Thomas Cole National Historic Site is offering a third season of guided hikes to places that inspired Thomas Cole and fellow artists of the Hudson River School. Hikers will see the views that appear in some of the most beloved landscape paintings of the 19th-century, and hear stories that bring their history to life. The hikes range from easy walks to moderately vigorous climbs. Each hike is limited to twelve people, so sign up soon to be sure to reserve your place. The next hike is Saturday June 18; all hikes depart from the Thomas Cole Historic Site at 9am.
Hikes designated as “Easy” are approximately two hours in length. Those designated as “Moderate” are closer to four hours. Each of the guided hikes includes a copy of the Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook and a guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of the hike. The total price per person: $16, or $12 for members.
2011 Hike Schedule
JUNE 18 Sunset Rock and the Catskill Mt House (moderate)
JULY 16 Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
AUGUST 13 Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
SEPTEMBER 10 Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
OCTOBER 15 Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
More about the hikes is available online [pdf].
Illustrations: Thomas Cole, The Clove, Catskills, 1827 (New Britain Museum of American Art), and the same view today. Photo by Francis Driscoll.