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18 Hudson Valley Parent ■ November 2015 for before or after the hike to visit the Mill's Mansion on the grounds— an elegant country estate built during America's Gilded Age. SULLIVAN COUNTY Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park Rte. 209, Town of Mamakating. 845-794-3000 ext. 3072; Open 7 days a week from 8 am until dusk. The canals might be frozen, but you can still step through history on the 45-acre Delaware and Hud- son Canal Linear Park. Travel along three and a half miles of trail that passes the remains of original locks, drydock and waste weirs. Signs are located throughout the park to ex- plain the different canal structures. ULSTER COUNTY Minnewaska State Park Preserve Route 44/55, New Paltz. 845-255-0752; Open from 9am to 5 pm throughout the winter. Admission Fee: $10 per vehicle. Found on the beautiful Shawan- gunk Mountain ridge, Minnewaska boasts some of the best views of the Walkway, there's plenty of woodland views to enjoy for those who don't make it all the way to the Hudson. Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail 4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. The trails are free and open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Admission to the buildings are $18 per person, free for children 15 and under. Open from 9am- 5pm, seven days a week. A madhouse in the summer, the buildings and grounds of the Frank- lin D. Roosevelt Estate are quiet and serene in January and February. It's a perfect opportunity to relax and take your time touring the houses, as well as the packed-gravel trails that connect the historic sites. Watch for birds and wildlife along the way. Norrie Point Trail Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburgh. 845-889-8851; Open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. A great hike along the Hudson River, this trail is one-of-a-kind because of its proximity to the river's edge. For about 2.5 miles, enjoy breathtaking views as you stroll along with the family. Make plans By COLLEEN MCDONALD And BRIAN PJ CRONIN L ooking for something fun, healthy and educational to do this weekend? Why not take a hike? The Hudson Valley is home to some of the most gorgeous views in the country, all year round. And while it may be better to keep the kids off of the steep, icy mountain trails right now, there's plenty of rel- atively fl at trails that can be enjoyed by the whole family no matter how low the temperature drops. DUTCHESS COUNTY Dutchess County Rail Trail Entrances in Hopewell Junction, Wappingers Falls, and Poughkeepsie; Open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. For rail trail fun on the eastern side of the valley, check out the 13 mile Dutchess County Rail Trail, which runs from the old train depot at Hopewell Junction all the way to the Walkway Over The Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Even if winter whipping winds keep you off the 12 winter trails even little legs can explore Hiking the Springhead Farm trail at the Mohonk Preserve. Photo by Glenn Koehler

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