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The 10 Best Hikes in the Hudson Valley and Catskills

So, I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t hiked every single trail in the Hudson Valley and Catskills (I mean, there’s hundreds), but I have hiked MOST of them, writing about the best. The list below includes hikes from six counties, and all four mountain formations in the region – the Catskills, the Shawangunks,…

Here’s Why the Hudson Valley and Catskills’ Population is Falling

The northern Hudson Valley and Catskills’ population has fallen faster than greater Upstate New York in recent years. Seven counties — Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Delaware, Putnam, Sullivan and Dutchess — saw a loss in population from 2010 to 2017, with Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties seeing an increase, according to an analysis of Census data.…

Here’s How Climate Change Could Affect the Hudson Valley

Temperatures are expected to rise in the Hudson Valley and Catskills more drastically than most of the U.S. due to climate change, with the region seeing temperatures four-to-five degrees higher by 2050 when compared to the late 20th century. These predictions come from the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a voluminous report produced by the National…

New York Hemp

Growing Hemp in the Hudson Valley (legally)

Prescott Haymes pours the hemp cocktail into my waiting glass while proudly elucidating about the drink’s origins in the way only a devoted farmer can. “For this infusion, we used pineapple, cucumber, mint — all fresh — and then, obviously, cannabis,” he said. The opaque green concoction goes down smooth and balanced, the farm-fresh taste…

Hudson Valley moose

Moose in the Hudson Valley

Moose are now occasionally spotted in the Hudson Valley as their population expands west and south from the obscure corners of northern New England that the massive quadruped was forced into by the region’s development. The moose’s historical range stretches down from Canada through New York and into Pennsylvania, but deforestation almost completely extirpated the…

Rhodes Trip

Riding to The Rhodes Trip’s Final Town

“Anything not strapped down will fly.” Alexa Kissinger, Gareth Rhodes’ girlfriend, twisted her head around from the front seat of the campaign Winnebago to warn me as I attempted to fasten myself against one of the vehicle’s threadbare benches. The Winnebago was bought by Rhodes off Craigslist, and it looked like it was bought off…