Fresh air and soft adventure just outside New York City.

By Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2012
Courtesy of The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail is 2,175 miles long, but you can still claim you’ve hiked it if you’ve only walked a teeny segment. But this getaway on the west side of the Hudson River is about much more than crossing something off your to-do list: It’s an ideal big city escape, thanks to its rolling green mountains, well-maintained trails, and ample wildlife.

Hudson House River Inn

Cross the Hudson on the nearby Beacon Bridge and dine 100 feet from the water at this Cold Spring property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a hotel since 1832. The restaurant specializes in dry-aged prime beef.

Bear Mountain State Park

A four-mile loop on the Major Welch Trail climbs skyward for panoramas and then descends on a snippet of the famed Appalachian Trail.

The Overlook Lodge

The stone-and-timber modernized hunting lodge was built in the ‘60s. Ask for a room in the Stone Lodges with views of Hessian Lake.