• National Heritage Area

    Hudson River Valley

    National Heritage Area New York

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area?

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area encompasses approximately 4 million acres and stretches from the Town of Waterford in Saratoga County to the City of Yonkers in Westchester County. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.

2. What are the goals of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area?

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the Area’s significance, support regional historic preservation projects, provide educational grant programs, safeguard nationally significant natural and cultural resources, promote and coordinate partnerships between heritage sites and local communities, and encourage appropriate local and regional economic activity.

3. How does the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area promote the region?

Heritage Tourism is promoted through our acclaimed website and monthly E-Newsletter as well as our map/guide series which showcases various themes of the region. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area logo helps to link heritage resources and give a regional identity while gateway signage welcomes visitors to the region. Annual celebrations such as the Hudson River Valley Ramble, Patriot’s Weekend, and the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial call attention to the diversity of unique heritage resources in the Valley. Grant programs seek to strengthen educational curriculum in area schools and provide seed money for historic preservation and heritage tourism initiatives. Additionally, technical assistance is offered for buildings, sites, districts, and programs throughout the Valley.

4. What kinds of activities are offered in Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area?

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area offers a variety of activities that celebrate the rich cultural and historic resources of our region. This includes a diversity of tours, celebrations, recreational opportunities, festivals, educational opportunities, and cultural activities.

5. How do I get around the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area?

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has a variety of transportation alternatives. Those traveling by car or bus can take advantage of our scenic byways and vistas while those riding by rail on Amtrak or Metro North are afforded magnificent views of the Hudson River. Those preferring to travel by kayak can travel the Hudson River and utilize our water trail sites while those biking the Hudson Valley can traverse our network of bike routes.

6. How can I get involved in what’s happening in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area?

Visit the website for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area at www.hudsonrivervalley.com for information on getting involved with local and regional events as well as with specific Heritage Sites throughout the Valley.

7. How do I learn more?

You can learn more about the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area by visiting our website at www.hudsonrivervalley.com or by calling our office at (518) 473-3835. Furthermore, you can subscribe to our E-Newsletter which offers information on upcoming events, grants program, and heritage sites. To subscribe to our free E-Newsletter, e-mail us at hrvg@hudsongreenway.state.ny.us

Did You Know?

Lyndhurst

The Headless Horseman isn’t the only thrill-seeking character to bring the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area to the big screen. Lyndhurst, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in Tarrytown, served as the Collinwood estate in the 1960’s television series Dark Shadows. More...