New York is a wonderful and diverse city, but if you want to escape the hustle and bustle during your visit, be sure to take a day trip to the authentic village of Cold Spring. It takes just over an hour by train to this cute village on the Hudson River.
How to travel to Cold Spring
Cold Spring is easily accessible by train that leaves from Grand Central Terminal. You take the Hudson line. This train is heading for upstate New York. For a return ticket you pay between 35 and 40 dollars depending on when you take the train. You have peak and off-peak prices. You can buy a ticket in advance at a ticket machine or on the train, but then you pay a little more. The train ride in itself is very special, because the train travels the entire route along the Hudson River. In no time you will suddenly find yourself in the middle of nature!
And what can you do next in Cold Spring?
Although this village is not much larger than one main street with a number of side streets, you can enjoy yourself here for a day or two. Cold Spring offers a lot of possibilities for the adventurous traveler. For example, you can kayak here in the Hudson River and there are several hiking trails that you can do in the area.
Stroll through the cute boutiques, art galleries and enjoy the photogenic streets
In Cold Spring you can find many boutiques and art galleries that you can enjoy for a while. From antique shops to doll shops, you will find everything here. Lunch in one of Cold Spring’s many tents. A must is Hudson Hill’s cafe, it is a picturesque place where you can enjoy both a delicious breakfast and lunch.
From the main street you can walk through an old historic pedestrian tunnel towards the Hudson River. You can enjoy the beautiful view of Storm King mountain and the nature that surrounds it. You will also find old cannons here, also known as ‘Parrot cannons’. During the civil war, Cold Spring had the largest iron foundry and supplied a lot of artillery to the rest of North America.
Go kayaking on the Hudson River
A must-do is kayaking on the Hudson River. Enjoy the beautiful view of the area here. You can also choose to do stand-up paddling. Special tours are also offered to take you to Bannerman Castle or West Point Academy. Since Cold Sprng is not that big, there is only one organization where you can book the tours; at Hudson River Expeditions.
Hike one of the many hiking trails
In the Cold Spring area you will find a lot of hiking trails. There are no fewer than 28! The most famous is Breakneck Ridge trail. You will find the trail just outside the village. You can take a taxi or walk to the trail. This is about 7KM. The hike is labeled as difficult, because you also have to climb a lot. So be well prepared before you start this hike and make sure you have good walking shoes. The trail route runs in a circle (one loop) and it takes about 3 to 4 hours. It gives you an incredibly beautiful view over the Hudson River. Also a fan of wild animals? Then you can certainly indulge yourself here. You can encounter eagles, vultures, hawks and deer during the hike.
There are also plenty of trails for the less experienced hiker. For example, you have Bull Hill. This trail is less difficult than Breakneck Ridge, but it also has beautiful viewpoints. The starting point of this hike is at Little Stoney Point. The first few kilometers you go uphill, but you don’t have to rock climb. The trail is well marked with markers on trees and stones. Unfortunately we were not able to finish the trail completely because of the weather, but the start looked very good! And another plus, we were almost the only one! So you really have the feeling of being away from it all. At the starting point you can also find a trail map that clearly shows you where to go. Make sure you have enough water and snacks with you, because you cannot buy anything during the hike.
Best time to visit Cold Spring as a day trip from New York
It is best to visit this town between April and October. The temperatures are then perfect and it is not too hot for the hikes. Be sure to check in advance what the weather will be like, because this town is best to visit when it is sunny, so you can enjoy kayaking and have a nice view during one of the hiking trails.