Hudson Valley NY Recreation

at Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast

Serene Vista Spa Bed and Breakfast offers a Spa Retreat for recreation in the mid Hudson Valley NY. Explore New Paltz, the Shawangunk Ridge by Lake Minniwaska and the Mohonk Preserve. Just 70 miles north, its easy from New York City to have fun things to do in Upstate NY. Centrally located in New Paltz – Gardiner – Wallkill, NY area, we are just minutes from attractions and activities in the mid Hudson Valley NY, as well as Kingston, Rosendale, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Beacon NY.

Local Hiking Hudson Valley NY

If your looking for Hiking Hudson Valley, Serene Vista Spa B&Bis close to several beautiful hikes.  Spa B&B is close to all the hiking trails listed below. After hiking, come home to the Spa B&B for a relaxing spa treatment like a massage or body-wrap. Check out our in-house Miracles Day Spa under the direction of Christina Powers, a 29 year licensed Massage Theorist working in the Hudson Valley. If you want more info on the Day Spa go to So you can hike the Hudson Valley and then come home to Spa B&B for a renewing spa service.

Lake Minnewaska Loop – New Paltz, NY

Lake Minnewaska Loop is a 2 mile loop trail located near Kerhonkson, New York that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.


Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail – New Paltz, NY

Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near New Paltz, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.


Ski Top Trail – New Paltz, NY

Sky Top Trail is a 2.5 mile point-to-point trail located near New Paltz, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & road biking and is accessible from April until October.


Bonticou Crag – New Paltz, NY

This loop hike follows a difficult rock scramble to the top of Bonticou Crag, with expansive views over the surrounding countryside of New Paltz NY.


Coxing Area – Gardiner, NY Area – Mohonk Preserve is a 3 mile trail located near Gardiner, New York. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.


Mohonk Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze – New Paltz, NY

While there are many noteworthy trails on the estate, the Labyrinth trail is one of the most popular for good reason.  It packed full of climbing ladders and crevices that you have crawl through.  Additionally there the views of the surrounding area are great, especially from the Skytop Tower which the Labyrinth trail brings you too. Insane views and crazy rock labyrinth, claustrophobia-defying climb up a deep crevice.



Gertrude’s Nose – Gardiner, NY

Gertrude’s Nose is a 8.7 mile loop trail located near Gardiner, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until December.


Black Rock Forest – Cornwall, NY

Black Rock Forest is one of the first hikes I discovered when I moved to the Mid Hudson Valley, and it remains one of my favorites.  There’s no huge, steep climb here, just a gentle, constant ascent past picturesque creeks and reservoirs on your way to one of the best money spots in the area.


Storm King Mountain – Newburgh, NY

Trail pops you out into a rocky field with wide views of Newburgh BayBannerman’s Castle, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the Catskills in the distance and the eastern Hudson Highlands across the river.  On a sunny, breezy day, the Hudson River will be filled with sailboats.  What an awesome spot to relax and take it all in.


Black Creek Preserve – Esopus, NY

Two miles of trails pass through rolling forest while heading to an overlook and small inlet on the Hudson River. Black Creek Preserve is a great destination for a family-friendly hike, despite a few uphill climbs that may elicit groans from the under-10 contingent. Still, kids will love crossing the dramatic suspension bridge that spans the creek and exploring the Hudson River shoreline, whose flat stones are tailor-made for skipping. But the preserve also is a perfect place to explore some of the region’s threatened species — from blueback herring and alewives that journey from the ocean to deposit their eggs in Black Creek to tall hemlocks under siege from the insect woolly adelgid. Information about these and other endangered plants and animals, as well as the creek itself, appears on kiosks throughout the preserve.


Local Bike Riding Hudson Valley NY

Biking Hudson Halley is easy from Serene Vista Spa B&B, where we have Bike Rentals for our guests.

All the trails below are very close to Spa B&B for your Biking Hudson Valley NY

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – Wallkill, NY

opened officially in October 1993 as the seventeenth rail trail in New York State. In 2001 it was recognized as the first Countryside Trail in the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, and in 2007 it was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The trail extends for more than 22 miles from Wallkill in the south to Kingston in the north. Bordered by forests, open fields, apple orchards and agricultural lands, it passes through the hamlet of Gardiner, downtown New Paltz, the national historic Huguenot settlement, then to Rosendale over the recently restored trestle before terminating at the border of Kingston. Trail users will discover a wide variety of birds and other wildlife and spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Wallkill River and the Rounout River Valley. The trail surface is gravel and packed dirt, except for a section of the trail in the heart of New Paltz from Plains Road to Broadhead Avenue, which is wheelchair accessible.


Birding Hudson Valley NY

A great place for Hudson River birding is Serene Vista Spa B&B.  Spa B&B is a great home base to see the birds of the Mid Hudson River Valley NY. Peregrine Falcons and Hawks, as well as flocks of starlings and geese fly in unison on walks in our neighborhood. You don’t have to get in the car to have a great birding experience with the Shawangunk Grassland a quick walk away.

The Gyrfalcon

Last winter birders from all over the area flocked here to see a rare gyrfalcon who took up residence a 100 yards down the road on Old Fort Road in Wallkill, NY.


Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

Just a walking distance of .5 miles from Serene Vista Guest House is Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge.  Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is on the site of the old Galeville Airport in the Town of Shawangunk. The refuge is part of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and is managed for grassland species of concern and for protection of the watershed of the Wallkill River. Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Bluebird, Upland Sandpiper, and Vesper, Grasshopper and Savannah sparrows nest, as historically have Henslow’s sparrows. Winter brings Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Short-Eared Owls. In early spring, American Woodcocks perform their twilight courting flights.

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