Hudson River Valley Greenway Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

Listed below are paddling trips that have been suggested by other paddlers as especially enjoyable. Just click on the “View Itinerary” button to view the trip on the map, or print it. You may try one of these itineraries, or suggest one of your own.

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before posting, however, you are ultimately responsible for the details and safety of your paddling trip.) Watch for more paddling trips to be added to the list.
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A Paddle into History

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This 10-mile paddle passes through the Hudson Highlands, arguably the most scenic portion of the lower Hudson River. Launch from Dockside Park in Cold Spring, paddle south past Constitution Marsh, Constitution Island, and around World's End. The US Military Academy at West Point will be on your right throughout this stretch. Stop in at the Fort Montgomery Historic Site to enjoy lunch and tour the Fort and Visitor's Center. Paddle under the Bear Mountain Bridge and arrive at New York State's first state park dedicated primarily to Paddlesports. This is one of the most beautiful and historic stretches of the Hudson River.
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Bald Eagle Overnight Paddle 1

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Beginning just south of Albany, this 20-mile paddle provides two full days of paddling in a rural area of the Hudson River Valley. Spend the night camping at Van Schaack Campsite on Bronck Island. The entire trip features the opportunity to see Bald Eagles. Be sure to keep your distance from this shy species, repeated flushing by boaters can stress this symbol of America.
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Bald Eagle Overnight Paddle 2

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A longer version of Bald Eagle Overnight Paddling 1, this 30-mile paddle begins just south of Albany and provides two days of paddling in a rural area of the Hudson River Valley. Camp out at Hudson River Islands State Park. The entire trip features the opportunity to see Bald Eagles.  Be sure to keep your distance from this shy species, repeated flushing by boaters can stress this symbol of America.
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Explore RamsHorn Creek and Marsh

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Explore the intimate RamsHorn Creek and Marsh, which has a completely different feel than the Hudson River. Paddle quietly to see the abundant bird and wildlife along the creek. Stop at the Audubon dock about a mile up the creek and explore the trails, bird watching tower, or enjoy a picnic. 
Best attempted at higher tide levels. 
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Explore the Upper Champlain Canal

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From the launch in Whitehall you may choose to proceed north 0.2 miles to Lock 12 and the southern edge of Lake Champlain or proceed south along the canal to Fort Ann. 
Ether way this is a rural area with lots of farms and the occasional small village. There are one or two restaurants in Fort Ann. 
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Five Day Camping Trip

Suggested by Scott Keller
A 65-mile journey past the Catskill Mountains through the Hudson Highlands.

Note: all waste disposal is Carry In/Carry Out.
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Germantown to Kingston Lighthouses Tour

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Stop and visit the Saugerties Lighthouse at the mouth of Esopus Creek and paddle by the Rondout Lighthouse at the mouth of Rondout Creek. There is a great beach on the north side of the Saugerties Lighthouse at lower tide levels. 
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Highland to Kingston Restuarant and Museum Tour

Suggested by Scott Keller
Drop a car in Kingston and launch in Highland, in the shadow of the Walkway Over the Hudson. When you arrive in Kingston enjoy a meal in one of the many fine restaurants and be sure to visit hte Hudson River Maritime Museum. 
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Locking Through the Champlain Canal

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Enjoy the experience of paddling though canal locks-"locking through"-on the Champlain Canal. A visitor's center is available to explore at the end of your trip. 
This is a one-way trip, so be prepared to do a car shuttle. 

The lock tenders monitor channel 13 on VHF marine radios, or they may be contacted by phone. See the itinerary for phone numbers. 
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Schodack Island Circumnavigation

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"Circumnavigate this peninsula from the Creek Launch side to the Hudson River side. Avoid the creek at low tide or you may get stuck on teh mud flats. Leaving about two hours before low tide should work well. 
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The Empire State: Canals to the Capital

Suggested by Scott Keller
Start at the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals and proceed through the Capital District to the state capital of Albany.

Lock through at the Federal Lock and Dam at Troy. Contact the lock tender on VHF channel 13 or call 518-272-6442.
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