Hard to believe that a New Year (2022) is almost here? Crazy, right? As businesses open, close and then re-open once again, as we put our masks on, to take them off, only to be required to put them on again, there is one place that usually lets us be free, the outdoors.

There are a few 'things' that I try to do on the first day of a new year, one of which is clean my house. I believe that it will mean my house will be clean all year long, that and I am overall a 'tidy' freak.

The other think that I really try to do every January 1, is head outside. Whether it is on an official trail or just a walk around the immediate area, I really do try to get a walk in and get some fresh are. As of this writing, it is not required for us to mask up on the New York State Trails, and while that could always be subject to change, let's plan on being outside while we can.

There are a bunch of "First Day Hikes" planned already across the Hudson Valley, Adirondacks, Catskills and Capital Region for January 1, will you join in on one of those? Or maybe you will check out a few of the great places to hike below and join in on one of those? Get out and have a great 2022.

Maybe these are a few more hikes for you to accomplish in 2022?

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Welcome to some of the best Nature Trails, Historical Landmarks, and all-around great views right here in the Hudson Valley!

The Valley is filled to the brim with amazing places you can go right now, so what are you waiting for?

12 Things to Consider for Your Next Hudson Valley Hike

Do not be like my friends and me, who decided to go on an impromptu hike up Stissing Mountain in Pine Plains with little to no preparation whatsoever. Learn from our mistakes, and consider these things before your next Hudson Valley hike.

This might be a little scary? But you can handle it. 

Take a Hike to an Abandoned Girl Scout Camp 90 Minutes from Utica

The 29 Most Interesting Hikes In and Around the Hudson Valley

We've made a list of the most interesting hikes in and around the Hudson Valley. This list features hikes with various features: mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, unique areas, and fire towers.