This blog contains photographs I took when visiting the middle section of the Hudson River Valley, in July , 2015. There is so much to see and do here, that I recommend you thoroughly study the website at www.HudsonRiverValley.com that assists you in planning your itinerary, based on your individual interests and available time.The incredible structure shown in this photograph is the Gatehouse at Mohonk Preserve.
This area of Mohonk Mountain has places for hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling sports, rock climbing, and stays in luxurious historic resorts. You can plan your visit at www.MohonkPreserve.org .
This stately structure is located at the trail head of the 5 Locks Canal Trail. A map of the trail is available at www.canals.ny.gov
The Delaware and Hudson ( D & H ) Canal Museum is located across the street from the canal trail, and supplies exhibits to help you understand the canal system (www.canalmuseum.org ), as it was originally constructed in the 1820's.
The lock's precisely cut stonework were so exact, that no mortar was required for them to operate properly.
This photo shows the pedestrian bridge that takes the hiker over the lock, and on to the side of the canal where the trail is located.
This gravel trail follows the canal through Locks 16-20, hence, the name of the trail is "5 Locks Trail". The canal was 118 miles long, and took 7-10 days for a canal boat---pulled by a mule on the path beside it---to complete the distance from the coal mines of Pennsylvania, to the Hudson River.
Perrines Covered Bridge was completed in 1844, and as you can see by the placement of the historical marker, it is no longer open to vehicular traffic.
The bridge is a "truss and arch" design. More information on this and other covered bridges is available at http://www.coveredbridgesite.com .
This is called a "Burr Arch", as opposed to a "golden arch" you would see at a very famous fast-food chain!
Also in the Kingston area, along the Rondout Creek Waterfront, is the Hudson River Maritime Museum (www.hrmm.org )
These very sleek-looking watercraft were adjacent to the Maritime Museum, and made me wish I could see them when they actually had paddlers in them, and were rowing through the water!
I came across this very nice sandy beach along the Hudson River, when I was in the Kingston area. It was full of families enjoying the water on this hot July day!
1777 refers to the year the British burned important structures in the town of Kingston. The trail is good for hiking, biking, or driving .
You can find out more about the many historic structures in this town by clicking on www.kingston-ny.gov
Several blocks above the waterfront, high on a hill in Kingston, there is a very important site in the history of not only New York, but the United States of America.
Traveling another section of the Hudson River brought me to the Clermont site. The families that resided here are associated with the development of the steamboat, as well as the Declaration of Independence!
This photo shows the side of the Clermont House that is across from the Visitor Center. The opposite side of the mansion looks out over the Hudson River.
The word "Clermont" is derived from French words meaning "clear mountain", and refers to the view of the Catskill Mountains, that one sees across the river on the horizon. More information on visiting this site is available at www.nysparks.com
Another mansion along the Hudson River is the Vanderbilt Mansion, built in 1898 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. It has 50 rooms, with the classical style columns on all sides. The landscaped grounds feature a formal terraced garden, expansive lawns, and a 3 mile long riverside hiking trail. It is operated by the National Park Service, and its website is www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm
My driving tour through a part of the Hudson River Valley was nearing the end of its first day, as I crossed over the Newburgh Beacon Bridge. That giant flag hanging from its mid-section (placed there for the week of Independence Day) made my heart swell with gratitude to our Founding Fathers, and especially my Heavenly Father, for this fantastic day that brought me "MILES OF SMILES"!!! Tricia