What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a free event at New York's newest State Park right here in the Hudson Valley?

Sojourner Truth State Park in Kingston, NY

Even cooler, Sojourner Truth State Park is the first state park in Kingston, NY. Growing up in Ulster County, Kingston was our "big city" destination for shopping, eating, and even buying my first car. To be able to add a state park to its resume is beyond impressive. To celebrate the grand opening and just in time for Earth Day, there's a free event happening this Saturday.

Portrait Of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner truth is one of the most important figures in American history, and she was born right here in the Hudson Valley (Getty Images)
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There couldn't be a more appropriate person to honor with the park naming, either. Sojourner Truth was born in Esopus in present-day Ulster County and led one of the most remarkable lives in American history. From the governor's office:

[Sojourner Truth] became one of the nation's leading voices for abolition and universal suffrage in the mid-19th century. During the Civil War, she recruited men for the Union Army, and worked for the Freedmen’s Bureau, an agency that assisted the newly freed enslaved.

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Sojourner Truth has already been honored with this statue in Central Park, but an entire State Park takes it to a whole new level (Getty Images)
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So come celebrate an American legend and our planet on Saturday. Here's what to expect:

Earth Day at Sojourner Truth State Park

Earth Day was started over 50 years ago in the United States but has since spread to over 190 countries. The new Sojourner Truth State Park will open on Saturday, April 23rd at 11am, with festivities continuing until 2pm. Entry is free, and Earth Day activities will include vendors serving lunch, music, and of course the first opportunity to check out New York's newest state park.

SojournerTruthStatePark.info
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More Earth Day activities in the Hudson Valley include CBD Donuts debuting in Beacon, NY and making bear treats at Bear Mountain. Another way to enjoy nature this weekend is one of the many spectacular hikes in our area. Check them out below.

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We've compiled a list of the 25 best hikes in the Hudson Valley. All of the hikes are of varying difficulties and lengths, so no matter your skill level or amount of time you have available there is a hike for you here.

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