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Winter Activities in the Catskills and the Hudson Valley
While most of the activities the Catskills and the Hudson Valley region has to offer are limited to the summertime, wintertime skiing is slowly on the rise, especially at resorts like Belleayre Mountain near Fleishmanns, Ski Wyndham near State Road 23, and Hunter Mountain near Hunter. Many visitors come to the region nowadays for the cross-country skiing opportunities, as well. Cross-country is available at Bowdoin Park near Poughkeepsie, in Mills-Norrie State Park near Staatsburg, in Boyce Park near Wingdale, and at Full Moon Resort in the center of Catskill Park.
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One center for cross-country skiing is located in Tannersville, right on State Road 23A. This is Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, which contains more than 20 miles on 300 acres of hemlocks, pines, and shy forest animals. The trails were originally logging roads, and today they are well-groomed, up-kept, and graded for difficulty. There are several ponds and small lakes, as well as streams, all of which lend a pristine look to the frozen woodland landscape. The center is only open one weekends, in the winter months.
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On a sunny day after a snow, driving along the highways paralleling the Hudson River can be a gorgeous experience, for the stunning views of snow and ice. The peaks of the Catskills and the Shawangunks are no less beautiful.
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Covered bridges have been an unforgettable part of the scenery in the Catskill Mountains and the northwestern part of the Hudson Valley for about 150 years. They cross the various streams and rivers, noisy though sturdy, serving the locals and their cattle as a means of transportation, and bequeathing to visitors a quaint and aesthetic experience. Covered bridges serve a dual purpose: They last longer, as the roof shields the lane from the elements; and they look like barns, so cattle won't fear crossing them.
For their upkeep the locals have been responsible every few years to replace a few slats and repaint the wood, but on the whole these bridges earn our respect for their resilience through time and against the elements.
Covered Bridges in the Catskills and the Hudson Valley
You'll find covered bridges in the following locations:
- Turnwood Bridge crosses the old channel of the Esopus Creek, in the New York State University Campus, in New Paltz. It was built in 1865, and is 62 feet in length. No cars.
- Perrine's Bridge crosses Walkill River, in Rifton, just south of Kingston. It was built back in 1844, and is 154 feet long. It's located on the bypassed section of State Road 213; no cars.
- Beaverkill Bridge crosses Beaverkill Creek. It's 128 feet in length, built in 1865, and located in Beaverkill State Park, south of Catskill Park. Take Country Road 179 to Country Road 151, to Beaverkill Camp Road, where you'll find the bridge.
- Halls Mills Bridge crosses the Neversink. It was built in 1912, and is 130 feet in length. It crosses the bypassed section of Hunter Road, in the southern part of Catskill Park. No cars.
- Bendo Bridge crosses Willowamoc Creek. It's quite a bit shorter, at 48 feet in length, and was built in 1860. Located in the town of Rockland, in the southern part of Catskill Park, take Willowamoc Road to Conklin Hill Road, where you'll find the bridge.
- Van Tran Flat Bridge crosses Willowamoc Creek. It was built in 1860, and is 117 feet in length. It's north of Livingston Manor, on Covered Bridge Road.
- Downsville Bridge crosses the Delaware River. It's 174 feet long, and it was constructed in 1854. It carries Bridge Street, southeast of Downsville and southwest of Pepacton Reservoir.
- Blenheim Bridge crosses Schoharie Creek. It's a whopping 232 feet long, built in 1857. The word is that the cows love this one - architecturally, so will you, as the building plan is pretty unique. It crosses State Road 30 north of West Kill Road. No cars.
- Mill Brook Bridge crosses, lo and behold, Mill Brook, in Arkville, on the northern rim of Catskill Park. It was built in 1902, and is 66 feet long. It's located on the bypassed section of Mill Brook Road, in Arkville. No cars.
- The Tappan Bridge crosses Dry Brook. It was built in 1906, and is 43 feet long. It's southeast of Arkville, off Dry Brook Road.
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