Cold Spring (Dutchess County)
Why we love it
If you’re looking for a great Hudson River view that requires very little effort, this will fit the bill. A short hike to the top of Little Stony Point affords a great wrap-around vista of the Hudson River, with the Highlands to your north and West Point to the south. You also can take a 1-mile loop trail to the river’s edge and laze on a sandy beach, as well as explore remnants of the area’s mining history, including an old mine shaft burrowed into the point’s rocky face.
More to explore
Shops and restaurants in Cold Spring are within walking distance of Little Stony Point, as is the village’s Metro-North station. The area is also rich with hikes large and small, including Bull Hill (right across from Little Stony Point), Breakneck Ridge and Constitution Marsh.
- Small uphill hike with a big view
- Pleasant waterfront loop trail
- Hudson River beach (swimming not allowed)
Directions, hours, etc.: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/little-stony-point/