Autumn is the perfect time to get out of New York City and take a leisurely drive to the Hudson Valley. In my opinion, there is nothing that can compare with the majestic sight of fall colors draped over mountains in the distance. Spectacular views of the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains can be best appreciated from the heart of the Hudson Valley. There are many picturesque routes and roadways to choose from throughout the region. It actually can be quite a fun adventure to get yourself lost, drive around and find a new route you’ve never traveled on before. Or, ask a local resident – they always know the best routes and prettiest drives. So today I’m sharing with you, five of my all time favorite scenic drives in the Hudson Valley.
So hit the road and enjoy the spectacular views!
This scenic roadway starts at the end of the town of Woodstock and twists and turns through the serene hamlets of Bearsville, Shady, Lake Hill, and Willow.
How to get there: From the NYS thruway, take exit 19 in Kingston to Route 28 West. Drive about 15 minutes. Turn right onto Route 375 and take to Tinker Street, turn left and drive through the town of Woodstock. At the end of town, make a right turn onto Route 212.
While you’re there…make a stop at Cooper Lake and take in lovely views of the largest natural lake in the Catskill Mountains.
Take this old back road for a pretty and relaxing drive through West Shokan and Olivebridge.
How to get there: From the NYS thruway, take exit 19 in Kingston to Route 28 West. Turn left to enter Route 28A.
While you’re there…turn onto Reservoir Road (Rte 42) for panoramic views of the Ashokan Reservoir.
This route will take you through the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway and offers some of the most stunning views in the Hudson Valley.
How to get there: From the NYS thruway, take exit 18 and enter the town of New Paltz. Drive through town on Main Street which will turn into Route 299. Head west on Route 299 for about 6 miles before reaching a Route 44/55 – turn right. Pull over and park at the overlooks along the way for breathtaking mountain views.
While you’re there…after driving past the hairpin turn, continue west on Route 44/55 until you reach the entrance for Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Stop for seasonal outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing and taking in beautiful views over Lake Minnewaska.
Head up the mountain for an incredible scenic drive right outside this Hudson Valley historic town.
How to get there: From the NYS thruway, take exit 18 and enter the town of New Paltz. Drive through town on Main Street which will turn into Route 299. Continue for half a mile and turn right onto Springtown Road. Drive about three miles and then turn left onto Mountain Rest Road.
While you’re there…stop for the day at Mohonk Mountain House. Enjoy activities year-round from swimming to ice skating. Park and pay for a day pass to visit the grounds, hike the many trails and scrambles or book a stay at the prestigious spa and resort.
A picturesque drive just off the beaten path through the charming hamlet of Kerhonkson.
How to get there: From the NYS thruway, take exit 19 towards Kingston. Take Route 28 West to Route 209 South. Drive through quaint towns of Stone Ridge and Accord before reaching Kerhonkson. Turn right onto Queens Highway, then left onto Cedar Drive. Turn right onto Samsonville Road (County Route 3).
While you’re there…come see us at Waterfalls Properties! Experience the serenity and privacy our communities offer. Take in views of the distant Shawangunk Mountains and adjacent Mombaccus Creek. Tour our newly constructed modern homes available for purchase and visit our new showroom. Waterfalls Properties is located in Kerhonkson and is just a short drive from County Route 3. To schedule a visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org