Outdoor Adventure Getaways in Upstate NY and Hudson Valley!
Outdoor Adventure Getaways in Upstate NY and Hudson Valley!

Outdoor Adventure Getaways in Upstate NY and Hudson Valley!

December 13, 2011

3 -min read

Bored with your routine and need a getaway from the city?

Within a 90-minute drive from NYC or a little longer travel-time via public transportation options, the upstate and Hudson Valley region of New York is a welcoming haven for those desiring a break from city life. The region attracts visitors from all over the world year-round. Visitors experience its breathtaking scenery, award wining wineries, fine dining, creameries, outdoor drive-in movie theatres, outdoor adventures, leisure sports, historic sights, quaint villages, country fairs and music festivals.

Outdoor Adventure Getaway

Decompress and de-stress while having fun in the great outdoors! Ski resorts in the region cater to the novice weekender looking for adventure while also providing outdoor experts with amusements as well as challenges to get the blood pumping. Many ski resorts become outdoor amusement water parks during warmer months and host music, beer, wine and food festivals. During the Spring, Summer and Fall, you can enjoy the region’s plethora of hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, sailing, waterskiing, fishing, hot air ballooning and camping opportunities. In addition to skiing and snowboarding during the winter, you can experience outdoor activities off the beaten path such as snow tubing, dog sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, horseback riding winter trekking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice climbing and snow mobiling.

Featured Ski Resorts

Mountain Creek Water Park and Ski Resort
Hidden Valley
Hunter Mountain


Gideon Putnam Trail
Eagle Hill Trail Loop
Old Pasture Trail Loop

Ice Skating

Bear Mountain Ice Rink

Ice Climbing & Rock Climbing

Eastern Mountian Sports Climbing School

Year-Round Horseback Riding and Sleigh Rides

Rocking Horse Ranch
Adirondack Equine Center
Hollow Brook Riding Academy
Meadow Creek Farm
Dorian Estates and Equestrian Center
Winslow Therapeutic Riding
Morning Star Farm

Dog Sledding

Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours

Cross-Country Skiing

Salmon hills Adventure Center
Tugg Hill Plateau

Snow Mobiling

Capital Region Motorsports
Ashford Snowmobile Club
Alder Creek Snowmobile Rentals

Ice Fishing

Adirondack Mountain & Lake Champlain Ranches and Trails

Spring, Summer and Fall Fishing

Willow Point Marina
Davis Shooting Sports
Tughill Sportfishing Charters
ABC Ranch
Coho Motion Charters & Cabins 
Adirondack Hook & Horns
Clarence Fahenstock State Park

Spring, Summer and Fall Mountain Biking

Mohonk Mountain House 
Mountain Creek Resort 
Hudson Valley Biking
Hudson River Biking

Spring, Summer and Fall Hiking

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is a marked hiking trail originating in Maine and ending in Georgia. It has many scenic viewpoints and tourist destinations along the way, including areas of New York and bordering northern New Jersey in High Point State Park, Waywayanda State Park and Lake, Greenwood Lake, Bear Mountain State Park, Harriman State Park, Fahenstock State Park and Pawling Nature Reserve.

Blue Mountain Reservation
Rockefeller State Park Reserve
Palisades Park Conservancy
Miniwaska State Park
Bear Mountain State Park

Summertime Camping

DeerPark KOA Campground
Black Bear Campground
Little Pond Campground

Yogi Bear’s Keystone Park Camp and Resort

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds
Phoenicia Black Bear Campground

Summer and Fall Hot Air Ballooning

Above the Clouds
Blue Sky Balloons
Hudson Valley Enchanted Balloons

Summertime Boating, Sailing, Swimming

New York Sailing School
North River Cruises
Greenwood Lake 
Arrowhead Park
Cedar Point State 
Croton Point Park
Echo Lake Beach
Lake Waywayanda

Transportation to destinations:If possible, renting a car is highly recommended. Public transportation is available, although limited in some towns. Hiring a taxi can be costly and they are often not readily available without booking in advance. Renting a car also allows you the flexibility to easily visit many towns, resorts, hiking/biking trails and parks in the region, according to your pace and schedule. The following destinations in the region are approximately 40 minutes to 2 hours from Manhattan.

Car rental options:

Zip Car
Dollar Rental Car
New York Rent a Car
Enterprise Rent a Car
National Car Rental

Public Transporation Options:

Daily service to most destinations is available from Midtown Manhattan from Grand Central Station, Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal via Amtrak, NJ Transit Bus service and Metro North Rail Road.

New Jersey Transit

Prefer to have your itinerary planned for you while traveling with a group? An organized group day, weekend or week long trip maybe for you!

Zirkel the World
The Little Wine Bus & The Little Beer Bus Tours
New York City On Board
Shortline Coach Tours
River Valley Tours
Orange County Choppers Tour
All New York Tours

by Jennifer Page



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