Written by Malerie Yolen- Cohen for the Huffington Post The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, the lesser-traveled portion of the Catskill Mountains, is being re-imagined as New York’s extreme adventure park a mere two hours from Manhattan. But, in reality, this has been America’s Playland for over 200 years. In the early 1800’s, artist Thomas Cole founded the Hudson River School of Art, rendering these mountainous, waterfall-packed landscapes on canvas; tempting America’s first tourists to revel in, rather than avoid, these natural wonders. Much of what Cole painted has not changed over the years, and vacationers still come for the sheer beauty of the place. But now, newer generations are discovering it for other reasons. Read on to get the most out of your trip to this swath of land from the Hudson River to the Northern-most Catskills, “America’s First Wilderness.” Click here to read her blog!