Hitting the Trails Before Time Runs Out

As the days get shorter and colder, I want to be sure I’ve made the most of the late fall outdoor experience as possible.  If you have kids as I do, your weekends are usually not your own, but we are now nearly between sports and activity seasons, so there’s still a little time! The fall foliage is pretty much at peak from northern Westchester through the Hudson Valley, so join me as I head outside for this week’s diversions.

Nimham Mountain
392 Gipsy Trail Road
This is a totally surprising gem.  Easy to access off of one of Putnam County’s prettiest roads, Gipsy Trail Road, the climb to the tower at the top is a little less than a mile and worth the incline. Interesting scenery includes the many debated ancient stone structures and great foliage. At the top, you will climb the fire tower and the 360 degree vistas are stunning. Perfect for families of all ages and for mountain biking, as well.

Why I Love It:
Because it is practically in my backyard, full disclosure as always! —and because Gipsy Trail Road takes you through the Gipsy Trail Club, a fantastic Adirondack-style community from another time.  

Sign Up for E-News

Walkway Over the Hudson
61 Parker St. or 83 N. Water St.
Another year-round favorite—and I’m serious. I have walked on the Walkway during every season and even one year on Christmas Day. The views are spectacular, there are local history stations across the span and events throughout the year. You can walk, run, bring your pet on a leash and, if you are Orange County-bound, even hike and walk more on that side. On the Poughkeepsie side there are great pubs, museums and restaurants to complete your visit. Plan your visit for daylight hours; the park rangers will escort you out at dusk. The Walkway, part of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Dutchess Rail Trail, is a masterpiece of a repurposed, revitalized railway.

Why I Love It:
Because the year we walked on Christmas Day, Santa Claus was there and many of the walkers were festively dressed for the season. Because there is always a charity walk, social event, the October Moonwalk, walking clubs, fireworks and more going on, so it’s much more than a place to walk. Because at 6,768 feet it is among the longest elevated pedestrian bridges in the world.

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
127 Warren Landing
Audubon Centers usually don’t need much explanation; this one, once you find it, is no exception. The marsh is an educational conservation research facility so while it is a perfect spot for walking and exploring the outdoors around us, there are guided walks. The marsh is a wildlife refuge habitat for the Hudson River Estuary and home to many breeding birds. Perfect for families of all ages, birders, students, photographers and artists, as well. There is a small nature center, too. No pets are allowed, however.

Why I Love It:
Because it is intimate and you really can focus on the incredible wildlife that is all around the marsh. Because the trail is a quintessential Hudson Highlands mix of challenging and scalable terrain.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


What Is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a research organization. Apparently, it is funded by the Mercer family, second only to the Koch brothers on the liberal hit list. Both, through their philanthropy, spend millions on various needy organizations like hospitals. What makes them liberal targets is their funding of various conservative think tanks and candidates. I digress.

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Seen Any Good Ol’ Movies Lately?

As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, and a place of distinction in the National Film Registry, a highly selective ...

Privacy? LOL!

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting them to rise up and exhort oppressed social media users everywhere to ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Tipping the Scales in My Favor

As I was settling into bed one night, I happened to catch my husband out of the corner of my eye.

He was getting on the scale.

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” I yelled at him. He jerked his head around and looked at me with alarm.

“What? I’m weighing myself.”

I jumped out of bed and yanked him off the scale. 

“You can’t do that now!” I ...

Doing Time in the Big House

“So, what did the doctor say about Dad?” I asked my mom over the phone.

“He has an incarcerated hernia,” she replied.

“INCARCERATED hernia?” I repeated.


“Why is it incarcerated? Did it rob a bank?”

“What? No.”

“Unlawful entry? Obstruction? Insider trading?” I ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association (YSA) Draft Day

Giving Back Sports

Sun, April 22, 10:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association Preseason 50+ - 60+ ...

Giving Back Sports

Sat, May 19, 10:00 AM

FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights

BluePath Service Dogs 2nd Annual Walkathon

Giving Back

Houlihan Lawrence in Yorktown Welcomes Three New Team Members

April 10, 2018

Zef Camaj, brokerage manager, recently welcomed three salespersons to the team.

Marco Nogueras is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who uses technologically advanced marketing techniques bringing the real estate experience to a new level. He values customer service and will ensure your goals are met while keeping you updated on current market conditions. Marco has spent the majority ...