Norrie State Park has been called the Jewel of the Hudson. Spend the weekend at the Norrie campground (cabins also available) and paddle both days or hike on the many beautiful trails. You have the opportunity to spot: osprey, great blue heron, green heron, snowy egret, wild turkey, snow geese, red-tailed hawks, kingfishers, deer, and bald eagle.
We picked Norrie for this program because of the natural beauty of the area. We have two different trips one heading north (N) to the Esopus Lighthouse, one of the many lighthouses under restoration along the Hudson, the other one heading south (S) down to the Vanderbilt Mansion area.
After lunch both trips paddle to Esopus Island, which offers us a beautiful rest stop before our trip back. Rhinebeck is located a few miles north of Norrie, and offers many fine restaurants for dinning after the trip.