If you're looking for a very pleasant, quick drive--with water views, abundant natural flora and fauna, and history too, your editor highly recommends Travis Cove in Peekskill. (Parking is available in the lot above the Fleischmann Pier.)
Opened in 2016 under then Mayor Catalina, this is a one mile paved ADA-accessible waterfront trail---a 3-acre expansion of Riverfront Green, a walkway
across Travis Cove, two boat docks, two gazebos, an iconic sculpture and
a prominent overlook near Charles Point Park, all with views of the
Hudson River. You can read more about that here. And for more about the general history of the area, visit the Peekskill Museum here
At present, wild raspberries line the trail (and poison ivy too--be careful if you can't resist these amazing morsels of incredible flavor---there are few things as tasty as a wild raspberry).
We also spotted two immature eagles that appear to have over-wintered at Georges Island and make regular forays up and down the Verplanck to Peekskill Waterfront, as well as two very frisky small hawks.
Not to mention this baby rabbit who will hopefully learn better survival skills, lest he end up as hawk-food. He was so preoccupied with his breakfast of clover that he scarcely noticed us at all or the fox watching him very intently from under a thicket of thorny brambles nearby.
As mentioned, the trail is ADA compliant, paved and/or boardwalk---and a significant portion of the overlook trail is an easy ascent.
And the views are wonderful in either direction too---Bear Mountain Bridge and the hills on one side--a continuation of the walkway down below through the cove and beyond through Peekskill.
With just enough joggers and walkers to keep your visit serene....
And a descent down that's fairly gentle on the knees.
We followed this up with buffet back in Croton at Raga Indian Cuisine, fast becoming our favorite Indian restaurant. Read all about that here.
Located at 44 Maple Street (271-5060, in the former Block Buster Mall).
Raga was also recently featured in Westchester Magazine---one of their noteworthy Indian Restaurants:
SECOND TO NAAN! Housed in a cozy, tavern-like space with a beamed ceiling, white walls, and abundant brick, this 48-seat eatery emphasizes North Indian cuisine. Meaning “rhythm” in Hindi, Raga offers classic Indian options, along with chaat, Indo-Chinese chili chicken, crab soup, six vegan dishes... READ MORE HERE http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/May-2018/Second-to-Naan/
All and all a great morning in the Hudson Valley. Click on the photos and enjoy. More recent quick local trip suggestions here and here.
AND IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN YORKTOWN https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-very-pleasant-visit-to-meadows-farm.html
and at MAYO'S LANDING http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-beautiful-morning-to-visit-mayos.html
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