The Hudson River School Art Trail allows visitors to literally walk in the footsteps of the greatest artist of the Hudson River School. Hikers can experience the landscape from the same vantage points used 150 years ago by the father of the movement, Thomas Cole, his protégé Frederic Edwin Church, and their contemporaries, including Asher B. Durand, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and Jasper Francis Cropsey. Landscapes that inspired such iconic paintings as Cole’s View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, After A Thunderstorm (The Oxbow) and Durand’s Kindred Spirits are important stops on the trail.
Opened in 2005 with eight sites, the trail was recently expanded in 2012 to include twenty-two sites across the Hudson River Valley, New York; the Connecticut River, Massachusetts; the White Mountains, New Hampshire; and Yellowstone Park, Wyoming. Varying levels of difficulty and accessibility makes trips possible for both families and serious hikers alike. A website with details about visiting these sites, information on their artistic and historical significance, and images of the paintings that made them famous was also launched in 2012, and future expansion of the trail is being planned.
The Hudson River School Art Trail is a project of the Thomas Cole Historic Site presented in partnership with Olana New York State Historic Site, The Olana Partnership, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the National Park Service Rivers & Trails program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks, and the Greene County Tourism & Planning Department.
Visit the Hudson River School Art Trail website: http://www.hudsonriverschool.org/