hudson Valley in September. The weather is perfect, fall colors are starting to show, and visitors can enjoy some exercise while taking in the beauty of the area.

The famous Appalachian Trail was founded right here at Bear Mountain State Park, but the Orange County Tourism staff encourages visitors to explore more of the dozens of parks, preserves and trails located throughout the county.

Some unique hiking spots in Orange County include:

Sterling Forest State Park: Features hikes of varying lengths and difficulties with a focus on iron mining history and nature. Enjoy guided hikes and lectures on select weekends with www.friendsofsterlingforest.org. A beautiful visitor’s center is on site for guidance. https://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/park_detail.php?park_id=18

Schunnemunk Mountain State Park: Boasting the tallest mountain in Orange County and scenic vistas, this one is recommended for more avid conditioned hikers. https://parks.ny.gov/parks/184/hunting.aspx

Stewart State Forest: Easy hikes on flat terrain can be found here. Its gravel roads are also perfect for mountain bikes. Plus, there’s the new Great Swamp Boardwalk! http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50095.html

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Trails at the Outdoor Discovery Center: Short trails, ideal for families with children, meander through different eco systems. The trails also connect to some Black Rock Forest Trails for those wanting more of the great outdoors. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/587501b89f7456c5d579c54a/t/59a6f2b8a9db09c270b67d98/1504113340170/HHNM+trail+map+with+Mckeon+loop+trail.pdf

Delaware River Heritage Trail:  Walk through city streets to famous landmarks taking in the history of Port Jervis and nature along the way. Highlights include Laurel Grove Cemetery and the Tri-States Monument.  http://minisink.org/trail.html

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s website: www.orangetourism.org.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.

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