New York Hiking, Nature July 10, 2019
This 2-Mile Hike In New York Takes You Through An Enchanting Forest
Down in all of the charming small towns that make up New York’s Hudson Valley Region, you’ll find all sorts of historic attractions and scenic natural wonders that you’ll be eager to explore. In the past, we’ve spoken highly about the amazing town of
Rhinebeck and all that you can do in just this one corner of the Empire State. If you’re ready to visit the area and are wondering how you can enjoy some time outdoors, then don’t hesitate to go hiking along this short but sweet trail that leads you through an enchanted forest.
Bringing you down into the Hudson Valley where you're surrounded by all sorts of jaw-dropping natural wonders, today's hike will include a more easy-going adventure that also involves some thrill.
Ferncliff Forest is a 200-acre old-growth forest preserve, made up of both deciduous and hemlock trees, as well as a 100-year-old pond.
The Dutchess County gem is a popular place to visit for those who are looking to enjoy a picnic, with plenty of tables and shelters throughout the preserve.
In total, the park has roughly four-miles of trails that visitors are encouraged to not only hike along but to also camp along as well with lean-tos available in the forest.
Out of the miles of trails that you'll have at your fingertips, there's one that people tend to favor the most and will lead you right through the lush forest.
Follow the signs to reach the tower and before you know it, you'll be enjoying never-ending views of the Hudson Valley like these!
The first fire tower in New York to be built since 1941, the fire tower that you see standing before you today in the Ferncliff Forest was erected in 2007.
Now, adventurers of all kinds can climb a total of 109 steps to see what awaits them once they soar above the beautiful forest.
While it may make some a tad nervous to climb up 80-feet above the forest floor, those who have already taken on this hike will tell you it's incredibly rewarding.
From the cabin of the tower, you'll be able to see the Hudson River and gorgeous mountains that are off in the distance.
Giving you a one-of-a-kind view of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, you won't believe such an easy trail could lead to a sight such a this!
If you're willing to enjoy breathtaking views from the outdoors but aren't quite ready to tackle one of our mountains, then consider hiking through the Ferncliff Forest to enjoy a day outside that you'll always remember.
To find out more about the Ferncliff Forest and to print out an official map for your adventure,
Address: 68 Mout Rutsen Road, Rhinebeck, NY, 12572
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