Millerton (Dutchess County)
Why we love it
This hike in the Taconic Range is NOT for the faint of heart or out of shape. Though less than 4 miles, it requires major effort — but is worth every step. Most of the work comes at the start, a steep ascent requiring hands in some places. (You’ll pass a very pretty waterfall; stop to enjoy and catch your breath.) Up top, you’ll amble through open, ridgetop meadows (look for wild blueberries in summer) offering a taste of the scenic splendor to come. When you reach Brace’s cairn-topped summit, sit a spell and admire the magnificence — farm fields in the foreground, the Shawangunks and Catskills across the Hudson.
More to explore
Restaurants in Millerton will slake your hunger after this strenuous hike. There also are some fun shops to explore, including Harney & Sons Fine Tea.
- Outstanding views
- Challenging (probably not for young children)
Directions, hours, etc.: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/brace-mountain-trail