Plan Ahead for Winter Activities Outdoors

Hudson Highlands Land Trust offers advice

winter cross-country skiingWinter is a wonderful time to be outdoors — ice skating, skiing, sledding or hiking — and with children home from school, many people will want to bring them along, too. Although December has started off mildly, temperatures can drop quickly. Dress in layers, and don’t underestimate the amount of food and water to bring. The human body works hard to keep warm.

Those who are not experienced winter hikers should stick to familiar trails and make sure to be home well before the sun sets. It may be best to plan in terms of time outside instead of distance travelled if hiking with small children. There’s lots to see in winter — like birds’ nests now visible on bare trees — and there should be time to enjoy it all.

Take-A-Hike! volunteers needed

The Take-A-Hike! program includes hikes at all levels of difficulty that highlight the natural resources, history and beauty of the Hudson Highlands and the river towns and villages nestled within them. The hikers are a group of interested and engaged folks who appreciate a hike leaders’ generosity, and HHLT is looking for people to lead new hikes. It’s a great way to meet new people and share an appreciation of this region. Please email Kathy Hamel ([email protected]) with ideas.

For more information about HHLT, visit their website,, or stop by the office at 20 Nazareth Way in Garrison, where there is also a selection of trail maps and products for sale.

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