The Hudson River School Art Trail

The Hudson River School Art Trail

The Hudson River School Art Trail is a project to map the painting sites of the artists Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church, one of the most accomplished painters of the movement, and their contemporaries including Asher B. Durand, Sanford Gifford and Jasper Cropsey. This website includes the following resources to guide you on your actual or virtual journey on the Trail.

It is only a thirty minute drive from the Catskill Bed and Breakfast and Spa to some of the most beautiful sites on the train including Kaaterskill Falls. Just drive past the Hunter Mountain ski Resort and ten minutes later you will be at the foot of the waterfall and at the fot of the hiking trains.  Wear comfortable shoes, open your eyes and prepare to be inspired.

The Hudson River School was America’s first major art movement. It dominated American visual arts for over 50 years with over 100 influential artists between 1825 and 1875. In recent decades, it has become one of the most widely celebrated movements in America’s cultural history. Major exhibitions and publications on this subject have taken place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1987), the Tate Modern, London (2002), and many others. The scenes on the Hudson River School painters’ canvases, now hanging in major museums all over the world, are the views that surround us here in the Catskill Mountains. Many of these views including the Kaaterskill Falls remain remarkably unchanged since the 19th-century, and are instantly recognizable as the scenes depicted in the paintings. The Trail enables will enable you to find these sites using a special map-brochure, website, and outdoor educational panels.

For information on the trails and falls go to-

To learn more about the Catskill Art and Culture Festival go to www.

For accommodations call the Catskill Bed and Breakfast at 212-724-8782


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