Located in the mid-Hudson Valley, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail stretches out for four miles from the Hudson River to the hamlet of Highland. Primarily running through hardwood forests, and therefore offering plenty of shade the entire way, this scenic trail showcases some of the picturesque natural beauty that the region is famous for.
Although this is quite a short trail, there is still plenty for you and Fido to see along the way. The Black Creek Wetlands, which you will pass over, is quite a popular spot with kayakers and canoeists, as this is where you will find access to a water trail. Nature lovers will especially appreciate this conserved area, as it is home to a few rare plant species. There are also two historic rail bridges that this trail will take you over, both of which boast spectacular architecture and one of which, known as The Walkway, is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
The trail is paved with asphalt the entire way, and is also flat, making this a walk that is extremely popular with families, so expect to encounter large crowds on the weekends and during school holidays. Since this is a multi-use trail, expect to see cyclists, horseback riders, roller skaters, and plenty of other pooches! You will find parking lots, picnic areas and restrooms at both ends of the trail, as well as fresh water, so be sure to fill up some empty bottles for Fido before setting off on your adventure.
If you and Fido want a longer walk, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail connects up with the Dutchess Rail Trail, creating a 30 mile trail system across the Hudson that your pooch will love exploring. Whether you decide to extend your walk or not, the beautiful Hudson Valley Rail Trail is one that you and your pooch will always remember.