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Nearly 10 mi of groomed trails vein the meadows, woodlands, and snowed-over lake of Fahnestock Winter Park, part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Old pasture lanes weave through hemlock and hardwood groves, passing old stone walls and granite outcroppings. Come with your own gear or rent skis, boots, and poles on-site ($16 a day). Trail passes are $9. The park, open weekdays 10–4 and weekends 9–4:30, also rents skate skis and snowshoes, as well as inner tubes for use on the groomed sledding hill. Call ahead to check weather conditions, and for information about lessons and ski clinics. You can warm up with hot food and drinks in the park's lodge and café. 1498 Rte. 301, Carmel, NY, 10512. 845/225–3998. nysparks.state.ny.us.
A vigorous climb of about an hour leads you through an oak and hickory forest to the top of Anthony's Nose, a 900-foot mountain, for spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands and Bear Mountain across the Hudson River. The first ½ mi of the hike is part of the Appalachian Trail. Rte. 9D immediately north of Bear Mountain Bridge, Cold Spring, NY, 10516.
Hike past hemlock gorges and an old iron mine in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, which encompasses some more than 14,000 acres of protected land. More than 70 mi of trails, including a segment of the Appalachian Trail, wend through the wilderness here. Canopus Lake has picnic spots and a beach for swimming. Another lake and four ponds dot the landscape, with excellent bass, perch, pickerel, and trout fishing. The park office has trail maps. Admission is free, but there is a fee for parking. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Rte. 30, ½ mi west of the Taconic State Pkwy., Carmel, NY, 10512. 845/225–7207. nysparks.state.ny.us.
Hudson Highlands State Park, an easy walk from the Metro-North train station at Cold Spring, encompasses 5,800 acres of undeveloped land just north of town along the Hudson River. The trail to Bull Hill is the closest to the village. A moderately easy climb of about an hour through a forest offers successively grander views of Cold Spring and the river, culminating in a wide vista of the Hudson River valley at the summit. Stop for a picnic at the rocky ledge overlooking the village halfway up and watch the trains trace the shore and, in summer, sailboats, freighters, and other riverboats ply the waterway. The park is free and open daily from sunrise to sunset. Rte. 9D, ½ mi north of Main St., Cold Spring, NY, 10512. 845/225–7207. nysparks.state.ny.us.
Two trails—one to a sandy beach, another to a small peak with panoramic views—traverse Little Stony Point State Park, a short walk from the center of Cold Spring. The park is free and open daily from sunrise to sunset. Rte. 9D, ½ mi north of Main St., Cold Spring, NY, 10516. 845/265–7815. www.hvgateway.com/stonypt.htm.
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