It is just a fact that no matter how hard we try to resist, we will eat more food with higher calorie content over the next two months. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we will inevitably be at more gatherings offering delicious foods that are full of yummy calories we might not eat at other times of the year.

Recently KURU Footwear released information regarding how many steps it takes to walk off some of our favorite holiday treats. They estimated that the average American will ingest 3,348 calories at Thanksgiving dinner alone.

Where to walk off Holiday Calories in the Hudson Valley

KURU Chart via email
KURU Chart via email
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So where can we walk off all those calories? I started thinking about the best places in the Hudson Valley to do that in the colder weather. We are fortunate that just about every town has at least a park, if not a greenway, in the form of a rail trail where we can burn off some of those treats we will be eating this year.

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Walking Trails in the Hudson Valley that Are Good in Bad Weather

Walkway Over the Hudson
Photo by Fred Schaeffer
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The Walkway over the Hudson is a level trail with a great view and is accessible from both Ulster and Dutchess Counties. Both sides of the park have extensive trail systems that lead to it. This means you can choose your distance. The Hudson Valley also has the Empire State Trail that stretches from New York City to Upstate New York.

A Hudson Valley Trail Good for All Ages and Levels of Experience

R2R New Paltz NY
River-to-Ridge Trail - New Paltz via Facebook
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One more trail worth mentioning is the one that is both scenic and easy to traverse. It also allows for walking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing if the weather is right. The River to Ridge (R2R) sits just outside New Paltz, New York. It offers a parking lot and travels through one of the Hudson Valley's most iconic views.

River-to-Ridge Trail - New Paltz via Facebook 2
River-to-Ridge Trail - New Paltz via Facebook
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Cold Weather Cocktails of the Hudson Valley

This is just a sample of some of the hearty cocktails served up at some of your favorite Hudson Valley bars and restaurant this time of year. As we discover more we will add them to the list.

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