Category Archives: Catskill Mountains

New York State Bridge Authority Rip Van Winkle Region Points of Interest

NEW YORK STATE BRIDGE AUTHORITY Rip Van Winkle Region Points of Interest
 Source: Map of Five Hudson River Crossings; Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Bear Mountain Bridge; New York State Bridge Authority (Pamphlet, Date Unknown- estimated to be pre-1980)
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current.

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge crosses the Hudson River at Catskill and is part of N.Y. State Route 23 which is a direct connection between the Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway. The bridge is 5,041 feet long and was opened to traffic July 2,1935.

RIP VAN WINKLE REGION

 

26.  The Rip Van Winkle Trail: State Route 23-A is also known as the scenic and historic route in the Catskill Mountains area.
27.  Palenville: Here is the legendary home of Washington Irving‘s famous character Rip Van Winkle.
28.  Haines Falls: Situated at the head of spectacular Kaaterskill Cove.
29.  Hudson: The city was named for Henry Hudson. It is the third oldest city in the state-once the home port of the whaling industry operated by New Englanders following the Revolutionary War.
30.  Coxsackie: Close by is the Bronch House built in 1663 which contains an interesting collection of fine Revolutionary period silverware…
31.  Kinderhook: Birthplace of President Martin Van Buren. Of interest is the House of History, an elegantly furnished residence of the early Federal era.
32.  Old Chatham: Nearby is the Shaker Museum, a compound of six separate buildings which hold exhibits of the Shaker sect.

New York State Bridge Authority Kingston Rhinecliff Region Points of Interest

NEW YORK STATE BRIDGE AUTHORITY Kingston Rhinecliff Region Points of Interest
 Source: Map of Five Hudson River Crossings; Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Bear Mountain Bridge; New York State Bridge Authority (Pamphlet, Date Unknown- estimated to be pre-1980)
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current.

The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge crosses the Hudson River about three miles north of the city of Kingston. N.Y. State Route 199 crosses the Kingston- Rhinecliff Bridge and makes a connection by way of this route with the Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway. Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge is 7,793 feet long and was opened to traffic February 2,1957.
KINGSTON-RHINECLIFF REGION

21.       Kingston: “Gateway to the Catskills.” Of special interest is the Senate House (1676) where the state Senate met in its first session in 1777. Also of interest are the Old Dutch Church, and statues of Hudson, Clinton and Stuyvesant.
22.       Hurley: Quaint 18th century colonial village. The Van Deusen House served as the temporary capitol of New York in 1777 which is worthwhile.
23.       The Onteora Trail: Scenic State Route 28 along the north shore of Ashokan Reservoir (main source of New York City water) leads to the Catskill Mountains.
24.       Pine Hill: Near here is the New York State Conservation Department Belleayre Mtn. Chair Lift, up the side of 3420 ft. Mt. Belleayre-from this vantage point sweeping views of the Catskills may be obtained.
25.       Rhinebeck: Commercial Violet-anemone-delphinium growing center. The Beekman Arms believed to be the oldest hotel in the U.S. was established here in 1700.