Little Stony Point, Cold Spring

Little Stony Point is one of the most popular beaches along the Hudson River.  A short half a mile walk from the parking lot on...

Poet’s Walk Park, Red Hook

Poet’s Walk Park in Red Hook is one of the most popular destinations in the Hudson Valley for a nice stroll.  It was designed by landscape architect Hans...

Poughkeepsie Waterfront (Wrayas Park), Poughkeepsie

The Victor Wrayas park along the Hudson River in downtown Poughkeepsie provides amazing views of the river and two very cool looking bridges.  The FDR...

Indian Brook Falls, Garrison

Sitting on one of the many blouders surrounding the majestic forty foot Indian Brook Waterfalls in Garrison is one of the most peaceful experiences in the Hudson...

Madam Brett Park, Beacon

Located in the city of Beacon is another Scenic Hudson gem.  Madam Brett Park houses the beautiful Tioronda Falls and offers a short trail along the...

Riverfront Park, Beacon

A small recreation park behind the Beacon train station is a popular place for little kids to play in the slides & swings and older...

Long Dock Park, Beacon

Long Dock Park in Beacon is one of the most scenic and accessible parks in the Hudson Valley and my favorite place in the Hudson...

Croton Gorge Park, Cortland

Home of the impressive Croton Dam, this park contains some of the most scenic waterfalls  in the area.  There is a walking trail that lets...

Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls

Stony Kill Farm is located on Rt 9D in the Town of Wappingers Falls.  The farm includes a 19th Century barn and farmhouse, an 18th Century...

Dennings Point, Beacon

A cool little peninsula in Beacon sticking out in the river offers visitor’s some nice hiking trails, a peaceful cove, awesome bird watching opportunities.  Part...

Welcome to Hudson Valley Illustrated!

Welcome to Hudson Valley Illustrated, the companion site of the Hudson Valley Illustrated coffee table book! The Hudson Valley region in New York is a hidden treasure located in the backyard of one of the biggest cities in the world. The region revolves around the amazing Hudson River which starts its journey to the Atlantic Ocean in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The historic region is nestled with spectacular mountains, creeks, lakes, waterfalls, farms, mansions, and lively cities. Designated as a National Heritage Area, there is breathtaking beauty everywhere one looks. The area is getting its much deserved recognition by making it to National Geographic's "Top 20 destinations in the world" list in 2013 and Fodor's "Go List 2015".

I am Vijai Kalathur, a landscape photographer and the author of the "Hudson Valley Illustrated" book. The beauty of the Hudson Valley inspired me to take up photography as a serious hobby 8 year back. I have been on a bit of a mission over the last five years to visit 50 amazing spots in the Hudson Valley and capture the beauty of the majestic Hudson Valley. The 100 page photo book documents my journey and provides a glimpse of the beauty that exists in the Hudson Valley region by taking its readers to many picturesque spots in the area. Some of the destinations are very well known and popular while others are hidden treasures. This site has more details and photos of these amazing destinations. We hope you enjoy the journey.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the many groups in the region for all that they do to preserve the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. One of the organizations leading this effort is Scenic Hudson. Many of the photos in this book & site were captured at parks created and maintained by them. To support their efforts, we will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to Scenic Hudson. Thank you for your support!

Hudson Valley Destinations

Little Stony Point, Cold Spring
 

Little Stony Point, Cold Spring

Little Stony Point is one of the most popular beaches along the Hudson River.  A short half a mile walk from the parking lot on...
Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls
 

Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls

Stony Kill Farm is located on Rt 9D in the Town of Wappingers Falls.  The farm includes a 19th Century barn and farmhouse, an 18th Century...
Mt. Beacon, Beacon
 

Mt. Beacon, Beacon

If you are looking to get in a good workout and want an instant reward for your efforts, Mt. Beacon is what you have been looking...
Dennings Point, Beacon
 

Dennings Point, Beacon

A cool little peninsula in Beacon sticking out in the river offers visitor’s some nice hiking trails, a peaceful cove, awesome bird watching opportunities.  Part...
Poughkeepsie Waterfront (Wrayas Park), Poughkeepsie
 

Poughkeepsie Waterfront (Wrayas Park), Poughkeepsie

The Victor Wrayas park along the Hudson River in downtown Poughkeepsie provides amazing views of the river and two very cool looking bridges.  The FDR...
Riverfront Park, Beacon
 

Riverfront Park, Beacon

A small recreation park behind the Beacon train station is a popular place for little kids to play in the slides & swings and older...
Croton Gorge Park, Cortland
 

Croton Gorge Park, Cortland

Home of the impressive Croton Dam, this park contains some of the most scenic waterfalls  in the area.  There is a walking trail that lets...
Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point, New Windsor
 

Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point, New Windsor

Located on the western banks of the Hudson River, Plum Point offers magnificent vistas of the Hudson River and the surrounding mountains.  The views from this site...
Beacon Falls, Beacon
 

Beacon Falls, Beacon

Beacon Falls is a pretty waterfall located in Beacon and is a perfect symbol of the resurgence of Beacon.  This area of town was once a...
Poet’s Walk Park, Red Hook
 

Poet’s Walk Park, Red Hook

Poet’s Walk Park in Red Hook is one of the most popular destinations in the Hudson Valley for a nice stroll.  It was designed by landscape architect Hans...
Indian Brook Falls, Garrison
 

Indian Brook Falls, Garrison

Sitting on one of the many blouders surrounding the majestic forty foot Indian Brook Waterfalls in Garrison is one of the most peaceful experiences in the Hudson...
Madam Brett Park, Beacon
 

Madam Brett Park, Beacon

Located in the city of Beacon is another Scenic Hudson gem.  Madam Brett Park houses the beautiful Tioronda Falls and offers a short trail along the...
Long Dock Park, Beacon
 

Long Dock Park, Beacon

Long Dock Park in Beacon is one of the most scenic and accessible parks in the Hudson Valley and my favorite place in the Hudson...