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Excerpted: “A simple walk in the woods reveals the Hudson’s history as a source of natural riches. Mianus River Gorge and Pawling Nature Preserve trails traverse wooded land never again to be farmed or logged. Trails at both places go through second-growth hardwoods and hemlock”cathedrals.” But the scarred earth on the Bull Hill hike, the result of quarrying, reminds the hiker that rocks don’t grow back. Osborne Preserve offers river views, lush forests and plant life diverse enough to include cactus. The western Hudson Valley is another great epicenter for hiking: hikers throng to Harriman State Park and Surebridge Mountain.”

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