Cold Spring: Summer City Escape

I love New York and taking advantage of all the super fun (and delicious) things it has to offer. Still, like many of the Power Animals I’m always looking for ways to get out of the City and enjoy the outdoors, especially in the warmer months. A friend recently took me for a day of hiking in Cold Spring, NY. It has everything a summer escape needs – accessibility to the City, amazing views, and plenty to do – making it a perfect day trip destination. One of the best things about Cold Spring is that it’s easy to get to by public transportation and completely walkable once you’re there. It’s an 80 minute train ride from Grand Central on Metro-North’s Hudson Valley Line. If you sit on the left side you’ll see beautiful views of the Hudson on your way there.

Main Street in Cold Spring

The town has one main street with a shop for hiking gear, several for antiques, and a few restaurants. Not too far from the train station and the downtown are trail heads leading to Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. I hiked Bull Hill which is the easier and shorter of the two options at 4.5 miles. After hiking, I sat outside with a beer, burger, and sweet potato fries at Whistling Willie’s, which was nice walk from the trail head. Not a bad way to spend a summer Saturday!

View from Bull Hill

Check out train schedules Metro-North’s site and the NY/NJ Trail Conference for more info about hikes.