I lived in the Hudson Valley for nine years.  These days, I live in New Jersey, right over the state line, so I'm not so far away. Of all the places I've lived, this area is no doubt the most beautiful. 

Here are 22 terrific photos of the Hudson Valley from the MoveTo blog.  The Black Creek Wetlands Complex, pictured below, is accessible from the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, near New Paltz Road.