Adventure Awaits in Putnam County | Sponsored | Putnam County | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Just an hour from New York City or Kingston is tiny-but-mighty Putnam County, and plenty of outdoors action that nature lovers travel much farther afield to discover.

Hop on the MetroNorth to Brewster and take a bite out of the 750-mile Empire State Trail. Easily accessible from there is the Maybrook Trailway, a serene route that traverses woods, fields, and wetlands, including National Historic Landmark the Great Swamp. The 6,000-acre wetland is a birder's paradise and offers canoers and kayakers incredible views along its 14 miles of navigable waters.

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Biking Maybrook Trail

Head off the beaten path through the woods of Kent to find Hawk Rock, a 25-foot glacial boulder carved with petroglyphs, as well as three stone chambers rumored to be built by Celtic explorers. The land is owned by the Department of Environmental Conservation, so be sure to request an access permit on their website before you go.

Up for a classic challenge? Hike up Breakneck Ridge outside Cold Spring to enjoy panoramic views of the Hudson River. The trailhead is currently closed for safety improvements, but hikers can still reach the summit using alternate approved routes.

Scan the QR code for info about the Breakneck Ridge trailhead closure.

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