For a 0.6 square mile hamlet on the Hudson River, Cold Spring draws a tremendous amount of attention to itself. Just 90 minutes by train from New York City, it’s an almost too easy day trip for NYCers, who flock for the pretty shops and the climb up Breakneck Ridge.
The sheer cliff hike is perhaps Cold Spring’s most prominent attraction, so much so that the Metro North train has a dedicated stop at the base of the mountain. But the famous trail is also a sticking point for locals, who can no longer access or enjoy the nature walk which features the best views of the Hudson (immortalized by Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School) during the hours. peak. Likewise, on weekends, Main Street crowds become impossible to negotiate while having a coffee at Cold Spring Coffee House or a beer at Doug’s Pretty Good Pub.