An hour and a half from New York City on the Metro-North Railroad is a small village called Cold Spring. Based at the deepest point of the Hudson River, in the town of Philipstown in Putnam County. Cold Spring is filled with 19th-century buildings, vintage shops and small local restaurants, but is frequently visited for its stunning views of the Hudson River and diverse hiking trails.
We traveled on a Saturday in the middle of November to catch the amber leaves before they all fell. Unfortunately, it was pretty ‘half half’, so I would recommend going a few weeks earlier to ensure the trees are in full ‘fall’ swing. If I could recommend anything, it would be the bring water and stable shoes (not foam based nikes – like I had). The leaves are super slippery and there are so many opportunities to sit down and enjoy the view.
The best site we used for directions to the hiking tracks can be found here. We initially intended on walking the Cornish Trail Loop, but somehow I think it turned into the Breakneck Ridge trail. Either way, after all the uphill climbing the views of the Hudson were beautiful and so refreshing. If I were to give any kind of directions, it would be to just follow the hikers who get off the train. We found there were a lot of groups who seemed to regularly go there and knew where they were going – I wish I could give more specific directions but anyone who knows me, knows how hopeless I am with them. On that note, besides following other more experienced hikers, we followed the Trail Marker badges (pictured above) pretty closely along the track. With no distinct path, it can be pretty easy to lose yourself in there.
After the hike we stopped by at Cold Spring Depot, a cosy American diner / bar that was buzzing for the afternoon. The meals were reasonably priced and service was great. They had an outdoor bar open that was a bit chilly for the afternoon, but it seemed like it would be a fun spot in the summer after walking the trails. After a few drinks and late lunch we jumped back on the 3:45pm train and were back in the city before night fall. Overall, such an easy and quick getaway from the city! Definitely recommend and feel free to message me if you want to find out any more specifics!