: Its a beautiful river but as is the CT. The nice thing about the CT
: is you can land practically anywhere along the river for a lunch
: or a sneaky camp over. The Hudson has RR tracks on both sides
: with steep rock embankments down to the water on a lot of it.
: Its beautiful, no doubt and nice mountains, cliffs etc. and
: worth paddling. Cold Springs is a nice vacation type of town
Each river has its charms to be sure!
The Connecticut seems to me quieter and more bucolic, whereas the Hudson River remains a working river in every sense of the word.
On the lower Connecticut there are all manner of recreational craft and an occasional ferry, but rarely the mix of tugs towing barges, small tankers and large tour boats, some under sail, that frequent the Hudson.
To be sure, both sides of the Hudson are lined with rail tracks, but those tracks date to the beginnings of rail travel in the 19th century, and sometimes one comes across a bridge or trestle that is adorned with decorative ironwork engineers no longer include in their designs. The frequent passage of passenger and freight trains while perhaps noisy provides a visual and aural feast for those with an interest in railways.
It may be that there are more places to land on the Connecticut, but much of the shoreline is privately held. On the Hudson there are actually plenty of small islands or peninsulas beyond the rail line, and streams and marshes that are accessible under bridges and trestles, so landing is not a problem for a small group, and not much more so for a large group than on the Connecticut.
I'm not especially knowledgeable about the history of the Connecticut, but can say for certain that that of the Hudson is rich from precolonial to colonial to Revolutionary War to westward migration to the indiustrial age.
The best thing is that each river has gotten considerably cleaner in my lifetime, with a return of species that had been lost in the mid-twentieth century: eagles, shad, Sargasso eels, salmon and so forth.
I grew up near the Hudson, and make a point to get to the river once or twice every year; all the same, I enjoy my more frequent explorations of the Connecticut since moving to New England.
The Connyak BBS