Mentioning Hudson Valley, Catskills and Nature in the same sentence sounds almost like an oxymoron. The backyard of New York city does not need any introduction, and still the diversity is outstanding.
DESIGNED BY MAN
Landowners have been inspired by nature to create elaborate gardens. Kykuit leverages not only the different levels of the estate to create a unique path through nature, but each step offers a unique view of the palissade park on the other side of the river. Innisfree Garden will get your mind thinking, as its East design meets Western sensibilities in a journey through all senses.
One does not need to leave their car, or even their train, to experience nature's beauty. Crisscrossed by many scenic byways, the valley and the Catskills offer a show stopper at each turn. Drive from New Paltz to Shokan to discover the woodsy winding road, leading to the crossing of the Ashokan reservoir and its views of the surrounding hills. And that's just one option.
The Catskills is a no brainer; its "forever wild" designation is protected by the NY state constitution. Only 2h30 from New York city, the preserve offers the whole gamut, from a walk to the North South lake cliff over the valley to the challenging Mt Wittenberg and its 360 degrees view.
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