When we think of outdoor activities we often turn to our spring, summer and fall months for inspiration but winter in the Hudson Valley has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Here in Kingston we are less than an hour’s drive from places where visitors can hike, ice skate, ski, and snowshoe to their heart’s content. Not to mention the possibility of ice fishing and ice boating!
For hiking beginners can partake in an easy hike on Black Creek that contains a promontory point overlooking the Hudson River. More experienced hikers can climb to the fire tower atop Overlook Mountain; and really serious hikers can work on joining the Catskill 3500 Club.
Nothing is more exhilarating than skiing black diamond trails on Hunter Mountain; but try the other side of the same mountain ridge. Windham Mountain, also 1600 ft high, has 58 trails (versus Hunter’s 54 trails) covering beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. And if your kids are not into downhill skiing, there’s snow tubing for the whole family to enjoy.
Avid snowshoers can break their own trails across the terrain. Nothing else gives one the heart-pumping aerobic exercise that doctors recommend to strengthen the heart. As the saying goes, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." Check out the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Belleayre Mountain and if there’s enough snow, the Kingston Point Rail Trail.
For ice skating check out the Kiwanis Ice Arena located in Saugerties NY and the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House which boast an Ice Skating Pavilion as well as many cross country skiing trails.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more winter wonderland locations here in Ulster County so get on that warm winter jacket and enjoy!