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Kayaking the Castle & Wine in the Hudson River near West Point

This is the perfect place for a day of paddling. The majestic Hudson River is the venue for this trip as we explore the coastline near West Point with awesome views of Storm King Mountain and Breakneck Ridge. This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Includes continental breakfast and picnic lunch.

Please note that you must register and book this trip on the Outdoor Connections website to reserve your spot. See link below ....

Before starting our trip we will go over basic safety guidelines and learn correct paddling techniques. Just like riding a bike, you will get the hang of it before you know it and we’ll hit the open waters. Some of the areas that we may explore are Moodna Creek along the east shoreline and Plum Point Park with it's sandy shoreline beaches.  We will also paddle around the infamous Bannerman's Castle - long since abandoned but steep in lore and mystery.  We may also head south toward Little Stony Point with more scenic and sandy beaches or into a hidden cove past the trestle bridge.  Along the way we will be treated to constant views of the massive Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mountain to the south.

The placid and serene waters of this area affords great landscape scenery, rugged mountain views, and wildlife spotting in the nearby creeks. We will make our way back to the kayak put-in and break out our picnic lunch and relax at our cozy riverside park and gaze out over the mighty Hudson River and the gorgeous mountain scenery beyond.  Then we'll pack up and head for home but not before a stop at a fun and laid back local vineyard on the Shawangunk Wine Trail to sample some the best local wines in the Hudson Valley.

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.

About this Adventure

Trip Date: Sunday Sept 21

Departure: 7:30 a.m. (approximately) – 8th Avenue between W31st and W33rd streets - in front of US Post Office and across from Penn Station.

Return: 6:00 p.m. (approximately)

Trip Rating: Moderate/Intermediate – We will paddle for approximately for 3 hours and up to 5 miles in open river and back water environments.

What's Included: Trip includes all transportation costs, guides, equipment rentals, continental breakfast, picnic lunch, wine tasting and tons of fun!

What to Bring: Wear clothing appropriate for getting wet, preferably quick drying fabrics. Dress appropriately for the season and in layers - this means have the ability to take tops on/off as needed to keep you comfortable. Rain jacket/pants are strongly suggested if the weather is uncertain. Wear water shoes, secure sandals, or sneakers. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick and bug spray are recommended. If you are not sure, bring more clothing than you think you need – extra items can be left in the van or carried in your backpack/drybag. Bring a small daypack/drybag to carry your stuff – extra clothes, snacks, water, camera, our provided picnic lunch, etc. – Ideally, you should use something that is waterproof or use large zip lock bags. For the ride home, bring a small towel, change of footwear and perhaps a change of clothes for non-modest types.

Trip Cost:
Meet-up Price with Transportation $99
Meet-up Price Self-Drive $84

All trip details and final trip itinerary will be e-mailed to all registered guests the week of the trip date.

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  • Yat L.

    Jim .. thank you for organizing this event .. so glad that I was able to attend from the wait list. I had a wonderful time ... kayaking and meeting some wonderful people. Also love the Smead wine.

    September 22, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Hi Yat- Glad you had a good time. Hope to see you again soon! Thx, Jim

      September 23, 2014

  • Victoria C

    i wouldn't mind driving and if there would be anyone else willing to take the ride with me i have room for 3 more. But you mention saturday ...isn't the trip this sunday ? would i be meeting you in manhattan or go meetup with you at the place ?

    September 19, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Ooops, yes, Sunday. The trip is closed - we hit our max. Sorry. Next time...or join us for one of our other trips...Thx, Jim

      September 19, 2014

    • Victoria C

      bummer :(

      September 20, 2014

  • Victoria C

    When is the deadline to register? I'm just waiting for a couple of friends to decide if they can come or not.

    September 18, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Hi- We are already full for Saturday for the transportation option. Only have the 'self drive' option still available but you would need to sign up asap as we need to give the outfitter enough notice so we can reserve kayaks, etc... Thx, Jim

      September 18, 2014

  • Jane V

    Will stand up paddle boards be available?

    September 1, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Hi - no SUP, it is a kayaking trip. Thx, Jim

      September 3, 2014

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