The Manitou Point Nature Preserve, For a Great October Hike


I’m not one who enjoys tents or dirt or campfires or massive amounts of bugs or being either too hot or too cold for any extended period of time, however I love to walk.   New York City has no shortage of easily accessible trails to reach by public transportation, so if anything weeding out the perfect one was the hardest part.  We opted to go with a solid 4 miler about an hour outside the city, the Manitou Point Nature Preserve, a beautiful walk that leads you…through the woods.



over a stream


passed a marsh


over the train tracks (third trimester warrior 3 pose, people, HA!)


to the Hudson River (and a beautiful clearing!)

The trail was marked with different color markers, so besides a few small turnarounds, it was fairly easy to follow–even for the novice hiker!  We left the city around 10am, and were back home by 4pm…including a post-hike lunch and ice cream break in the neighboring town of Cold Spring.  What a perfect fall day!

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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