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Expansions to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail System

Expansions to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail System

New York State currently has 110 rail trails totaling 1,152 miles, with another 683 miles of railbed identified as “potential.” The plan, laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017 and funded to the tune of $200 million, will create the largest non-motorized transit option in the US. Here are some of the rail train connections and expansions coming to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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Sasquatch Sightings in the Hudson Valley

Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley Band Together to Gather Evidence
As a teenager, Gayle Beatty heard a distinctive, unrecognizable scream while camping one night the woods. In 2011, she heard it again on the Animal Planet show "Finding Bigfoot," and ever since has been on a mission to gather evidence of the existence of Bigfoot and to educate others.

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The Kartrite: New York State's Largest Indoor Water Park

The Monticello Resort and Indoor Water Park is Set to Open in March 2019
In March 2019, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park will open its doors. The new Sullivan County attraction will be the largest indoor water park in New York State, offering a two-acre, four-season experience with an impressive array of slides and rides.

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Windham Mountain Resort: New & Improved

With $8 million in capital improvements made over the off season, Windham Mountain is set to receive a record number of guests on its well-groomed slopes.

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Cross-Country Skiing for the Novice

Workshops & Resources for Beginners
This January, Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club will launch a series of introductory cross-country skiing workshops.

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6 Hudson Valley Hikes You Can Do in Under 60 Minutes

Got some time to kill? Opt for one of these six hour-long hikes, which will have you up, admiring the view, and back to the car in no time. Difficulties range from easy to strenuous and technical.

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Hunter Mountain Itinerary

6 Places to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play During your Next Catskills Adventure
Wondering how to round out your ski trip to Hunter Mountain? Here is a list of top places to eat, sleep, drink, and explore during your time in the Catskills.

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6 Spots to Ice Skate in the Hudson Valley

Ice skating is the perfect wintertime cardio workout. Aside from being a blast, skating builds core and posterior-chain strength. It also has lasting benefits for balance and proprioception, that sense of bodily awareness that gives us grace and ease. Here are 6 places to skate in the Hudson Valley this winter.

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3 Scenic Hudson Parks You're Probably Overlooking

Scenic Hudson actively manages 16 parks and has helped int he creation or enhancement of over 65 throughout the Hudson Valley region. Free and open to the public yearround, these parks are a tremendous resource. Here are three Scenic Hudson parks to check out.

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Scenic Hudson's Dual Mission of Land Preservation & Environmental Activism

The Hudson Valley's Best Kept Recreational Secret
Scenic Hudson's parks—16 that the organization actively manages; more than 65 that it has created or enhanced for municipalities and other partners to manage—are one of the region's best-kept recreational secrets.

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Peak Experiences: The Catskill 3500 Club

Hiking the Highest Catskill Mountains
With 287,500 acres of state-owned forest preserve, the Catskill Mountain range has a lot to offer hikers. The 3500 Club is a group of committed Catskills outdoor enthusiasts who have hiked all 35 mountains over 3,500 feet of elevation.

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Ashokan Center Celebrates 10 Years

The Ashokan Center welcomes students and guests from around the world. Visitors flock to this peaceful place for its immersive Music & Dance Camps

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3 Catskills High Peaks Hikes

Maybe you're not ready to join the 3500 Club yet, but you can still get to know the high peaks of the Catskills Mountains. Here are three hikes over 3,500 feet to get you on your way.

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The Science of Leaf Color Change & Where to Go to Enjoy the Hudson Valley Fall Foliage

The next time you munch an apple-cider doughnut or sip a steaming mug of cider as you look at the fall colors, you may find yourself wondering why leaves change color. Here is a look at some of the biological mechanics behind fall foliage, plus 5 places to go to see the Hudson Valley's autumn colors in all their splendor.

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Kayaking & Canoeing the Hudson Valley

Tips, Trips, & Safety: A Guide to Paddling Hudson Valley Waterways
New to paddling? Or new to the area? Get an overview of everything you need to know to paddle the Hudson River and the surrounding estuaries, including safety tips, tide info, and several itineraries so you can kayak or canoe safely.

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Evening Float

A Photo Essay by Yva Momatiuk
National Geographic photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott document a day in nature in the Hudson Valley, aboard their canoe, Edy.

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Steve Sandberg Quartet @ BeanRunner Café

Steve Sandberg Quartet

Sat., Feb. 16, 8-10:30 p.m. — The Steve Sandberg Quartet masterfully blends classical and world music genres with...
Black Stories Matter: An Evening of Stories from Across Generations @ Pointe of Praise Family Life Center

Black Stories Matter: An Evening of Stories from Across Generations

Sat., Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. — Join TMI Project for the first ever intergenerational production of Black Stories...

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