New York

Hudson River School Art Trail

photo: On the Hudson River School Art Trail, Catskill Mountains, New York.

Length: 26.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $15.00

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: City of Catskill, Towns of Greenport and Hunter, NY, Driving trail from Hudson to Tannersville linking 7 sites.
State(s): New York
Counties: Greene, Columbia
Longitude: -73.82639
Latitude: 42.21615

Driving Directions

Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534

Getting to Olana State Historic Site is easy. To travel by train, take Amtrak to Hudson, NY, then take a short taxi ride to Olana. Drivers will find the entrance on Route 9G, just one half mile south of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 42-12'58'' N
Longitude: 073-49'35'' W


The Hudson River School Art Trail is a theme trail linking the home of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School, with the nearby home of his student Frederic Church, as well as nearby painting sites that inspired the work of these and many other Hudson River School artists. The Hudson River School Art Trail seeks to educate the public about the first American art movement, now known as the Hudson River School, and its influence on the nation's understanding and appreciation of its natural environment. The painting sites are within 15 miles of the two anchor sites. Some sites are accessible from public roads, while others are only accessible by backcountry trails. Views from many of the painting sites, even those along public roads, remain remarkably unchanged, even today.
The trail is currently comprised of seven sites (as of 2005). The inclusion of additional sites, involving additional partners, is planned.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Olana Historic Site - area information
Website: Trail information and photos

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Elizabth Jacks
Exec. Director
Cedar Grove
Cedar Grove, 218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-7465
[email protected]



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Hudson River School Art Trail

Got to see all the painting sites of Thomas Cole!

March 1, 2022



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