Hudson River School Art Trail

Step into a 19th-century landscape painting

Visit the places and take in the magnificent views that Thomas Cole and his fellow Hudson River School artists painted nearly 200 years ago on the Hudson River School Art Trail. The program includes free online maps and educational materials, and a printed guide book connecting contemporary audiences with the natural landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of landscape painting, America’s first major art movement.

The Art Trail is a collaborative project across multiple organizations that launched in 2005. It is presented by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana State Historic Site, The Olana Partnership, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the National Park Service Rivers & Trails program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks, and the Greene County Tourism & Planning Department.

Guided Art Trail Hikes 

Stay tuned for our 2019 guided hikes schedule.

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.



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

rootHudson River School Art Trail