Hudson River School Art Trail

Step into a 19th-century landscape painting

Visit the places in nature 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 online maps and directions, educational materials, and a printed guide book connecting you with the breathtaking views that inspired Thomas Cole to found America’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School.

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 Experiences 

This year we are offering guided canoe trips on Catskill Creek in conjunction with our special exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek

For more information and tickets, visit The trips are led by Catskill Mountain Wild and canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided.

For self-guided hikes visit the Hudson River School Art Trail website and select “suggested itineraries” on the home page.

What to Expect on Guided Art Trail Experiences:

Please note that the 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

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