hudson-river-valley-ramble-tall.jpgAlbany, N.Y. - It's time again for the Hudson River Valley Ramble! On the weekends of September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2011, more than 180 events will be held from the Capital District to New York City.The Ramble brings people outside to enjoy our distinct cultural heritage and the natural resources of the Hudson River Valley during the Northeast's most beautiful time of the year. It also serves as an economic boost for our local economies. Nearly 200 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events, and many are free of charge and family friendly. Guided hikes, cycling and kayaking tours, historic site walks, festivals and river explorations are an example of some of the types of events that will be available for every ability level. With all that the Ramble has to offer, you'll have no problem finding a Ramble adventure near you. Here are some of the events happening this weekend near you:
  • Take an interactive walk through Troy's past at History Walk- History Underfoot and Overhead (9/24, 10:30 am). Shop for locally grown foods beforehand at the Troy Farmers' Market where the tour will begin.
  • Take a Fall Foliage Hike to Dickinson Fire Tower (9/24, 11 am) at Grafton State Park. Views from atop the tower show Vermont's Green mountains, the Berkshires, Taconic and Adirondack ranges.
  • Public Tours of the Replica Ship Half Moon (9/24-25, 10:00 am) will be available in Albany this weekend. Stop by and see what life was like aboard the ship in 1609.
  • Special content tours at the Bronck Museum discussing the environmental impact of the early American lifestyle will be available at 18th Century Green (9/17, 10:00 am & 9/18, 1:00 pm). The museum features what may be the oldest surviving dwelling in Upstate New York.
For a complete listing of events, visit http://www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com/. The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year. Copies of the program guide can be found in various tourist destinations throughout the Hudson Valley. They may also be downloaded directly from the web site. Due to storm damage, some events may have been postponed or cancelled. We recommend calling the event leader ahead of time to be sure the event is still taking place. The Hudson River Valley Ramble is presented by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway, in partnership with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and more than 180 organizations hosting Ramble events throughout the Hudson River Valley.  The 2011 Ramble is sponsored by the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Turkeybush Fund and JetBlue. Download the Ramble logo here.

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Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                                                (518) 473-3835                                                                                                                               September 22, 2011