- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than 200 outdoor adventures including walking tours, bike rides, hikes and paddles are planned for the annual Hudson River Valley Ramble that kicks off this weekend.

The Ramble showcases the region’s scenery, history, natural resources, and recreational opportunities and boosts the local tourism economy. It involves more than 150 state and local agencies, communities and organizations.

Events are led by naturalists, historians, geologists and experienced volunteers.

Mark Castiglione, acting director the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, said a recent study found the Ramble generates $21 million in economic impact each year.

Events this weekend include a tour of Franklin Roosevelt’s tree plantations in Hyde Park, a kayak tour to the Saugerties Lighthouse, and a nature hike in the Albany Pine Bush.

For a schedule of events, visit www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com .

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