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HVP November 2015

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Page 20 of 39 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 21 Also known as the Orange County Rail Trail, the Heritage Trail follows the former Erie Railroad on an 11.85 mile trek. There's a wide variety of things to enjoy, as the trail winds past historic graveyards, onion farms, a wildlife sanctuary. Bear Mountain State Park Rte. 9W, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701; Open from 8 am until dusk, seven days a week. Admission Fee: $8 per vehicle. Most hikers who come here tend to head straight up the park's namesake mountain and leave the rest behind. But three of the park's best all-weather attractions — the ice skating rink, the carousel, and the zoo — are at opposite ends of the park. That lends itself to taking a great hike along the lake as you enjoy all the park has to offer. And if you need a break, you can stop at the Bear Mountain Inn halfway through for some hot chocolate. PUTNAM COUNTY Manitoga: The Russel Wright Center 584 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-424-3812; Open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. Suggestion donation: $5. Hike over 4 miles of paths through a 75-acre designed landscape. Each path was built to illuminate the beauty of nature and create an adventure through the forest. Manitoga Photo by Robert Glenn Ketcham

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