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Warner House on Constitution Island
Business Type: Walking Tours
West Point Military Academy
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)446-8676
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The lovely old house on Constitution Island was the home of the Warner family from 1836 to 1915. Susan and Anna Warner were well known writers in the 19th century. Susan wrote "The Wide, Wide World" in 1850 which became a best seller of its day. Anna is best known for writing the words to the hymn "Jesus Loves Me". The sisters taught Bible classes to West Point cadets for forty years.

The oldest part of the Warner House includes a thick stone wall existing from Revolutionary War days. The Victorian wing of eight rooms was built by Henry Warner in 1836 when he moved his family from New York City to the island. The house is furnished with original Warner family possessions. The Warner House is a living museum and is kept as nearly as possible as it was when Miss Anna Warner lived there until her death in 1915.

Two tours a day, every Wednesday and Thursday at 1 and 2pm from June thru September. Tour includes boat ride to and from island. Guided tour of Revolutionary War fortifications and seventeen room Warner House. Reservations required. Admission: Constitution Island Association, Box 41, West Point 10996 or call between 10 and 11:30 am.

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Garrison Landing
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Garrison, 10524
Putnam County
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One of the most stunning views on the Hudson River, find Garrison Landing and enjoy the sights. Check Out this Hudson Valley Living Panorama!

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Bedford Village Green
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Bedford, 10506
Westchester County
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The Village Green of Bedford is a nearly intact New England style village center. Surrounded by antique buildings, museums and community gathering spots, the Village Green is a special place, suited to leisurely strolling, quiet shopping and shaded people watching. 18th and 19th century buildings surround the Green including the historic 1781 Courthouse Museum, the oldest government structure in Westchester County.

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D&H Canal Park
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
205 Hoag Road
Cuddebackville, 12729
Orange County
(845)457-4900
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In the late 1700s and early 1800s, anthracite -- the so-called "stone coal" -- was virtually unknown as a fuel, and the United States was facing an energy shortage. Before the War of 1812, bituminous (soft) coal had been imported from Europe, which now was in the throes of political chaos.

In 1814, two far-sighted and imaginative brothers, Maurice and William Wurts, began to acquire anthracite-bearing fields in the Lackawanna Valley of Pennsylvania. They were faced, however, with a most difficult problem: how to get the coal over mountainous terrain to the Hudson River and thence to New York City. They did manage to interest some investors, and the Delaware and Hudson Canal was born.

"A Massive Endeavor"

The completed canal, the first section of which was opened in 1828, was 108 miles long, ran from Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to an area near Kingston, New York, on the Hudson River, a trip that took 10 days by barge. The canal included 108 locks (not, however, one per mile), could handle barges 90-feet long carrying cargoes of 120 tons. The charge for a full barge of coal was $2.25.

The system incorporated four aqueducts designed by John A. Roebling, who, in 1867, would present his plans for the Brooklyn Bridge. One of those aqueducts, which carried the canal over rivers, crossed the Neversink River at Cuddebackville, and its massive stone abutments can still be seen at the D&H Canal Park.

Today, a one-mile section of the canal runs through a portion of the D&H Canal Park. The remains of a lock, a holding basin for barges, and the towpath along which mules or horses pulled those barges are fascinating relics of a period when men first visualized the advantages of long-distance haulage of goods and services for a fast-growing country. The walk is a pleasant one along the now shaded path, which is completely handicapped accessible.

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Hawk's Nest Drive
Business Type: Driving Tours
Sparrowbush, 12780
Orange County
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Scenic highway. A snake-like route along the Delaware River. Featured in many car ads.

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Kowawese Park - Plum Point Park
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Route 9W
Newburgh, 12550
Orange County
(845)457-4900
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Plum Point Park, located on Route 9W south of Newburgh, offers spectacular views of the river stretching from Storm King Mountain to the south all the way up to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Directly across from the park is Bannerman's Castle. Plum Point Park has picnicking facilities, comfort stations and picnic areas.

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Last Encampment of the Continental Army, The
Business Type: Walking Tours
19 Causeway Road, Route 300
New Windsor, 12553
Orange County
(845)561-5073 or
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On April, 1782 General Washington came to Newburgh, NY to what would be his final Headquarters at the Hasbrouck House. With the British Army still in New York City, he wanted the Northern Army close by in the event hostilities erupted again. New Windsor was chosen due to its proximity. Here the Continental Army would build its fourth and final winter cantonment. Park lands are open every day for walks during daylight hours. FREE to the public. Picnic areas. Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 to 5 mid April thru October.

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Mid-April through October. Guided Tours from Noon till 4pm Thursday to Sunday. Self guided tours during daylight hours.

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Little Stony Point
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Route 9D
Cold Spring, 10516
Putnam County
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Small park with trails leading around Little Stony Point out to river's edge.

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Mount Peter Hawk Watch
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Warwick, 10990
Orange County
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On top of Mount Peter between Warwick and Greenwood Lake. Spectacular view of mountain rimmed valley.

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Newburgh Landing
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Front Street
Newburgh, 12550
Orange County
(845)569-7300
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The newly renovated Newburgh Landing provides one of the Hudson Valleys grandest vistas. As you stand on the pier out over the mighty Hudson you can see north past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge up to the Catskills, across the Hudson as the Appalachians march eastward into Connecticut and south down to the North Gate of the majestic Hudson Highlands. Newburgh Landing is a energetic place with people parading back and forth, catching tour boats, scampering along the sea wall and sitting beneath awnings on the river side at one of the several new restaurants that frame the ends of Newburgh Landing.

Tourist Cruise Boats dock to gather passengers for two hour long cruises up and down the river. Catch one of these boats to get a close up view of Bannerman's Castle, the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, Storm King Mountain and Breakneck Ridge. Although reservations are suggested, most times you can just walk up at cruise time and get a ticket for an enjoyable ride.

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Nike Overlook; Park I and II
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Tweed Boulevard
Orangeburg, 10962
Rockland County
(845)359-6503
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Hiking, open space and scenic views are the main features of this site, which formerly served as a Nike Hercules radar tracking station for the U.S. government. Includes 50 additional acres owned with Rockland County and Scenic Hudson. Situated atop Clausland Mountain, you can view the Hudson River Valley in the east and the Ramapo Mountains in the west. Scenic overviews, picnicking, open play areas, overnight camping for groups by permit. Open dawn to dusk.

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North Gate of the Hudson Highlands
Business Type: Scenic Vistas
Garrison, 10524
Putnam County
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Flanked by Breakneck Ridge on the East and Storm King Mountian on the west, the North Gate marks the passage of the mighty Hudson River into the Hudson Highlands. These mountains are the continuation of the Appalachian Mountains crossing New York on their way south down the eastern seaboard. Over eons of time, the Hudson has carved a gorge directly through the Appalachians as they rose, forcing the river into a narrow and extremely deep passage, winding around the roots of the mountains. From the river the mountains spring directly up from the waterside, creating spectacular vistas and dramatic ascents. Many of the most historically important sites along the Hudson lie within this region, including West Point.

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Nyack, Village of
Business Type: Walking Tours
9 North Broadway
Nyack, 10960
Rockland County
(845)358-0548
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There are several established walking tours of the quaint and picturesque village of Nyack that take you through various neighborhoods of both historic buildings and scenic vistas. For more information, contact Friends of the Nyacks, PO Box 384, Nyack, NY 10960.

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Old Croton Aqueduct State Park
Business Type: Walking Tours
15 Walnut Street
Dobbs Ferry, 10522
Westchester County
(914)693-5259
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Scenic walking trail from Yonkers to the Croton Dam. Tours of the inside of the aqueduct by appointment (914-941-3189).

This 16 mile trailway offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester county into New York City, following the path of the aqueduct that was once used to bring fresh water from the Croton River to the city. The trailway is owned and managed by the NY State Office of Parks and traverses most of the Historic River towns along the lower Hudson in Westchester county. The trailway has some sections suitable for horseback riding, but no motorized vehicles are permitted anywhere on the trail. Most of the trail is easy to find and well marked as well as being very accessible from train and bus stations, it is suggested that you obtain a detailed map if you are interested in traveling long stretches of the trail.

The trail begins on the south side of the Croton dam, farthest away from the spillway. Along the way walkers will see old ventilator shafts as well as a weir chamber, used to spill off waste water during floods. Through the Tarrytowns the trail passes right through Sleepy Hollow country, passing behind the Old Dutch Church cemetery made famous in Washington Irving's stories and crossing the Pocantico River near the spot where the Headless Horseman scared Ichabod Crane. Various parts of the trail offer spectacular Hudson River views.

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Old Storm King Highway
Business Type: Driving Tours
Route 218
Cornwall, 12518
Orange County
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Cornwall to West Point. Circles Storm King Mountain, the birthplace of the ecological movement in the US. Beautiful views of the Hudson River.

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