New York's Taconic Region is a superlative place to visit in the winter. It is home to amazing architecture, winter festivals and miles of snowshoeing trails that just beg to be explored. As a person that has frequented the area over the years, I just happen to know where some of those great snowshoeing trails are located. With that said, here's a quick glimpse at a few of them:
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Westchester County's Rockefeller State Park Preserve has more than 15 miles of trails, many of which are suitable for snowshoeing. Routes to consider exploring are the 1.9 mile long Pocantico River trail, the 1.1 mile long Brother's Path and the 1 mile long Eagle Hill Trail. The Eagle Hill Trail features challenging changes in elevation and breath-taking views of Kykuit. Be sure to bring your own snowshoes. A great place to dine and spend the night is the Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown.
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Columbia County's Lake Taghkanic State Park offers miles of trails. I'd suggest that visitors in search of a workout consider exploring the Winter Trail. It offers steep inclines and superlative views of the Berkshire Mountains. Snowshoe rentals are not available onsite. One of the nice things about visiting this park is that there are miles of additional snowshoeing trails located within the confines of the county. If you want to make a weekend of it, consider reserving the Cabin on Robinson Pond.
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Dutchess County's Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is an excellent place to go snowshoeing because of its location. The park connects to other recreational areas, which allows for a wide variety of trail options. There are no snowshoe rentals available onsite. I'd recommend visiting in December when the Mills Mansion is decked out for the holidays. It is located at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site. I'd also suggest visiting Rhinebeck. It's located roughly 10 minutes away from the park. Once you get there, you'll find amazing lodging and dining establishments on offer.
Taconic State Park
Taconic State Park is partially located in Dutchess County. It features access to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, picnic areas, waterfalls and year round cabin rentals. The trail is a paved path that runs for more than 10 miles. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails are also located onsite. Visitors should bring their own snowshoes. The park is also located roughly 30 minutes away from the Catamount Ski Area and Ski Butternut in Massachusetts.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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