CORNWALL — The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum (HHNM) is hosting its fundraising annual Hike-a-Thon on May 1 and May 2 with a brand new lineup.
After 14 years, the Hike-a-Thon has been reimagined as a two day event featuring 6 hikes led by Nature Museum Naturalists.
Hikes are offered on both days at 9 a.m. Hike and Play; 11 a.m. ‘Field and Forest Ramble’; and 1 p.m. ‘Hearty Hike.’ All hikes will take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, located at 120 Muser Drive (off Angola Road) in Cornwall, except for the Saturday May 1 Hearty Hike at the Wildlife Education Center, located at 25 Blvd., Cornwall-on-Hudson.
The 9 a.m. Hike & Play trail is perfect for families with little ones. Led by a Nature Educator, you’ll make stops at some of the Young Naturalist Preschooler’s favorite Nature Play spots on this family friendly hike.
On the 11 a.m. Field & Forest Ramble, a Nature Educator will lead an interpretive hike that focuses on what you see on the trail that day, get you better acquainted with the world around you, and show you what plants and animals are active in early May in the Hudson Valley.
The 1 p.m. Hearty Hike on Saturday at the Wildlife Education Center will feature a guided hike to Round Top on the Nat Stillman Trail with breathtaking views of Cornwall and the Hudson Valley. Approx. 1 hour to complete).
For the Sunday 1 p.m. Hearty Hike, go on a guided hike on the McKeon Loop Trail. This 2.2 mile hike connects the Outdoor Discovery Center to Black Rock Forest. This moderately strenuous hike will take you through a beautiful deciduous forest and includes two wonderful views of the Hudson River (Approx. 1.5 - 2 hours to complete).
Pre-registration is required; $10 per person 3 and older. Children 2 and under are free.
Hike spaces are limited. Masks are required at all times indoors, when interacting with Nature Museum Staff and when unable to keep a 6 foot distance from others.
Visit hhnm.org for information, and to register for a hike or donate to the Hike-a-Thon.