Sometimes you’re not looking to climb mountains, run marathons, or swim the English Channel. Sometimes you just want to take a gorgeous walk through the woods and then stroll on a boardwalk over a marsh surrounded by mountains. If that’s all you want to do, go to Constitution Marsh [127 Warren Landing Rd, Garrison, NY 10524].
This is an easy hike, though not without some elevation gains, under two miles long. After parking in the tiny lot, follow the signs down the gravel road to the trailhead. Take the blue trail into those woods and really, it won’t be long until you start oogling at the view.
After wandering all of the paths, we started back into the woods, and up the gravel hill again. We loved our time at the preserve, but the journey was not quite over. Get back to your car and head down the road away from the preserve. In no time you will walk under a bright and cheery red bridge.
This bonus waterfall is magnificent, and feels like a secret treasure. On a warm afternoon in early October we found some guys disregarding the ‘no swimming’ sign and enjoying a brisk dip. The water was cold, but refreshing on a hot day. The world doesn’t get much more beautiful than this, enjoy!