Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn Hike: Franny Reese State Park and Walkway Over the Hudson

Here's a blueprint for a brilliant hike in the autumn.

Take the Metro North from Grand Central Station in NYC. The view from the train window, the Hudson River:

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Get off at the train station in Poughkeepsie (last stop on the Hudson line):

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Walk south, paying attention to what some of the buildings are called. (Washington Irving is a major literary figure in these parts.)

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Cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge on foot (this isn't the famous pedestrian bridge in the area, but it has a footpath, so you can share the bridge with motor vehicle traffic).

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Look at different signs on the bridge.

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Then look north along the Hudson.

Because that other bridge you see? That's the Walkway Over the Hudson. It's the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, and it's where you'll be ending your hike.

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Fall foliage is stunning.

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And you'll be in the midst of it in Franny Reese State Park, which you find right when you get off the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

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Views from the park include the Walkway Over the Hudson.

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Main danger of this hike: Paths can be uneven, covered in loose rocks, and on top of that a thick layer of leaves. Need to be careful not to slip.

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Otherwise, stunning.

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This fruit?

An Osage orange.

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Some ruins of an old estate (Cedar Glen) among the trees.

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Now it's time to leave the park…

And go north, through the Johnson-Iorio Memorial Park, and then to the entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson.
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Windy and sunny.

Wonderful views.
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View from the train back to Grand Central:

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5 comments:

nina said...

If I were still in NY, I would do this tomorrow. Beautiful!

HKatz said...

Thanks, Nina. Yes, you'd love this one :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

This walk looks fantastic and the Autumn colours of the leaves pretty specatular.

'Stourhead' is a National Trust house and garden, about 6 miles away from our place and the views and Autumn colours there are glorious, although the walk around the lake is much shorter than your serious walk!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=stourhead+in+autumn&biw=1525&bih=734&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=32xWVIuXMa2M7AbQzYFA&ved=0CDgQsAQ&dpr=0.9

I was really intrigued by the osage orange fruit, I guess the nearest we would have to a fruit with all those seeds, would be the pomegranate, although of course that ie edible for us humans.

The many squirrels we have living in the lane behind the property would no doubt love to get their paws on a bunch of osage oranges, rather than just the boring hazelnuts they steal from our trees!

I hope that the wind and sunshine lifted your spirits and blew the cobwebs away!

Yvonne

bibliophilica said...

Beautiful! I want to do this. Updating bucket list now. :-)

Relyn Lawson said...

You always have the best and most beautiful adventures.