Guided Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Step into a 19th-century landscape painting

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in the paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey and other masters of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

The 2018 Art Trail Guided Hikes are now open for sign-up. Review the descriptions below and select a date to purchase tickets.

For self-guided hikes visit the art trail website and choose suggested itineraries.

What to expect on Your Hike:

Please note that the offered hikes range in difficulty. We suggest that you read each description carefully and choose accordingly. Below you will find links to the information you need for both the paddling and the hiking trips.

Click here for information about what to bring and wear on a hike.

Click here for information about what to bring and wear on a paddle.

All hikes are dog friendly – Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. No dogs allowed on the paddle.

 Paddle includes life vests for adults; children’s life vests are limited. Contact Catskill Mountain Wild for info.

Some hikes are kid friendly; contact Catskill Mountain Wild for info.

ALL participants must complete THIS WAIVER and bring it with them on the day of the hike.

LOCATIONS/ITINERARIES:

 Week 1:  Hudson River School Art Trail Site #5: Kaaterskill Falls – June 23rd

TIME:  5pm – 8pm (end times are approximate)

LOCATION:  Laurel House Road Parking Area – Haines Falls, NY

MILEAGE:  Less than 2 miles — mileage can be added if group wants a longer hike.

DIFFICULTY:  Easy/Moderate

DESCRIPTION: Visit the views that 19th century artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, and Asher B. Durand all painted. When Thomas Cole first visited Kaaterskill Falls in 1825, there was already a viewing platform on top for tourists. However, he chose to omit this detail from his paintings to present a scene less impacted by human development. The hike starts on gentle terrain.  It will then turn a little rugged as we enter the forest and descend into Kaaterskill Clove.  We will be able to visit both tiers of Kaaterskill Falls. The spring rains typically fill the streams and lakes above the falls, making June a great time to visit.  After spending some time sketching at the bottom of the waterfalls, we will hike back out of the clove to the parking area.  At this time, the group will have a chance to extend the hike on the Kaaterskill Rail Trail.  The Kaaterskill Rail Trail is a long flat stretch of trail that can take us to a new view point of Kaaterskill Falls, and eventually leads to the Mountain Top Historical Society. To see the corresponding Hudson River School paintings, visit hudsonriverschool.org.

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WEEK 2:  Hudson River School Art Trail Site #6: Sunset Rock and Bear’s Den – July 27th

TIME:  9am – 4pm (end times are approximate)

LOCATION:  Schutt Road Parking Area – Haines Falls, NY

MILEAGE:  Approximately 6.5 miles

DIFFICULTY:  Moderate

DESCRIPTION: Visit the view that 19th century artists Thomas Cole and Jasper Cropsey painted. The view from Sunset Rock is depicted in several of Thomas Cole’s paintings including “Catskill Mountain House, The Four Elements” which is now on view in Thomas Cole’s New Studio through November 4 in the special exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance.” The hike starts on very rugged terrain, filled with rocks and roots, through a beautiful Catskill Mountain forest.  As we approach the first 2 miles of the hike, we will come upon Badman Cave.  This “cave” is a small rock overhang that, as folklore goes, served as a hideout for pirates and mobsters.  We’ll continue our hike to Sunset Rock / Bear’s Den, passing other notable viewpoints along the way.  We will spend some time at Sunset Rock to sketch and enjoy the views.  When we’re done sketching we’ll begin to make our way to North Lake where we can spend an hour swimming if the weather calls for it, so be sure to pack a towel and swimwear!  We’re more than halfway done with the hike at this point.  We will finish up with a great trail that hugs North-South Lakes and head back to our cars to complete the loop. To see the corresponding Hudson River School paintings, visit hudsonriverschool.org.

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WEEK 3:  Hudson River School Art Trail #3: Catskill Creek Paddle – August 24th

TIME:  1pm – 4pm (end times are approximate)

LOCATION:  Catskill Middle School parking area

DIFFICULTY:  A straight forward paddle — no experience necessary — all gear provided by Catskill Mountain Wild

DESCRIPTION:  Visit the view that Thomas Cole painted more than any other. There are at least 12 known paintings of Catskill Creek by Thomas Cole made throughout his artistic career. Today they hang in museums and private collections around the world including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The group will launch from either the Middle School or Catskill Point.  After a brief safety lesson and practice paddle, we will head up the Catskill Creek to Art Trail Site #3 near Atelier Restaurant.Bar (formerly Tatiana’s Restaurant).  We will float and sketch in this area and enjoy the water. Paddlers will have the chance to swim if they desire.  Paddling this stretch of creek is generally easy, but even a light wind can make it more difficult. To see the corresponding Hudson River School paintings, visit hudsonriverschool.org.

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WEEK 4: Hudson River School Art Trail Site #8: Catskill Mountain House Site – September 28th

TIME: 9am – 2pm (end times are approximate)

LOCATION: Schutt Road Parking Area – Haines Falls, NY

MILEAGE: Approximately 5 miles

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

DESCRIPTION: Visit the site of the famed Catskill Mountain House – one of the area’s earliest luxury hotels to be perched high enough to overlook the Hudson Valley. It, and the spectacular view it afforded were painted over and again by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jasper Cropsey. This week’s hike starts on flat, but rugged, terrain through a beautiful hemlock forest.  We will find a great trail that hugs the water of North and South Lakes as we make our way to the site where the hotel once stood.  This is a breathtaking view of more than 60 miles of the Hudson River. We will spend some time here sketching and enjoying the landscape. From this point, we can either trace our steps back to the Schutt Road parking area, or if the group is feeling up to it, we can extend the hike to see some more beautiful views. To see the corresponding Hudson River School paintings, visit hudsonriverschool.org.

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WEEK 5: Hudson River School Art Trail Site #6: Sunset Rock and Bear’s Den – October 26th

TIME: 9am – 3pm (end times are approximate)

LOCATION: Schutt Road Parking Area – Haines Falls, NY

MILEAGE: Approximately 6.5 miles

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

DESCRIPTION:  Visit the view that 19th century artists Thomas Cole and Jasper Cropsey painted. The view from Sunset Rock is depicted in several of Thomas Cole’s paintings including “Catskill Mountain House, The Four Elements” which is now on view in Thomas Cole’s New Studio through November 4 in the special exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance.” The hike starts on very rugged terrain, filled with rocks and roots, through a beautiful Catskill Mountain forest.  As we approach the first 2 miles of the hike, we will come upon Badman Cave. This “cave” is a small rock overhang that, as folklore goes, served as a hideout for pirates and mobsters.  We’ll continue our hike to Sunset Rock / Bear’s Den, passing other notable viewpoints along the way. We will spend some time at Sunset Rock to sketch and enjoy the fall foliage. When we’re done sketching we’ll begin to make our way to North Lake.  We’re more than halfway done with the hike at this point. We will finish up with a great trail that hugs North-South Lakes and head back to our cars to complete the loop. To see the corresponding Hudson River School paintings, visit hudsonriverschool.org.

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Hikers can contact Catskill Mountain Wild with questions at 518-291-0972, or through catskillmountainwild.com

rootGuided Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail