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Hudson River Valley Ramble kicks off in Kingston

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Some high praise handed out to the Hudson River. Our Christian Farrell has more on the latest recognition received by the grand old river.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- The paddles pierced the water early Saturday at Kingston Point Beach.
These Kingston kayakers are actually taking part in the 13th annual Hudson River Valley Ramble.

"The National Park Service called the Hudson River Valley the landscape that defined America. And the ramble hopes to connect people with that heritage landscape," said Mark Castiglione of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

However, according to Castiglione the ramble is also very much about utilizing the river to have fun. 96 designated public access sites certainly now makes that much easier to do.

"The challenge in the Hudson River corridor is that about 70 percent of the shoreline is blocked off by the railroads. So, it was a real challenge to figure out how to get the public access with that constraint," said Castiglione.

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail actually stretches 256 miles all the way from the Adirondacks down to Manhattan. Making it the longest single water trail in the entire country.

Now the water trail has the distinction of being designated National Water Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

"These are the cream of the crop of paddling trails nationwide. They're the best managed, the longest, the best access to the riverways," said Karl Beard of the National Parks Service.

There are only nine such designations in the country.

"The water trail and this designation I think will really attract more people here to get on the Hudson River, and support our region's economy," said Castiglione.

The Hudson River Valley Ramble continues on weekends throughout September.

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