The Hudson River Recreation area in Warrensburg is part of the 62,000 acre Lake George Wild Forest, which comprises forest preserve areas on both the East and West sides of Lake George. The primary attraction of the Hudson River Recreation Area is a nature trail and and several miles of hiking trails, all of which can be used for cross-country skiing in winter. The site also offers canoe access to the Hudson river, though you have to carry your canoe several hundred yards to the river. The noise from Golf Course Road detracts from the experience somewhat, but as you get farther from the road and closer to the Hudson river, the noise fades out. The trail that runs along the riverbank crosses some very interesting rock formations. The trails are popular for cross-country skiing in the winter, and together with trails on the adjoining Cronin's golf course, they make up a network of 16 km of ski trails. The trails are not groomed, but are generally in good condition and are well used throughout the winter. In late winter, it is possible to see ice backups on the river, from which large blocks of ice break free with thunderous booms and float downstream. The area also has a picnic area with barbeque grills.
From the Adirondack Northway (I-87), take exit 23 (Warrensburg). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp, and right at the traffic light onto route 9 north (Main St.). Drive north on Main for 1.4 miles to the second traffic light, there's a small park with a bandstand on your left hand side. Turn left at the light, and then make a quick right onto Hudson Street, which becomes Golf Course Rd. Proceed a couple of miles up Golf Course Rd. After you pass Cronin's Golf Course on your left, look for the brown and yellow sign for the Hudson River Recreation Area on your left.
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